Step 6. Advanced Options

On this wizard step, configure advanced options for your backup plan.

The following settings are available on this wizard page:

  • Exclude files/folders. Select this check box to specify files and folders on selected drives to be excluded from your backup. Click edit with advanced dialog to open You can list these folders using a visual editor that is invoked by clicking a corresponding link.

  • Enable synthetic full backup

This option is available only if you use Amazon S3 as your target cloud storage.

A synthetic full backup is a combination of a full and incremental (block-level) backups. As opposed to a full backup, a synthetic full backup does not upload a full version to the target storage with each backup. Instead, it assembles a new revision directly in the target storage by combining already existing blocks from previous revisions with newly uploaded blocks. This enables you to upload less data to the target storage and speed up the upload process. With this option enabled, the first run of your backup plan will automatically force a full backup (synthetic backups will be executed during subsequent runs of this backup plan).

Advanced Disk Options

You can customize the additional options. To open this settings group, click Advanced Disk Options.

  • Ignore bad sectors. Enable this option to allow the recovery process to complete after encountering any damaged sectors on a local storage drive. After restoring such a volume, bad sectors will become empty sectors and you will not be able to read any files that were allocated in basd sectors.
  • Disable VSS, use direct access to NTFS volume Disables Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which may be required when a disk is not used for writing operations and has not enough space to create a VSS snapshot (typically, this is the case with system volumes).
  • Use system VSS provider. This option forces CloudBerry Backup to use the system default VSS provider. Select this check box in case of presence of any third-party VSS providers installed on the system that may interfere with proper processing of VSS snapshots by CloudBerry Backup.
  • Prefetch block count. Specifies the maximum number of blocks that CloudBerry Backup can store in memory for each disk volume.

A block is a minimum unit of information that CloudBerry Backup can process at a time when preparing a backup.

When you need to perform a block-level backup over a disk containing several terabytes of data, you can speed up the backup processing by increasing the block size (see below).

  • Block size Specifies the amount of data CloudBerry Backup can process at a time.