Data Seeding (New Backup Format)

Data seeding is a solution for computers or networks with low bandwidth or unstable outgoing connections to cloud storage, or other connection issues.

With data seeding, you can transfer the full backup dataset to a computer with a faster connection to upload it to cloud storage and continue with incremental backups from the original location with slow connections.

The idea of data seeding is as follows: the first full backup is created in a local destination (for example, on a disk of the same computer or in a network share), then the full backup is transferred to a location with a faster connection for the subsequent copying to cloud storage. Once the first full backup transfer is complete and the original computer is connected to the cloud storage, synchronization is performed and the next backup should be incremental.

Incremental backups from the original location can be continued without overloading a slow internet channel.

Create Local Full Backup

  1. Run Backup for Windows.
  2. Add a new local storage account.

  1. Create a new backup plan using the storage account created in the previous step.
  2. Finish the backup wizard, then run the backup plan.

Make sure the backup plan is completed successfully. In case of errors, follow the suggested solutions to get rid of them and obtain a successful backup copy

Transfer Backup Data to External Device

Copy the backed up data from the location specified in the local storage account (e.g., the local storage account is set to d:\Seeding) to the external device that will be used for further data transfer to cloud storage.

To do this, connect the external storage device to the original computer, open the location specified in the local storage account used for data seeding, then copy all content to an external storage device.

Transfer Backup Data from External Device to Cloud Storage

On a computer with a faster internet connection copy the backup data from an external storage device to the cloud storage. For example, you can do it using the CloudBerry Explorer.

  1. After installing the CloudBerry Explorer, open it.
  2. Add a storage account with the target cloud credentials.

  1. Copy the backup data to the required bucket.

Continue Incremental Backups on Original Computer

Once the first full backup is on cloud storage, get back to the original computer.

  1. Run Backup for Windows.
  2. Add the new storage account with the same credentials you used to copy the backup data from an external device to cloud storage.

  1. Find the backup plan you created in the Create Local Full Backup paragraph, then click Edit.
  2. On the Select Backup Storage tab, select the cloud storage account you added on step 2.

  1. Follow the backup wizard steps and configure all required settings.
  2. Save the backup plan.
  3. Run the backup plan.