Seeding Data with a Faster Computer

Backing up Data to SSD / HDD

The first step is to back up the data to an external storage device from which the fast PC will transfer the backup data to the cloud. If the storage device represents a regular HDD or SSD that you later plan to connect to a faster computer nearby, simply select it as the local file system backup destination when configuring a backup plan.

Conclude configuring the plan and execute it afterward.

Transferring Data to the Backup Storage

This section is intended for users who use their own fast PC to transfer data to the backup storage. If you use Azure Import, B2 Fireball, or Wasabi Ball, skip this section.

Now it's time to transfer the backup data to the cloud storage on the fast PC. Connect the storage device to the computer and launch CloudBerry Explorer (free download).

Drag and drop the backup data to your cloud storage bucket. It's essential that you put the your data in the root folder of the bucket because that's where CloudBerry Backup will look for it later.

The bucket that contains you backup data must be identical to the bucket of the cloud destination in CloudBerry Backup

Now that the data is in the storage, it's time to modify the backup structure in the storage as well as sync CloudBerry Backup's database with the cloud so that the app will be able to perform subsequent differential backups.

Modifying Data Structure in the Storage

The file structure of your data in the cloud storage currently does not conform to CloudBerry Backup's standard and therefore needs to be updated. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to continue backing up data to the same storage. You also need to sync the slow PC with the cloud so that CloudBerry Backup can determine which files are already in the cloud and don't need to be backed up again.

Both of these tasks can be accomplished by using our special terminal command.

C:\Program Files\CloudBerryLab\CloudBerry Backup\cbb -seedingRename accountName

where:

Parameter Description Value
seedingRename Indicates which cloud storage account should have its data updated Account name. Can be requested by executing cbb account -l

This command will restructure the data in the cloud as well as perform repository sync.

The last step is to change the backup destination in your backup plan from the storage device (SSD / B2 Fireball) to the cloud storage that contains all the transferred data. When done, the seeding process can be considered successfully executed.

By now you have:

  • [x] Backed up data to an external storage device.
  • [x] Transferred data from the external storage device to the required cloud storage with a fast PC.
  • [x] Restructured the data in the cloud to conform with CloudBerry Backup's standards.

When new files are added to the folder, CloudBerry Backup will back them up as expected without reuploading the files you have seeded. Likewise, whenever you modify any files within that folder, just execute the backup plan and all of the modifications will be uploaded to the cloud.