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How to Tell What Is Backed Up
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Article Summary
  • You can easily determine which files and folders Carbonite is backing up with the colored status dots or the Carbonite Backup Drive.
  • The colored status dots show you if a file is backed up, pending back up, or not selected for back up.
  • Within the Carbonite Backup Drive, you will see the current state of each file and folder in your backup.

 

 

 

How to Check the Status of Individual Files and Folders

To see the status of your backup, you may check the backup status of an individual file or folder or use the Carbonite Backup DriveCarbonite’s virtual drive, containing all the files within your backup. Located within Windows Explorer. to view all the files and folders that are selected for back up.

If you would like to view the backupA set of copies of your files on our servers. status of an individual file or folder, first locate the file/folder on your computer. You can locate files by opening folders such as My Documents, My Pictures, and My Music. If the file/folder is located on your desktop, you can view its status there.

A file/folder's backup status is indicated by the presence of a small dot on the bottom left corner of the file/folder's icon. If the file/folder does not have a dot, it has not been selected for back up by Carbonite.

 

 
Icon   Backup Status
File Icon with Green Dot  

A green dot on a file indicates that the file has been backed up.

File Icon with Yellow Dot  

A yellow dot on a file indicates that the file is selected for back up, but back up is pending (has not yet completed).

Folder Icon with Green Dot  

A green dot on a folder indicates that all of the folder's contents have been marked for back up and that back up of all items within the folder has completed.

Folder Icon with Green Circle  

A green donut on a folder indicates that only some of the folder's contents have been marked for back up and that their back up has completed. Some of the folder's files or sub-folders have not been selected for back up.

Folder icon with yellow dot  

A yellow dot on a folder indicates that the folder contains files or subfolders that have been selected for back up, but back up is pending (has not yet completed).

 

 

Viewing all Files and Folders

If you would like to see all the files and folders that have been selected for back up, you can use the Carbonite Backup Drive. You can open the Carbonite Backup Drive through the Carbonite InfoCenter.

 

 

Double-click the Carbonite lock icon in your Windows notification area to open the Carbonite InfoCenter.

Lock Icon

Note: If you do not see the lock, click the show hidden icons button ( < ) next to your Windows notification area to view hidden icons. In Windows 7, click the Show hidden icons button ( ^ ) next to your Windows notification area, to see the Carbonite lock. If you are running Windows 8 and are not viewing the desktop, please press the Windows Key + D on your keyboard to view the desktop.

 

 

Within the Carbonite InfoCenter, click Restore to view the restore options and click Browse your backup to open the Carbonite Backup Drive.

Restore Tab

 

 

You will see the Carbonite Backup Drive window displayed. This window shows you all of the files in your backup, organized just as they are on your computer.

You will see a list of top-level drives and folders that contain files and/or folders that have been selected for back up. To see the individual files, you must navigate into the folders by double-clicking on them.

In addition to listing the files, the Carbonite Backup Drive shows you important information about each file/folder,  such as the current backup state and when a file will be backed up again. The following information (displayed as columns) is available about each file/folder:

  • Size - The total size of a file, or total size of all folder contents
  • Version - The file's version number in the Carbonite backup (does not apply to folders)
  • State - The file/folder's backup state. The table below lists all possible states (and whether they apply to files or folders):
State Applies to  

Folder contains files or subfolders that are pending backup

Folders 

 

Backup up-to-date

Folders 

 

Backup up-to-date, but some files or subfolders are not selected for back up

Folders 

 

File backed up

Files 

 

File will be backed up again in x hours/minutes

Files

 
  • # Files - The total number of files in the folder; for files, this number is always "1" 
  • Last Backed Up - The date and time the file was last backed up. 

If you do not see one or more of these columns, you can add them to the display by first positioning the cursor over one of the column headings (e.g. Name, State, Version), then right-clicking and selecting the column you want to add.

 

 

How To Tell What's Backed Up

 


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