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Getting started - five easy steps

Bonkey has two parts: a service, which runs in the background and carries out scheduled backups; and a front-end, through which you can configure your backups. This section is a basic guide to using the front-end.

1. Locations

Files are shown on the right hand side of the screen in the 'Locations' tab. Locations are automatically created for local disks and for your user directory (which contains your Desktop and My Documents folders). You can add new locations by right-clicking in the 'Locations' area and selecting the    'New location...' entry in the menu.

2. Backup groups

Backup groups are shown in the main screen. To view a backup group, click on its name. This will open a tab for the selected backup group with its settings, files and history displayed.

You can create any number of backup groups backing up different files to different locations and at different intervals.

3. Add files and folders

To add files to a backup group, drag a file or folder from the 'Locations' tab to the backup group you want to add it to.

Once you have added files to a group, each file can be enabled or disabled using the right mouse button. This allows you to exclude the files and subdirectories that you don't want to backup.

4. Targets

You can add any number of locations as the target for a backup group. Each location is a possible target for the backup, or new locations can be created by selecting 'Create new target...'. You may wish to create a target which is a directory on a local disk, a directory on an FTP site, a directory on a network share, a directory on a USB key, or an S3 account.

5. Backup settings

Apart from the frequency and the backup target, the most important setting is whether the backup should be a complete backup, or a backup of modified files only.

A complete backup will backup all the files in the group into a folder with the time and date of the backup. Using this method, there will be a separate copy of each file in the backup group made every time the backup is run.

A backup of modified files only will backup the files into the same folder each time the backup is run. When doing so, it will overwrite old copies of the files made during previous backups. Using this method, there is only one backup copy of the files - the most recent version - which will save space. This approach also saves time, as only files which have changed since the last backup will be copied to the backup target.

Which method you choose to use depends upon whether you want to keep old backups of the files. For some data, such as accounting records, you may wish to do a complete backup so as to have copies of the information for each week. For other data, such as your My Documents folder, you may only want to keep the latest version of each document.

You can set the compression used for backups (either the standard ZIP format to save space, or no compression for easy access). For other backup settings, see the rest of this help guide.


With those steps complete, your data is being backed up. It is highly recommended that you read the 'Things you should know' section, or at least have a look around File->Preferences..., in order to ensure you are getting the most out of Bonkey.

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