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You can view and modify the properties of your item any time you wish. Select an item and click the "Edit Item" button Edit Item. "Item Properties" dialog will appear. Note that the program will display different property sets for different item types: Backup item and Synchronization item.

Backup Item Properties

Name: Use to modify item name.
What to Backup: Use to select other files and folders you want to backup. For details, see Specify What to Backup topic.
Where to Backup: Use to redefine the location where to backup your data or to change proxy settings. For details, see Specify Where to Backup topic.
Storage: Use to change compression and encryption parameters and timestamp format settings. For details, see Specify Storage Options topic.
Advanced: Use to define advanced operations with your files/folders.



  Backup open files using VSS: Check this option if you want to backup files being used by other programs. Backup Platinum uses the VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) technology to backup open files.

VSS is a mechanism for creating consistent point-in-time copies of data called shadow copies. Shadow copy is a read-only copy of original files/folders made on a specific volume at a specific point in time. Shadow copies allow accessing copies of files that have been locked by other applications for editing.

During backup, Backup Platinum creates full non-persistent shadow copies of volumes which contain files being backed up. The original volume can continue to take changes of other applications, while the shadow copy volume remains an exact read-only copy of the original data at the time when that copy was made. Since Backup Platinum uses the shadow copy of original files, it is able to access every file without interfering with other applications writing to those files.

Note that VSS is supported in Windows XP/2003/Vista. Older versions of Microsoft Windows do not have this service. "Backup open files" feature will work only under Windows XP/2003/Vista provided that
1. The VSS service is enabled on your system, and
2. There is at least one NTFS volume.

To check that VSS is enabled on your system, go to "Control Panel", select "Administrative Tools" and choose "Services". Find "Volume Shadow Copy" service in the list of services and view its "Startup Type" column. Check that this service is not disabled. (By default it is not disabled.)
Tip. You do not need to start the Volume Shadow Copy service manually. Backup Platinum will start it if necessary.

If the VSS service is unavailable (it is the case of older versions of Microsoft Windows, or when VSS is disabled on your system), Backup Platinum will not process files already opened by other programs.

  Delete old files from destination: Enables to delete files created by the program during previous backups from the folder where files are backed up.

  Safe overwrite: Your old backup copies in the destination folder will be deleted only after new copies are saved. It makes backup process more reliable. First, the program will create new backup copies with temporary names in the destination folder, then the program will delete old backup copies and restore original file names for new ones. This option is not applicable for backup onto CD/DVD/Blu-Ray discs.

  Check CRC: If this option is checked, Backup Platinum will perform additional validity check after making backup. If you backup on an FTP server, files will be downloaded from the server after backup and compared with original ones.

  Incremental backup: Check if you wish to enable incremental backup. In this case, the program will copy only files that have been changed since previous backup. At this, files will be compared by date and time of the last change. Advantages of this backup type are quite obvious: less amount of data to operate with, less time necessary to perform the backup operation. If you don't check this option, the program will make a full backup.

  Do not split files: The program will not split backup copies of files when placing them on several CD/DVD/Blu-Ray discs or several volumes of ZIP archive.

  Backup security permissions and alternate streams: Check this option if you want to save NTFS permissions and alternate streams for selected files and folders.

  When backup finished: You can select the action that the program will perform after backup. By default no action is specified ("Do Nothing" option).
  • Do Nothing. The program will not perform any action after backup.
  • Log Off: The program will log off current Windows user after backup operation.
  • Stand By: After backup operation your computer will be switched to the Stand by mode.
  • Shut Down: After backup operation your computer will be shut down.
Scheduling: Use to change scheduling options. For details, see Scheduling topic.
Actions: This section enables you to run any program before/after operation with your item. For example, you can run an antiviral program before backing up your data.


Run program before running item: Enables running the specified program before running this item.
Wait for program before proceeding: If you set this option, Backup Platinum will wait until the program finishes before proceeding operation with your item.
Run program after running item: Enables running the specified program after running this item.
Wait for program before finishing: If you set this option, Backup Platinum will wait until the program finishes before completing operation with your item.
Send e-mail notifications: To enable this option, you need to set up e-mail notification settings on the E-mail Notifications tab of program settings.
When the operation finishes: Enables e-mail notification upon finishing operation with the item.
When the operation finishes with an error: Enables e-mail notification upon finishing operation with the item in case the operation finishes with an error.

Synchronization Item Properties

Name: Use to modify item name.
First Folder: Use to re-select the first folder. For details, see Specify First Folder topic.
Second Folder: Use to re-select the second folder to synchronize with the first one. For details, see Specify Second Folder topic.
Advanced: Use to define advanced operations with your files/folders. For details, see Advanced Synchronization Settings.
Scheduling: Use to change scheduling options. For details, see Scheduling topic.
Actions: Similar to "Actions" tab of backup item properties (see above).


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