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Backup is an operation to save a selected Outlook Express data into some file. We advice you always make backup to file on your hard drive, because floppies, ZIPs, or other disks have a limited space and your backup data may not fit the volume. After the backup procedure you can write the file to any media using Windows Explorer or other file manager. If size of you backup file greater then volume of media, you can split the file with any archiver (WinZip, WinRar, etc.) or any file splitting tool. We advice you to use CD-R, DVD-R, Flash Drive, ZIP, or network connection to transfer data to other computer. Also please save a copy of your backup file outside the computer, because the computer or the hard drive could be broken.



How to backup


Run the program and open Backup page:



Figure 5: Backup operation.


1.Select the identity (Figure 5; Pos 1)
2.Select all items (Figure 5; Pos 2) that you want to backup
3.Select a file name where the data will be stored (Figure 5; Pos 3)


Note: If you select only folder name (for ex. "C:\Backup\") then backup file with default name in format "yyyy MMMM dd, HH-mm-ss.oeb2" (ex. "2006 June 02, 13-24-37.oeb2") will be created.

4.You can create self extracting backup file (Figure 5; Pos.4, read more in Self extracting backup files topic)
5.You can protect your backup file with password. (Figure 5; Pos. 6). Type password manually or use Password generator


Note: Do not forget the password! You'll not be able to restore password-protected backup file without it.


6.You can write a brief description (Figure 5; Pos 6) to mark your backup file.
7.Press Backup button (Figure 5; Pos 7) to perform the operation.


Note: If your backup file size exceeds critical system size, additional volumes with name in format "backup_file_name.oeb2.zXX" (ex. "MainIdentityBackup.oeb2", "MainIdentityBackup.oeb2.z01", "MainIdentityBackup.oeb2.z02" etc.) will be created. Do not forget to save all these files, as they will be required during restore process.


The backup operation takes some time, it's depending on a size of your Outlook Express data. You'll be able to see a progress (Figure 6) during the operation:



Figure 6: Backup operation progress.


You will get Operation complete message (Figure 7), if the backup operation was completed successfully.



Figure 7: Backup complete.


You will get Backup complete with errors message (Figure 8), if errors occurred during backup but you've decided not to abort backup process. Your backup file is valid and you can use it but some items can be missed in it.

Click Send Error Report button if you want our support team to investigate the problem.



Figure 8: Backup complete with errors.


You will get Operation aborted message (Figure 9) if the backup operation has been canceled.



Figure 9: Backup canceled.


You will get Operation error message (Figure 10) if some serious errors occurred. Your backup file is invalid, please check if you have enough free space on you disk, make sure that you are not trying to backup to CD or DVD or any other external drive, and redo the backup procedure.

Click Send Error Report button if you want our support team to investigate the problem.



Figure 10: Some serious errors occurred.


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