When a back up is finished

After a back up finishes, consider the following best practices:

Review the contents of recovery points and file and folder backup data.

Periodically review the contents of your recovery points to ensure that you back up only your essential data.

For file and folder backups, click Recover My Files from either the Home or Tasks pages. Then click Search to display the latest version of all the files that are included in your backup.

See About opening files and folders stored in a recovery point.

Review the Status page to verify that backups have happened and to identify any potential problems.

Periodically review the Status page. You can also review the events log on the Advanced page.

The event log records events when they occur, backups and any errors that might have occurred during or after a backup.

If you do not see the Advanced page tab, click View > Show Advanced Page.


Backup status and other messages are also conveyed in the system tray. So you do not even need to start the product to identify the status of your backups.

Manage storage space by eliminating old backup data.

Delete outdated recovery points to make more hard disk space available.

Also, reduce the number of file versions that are created by file and folder backups.

See Managing recovery point storage.

See About managing file and folder backup data.

Review the level of protection that is provided for each of your computer's drives.

Check the Status page on a regular basis to ensure that each drive has a defined backup.

Maintain backup copies of your recovery points.

Store backup copies of your recovery points in a safe place. For example you can store them elsewhere on a network, or you can store them on CDs, DVDs, or tapes for long-term, off-site storage.

More Information

Verifying that a backup is successful

Making copies of recovery points