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General archive options

In the General archive options, you have the following settings options:

  • Limit archive size: If you store archives on CD-, DVD-ROM or other writable media, it is important that the G DATA software limits the size of the archive files. Here, you can choose from default sizes enabling you to retrospectively store the archive data on CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs. When the archive reaches the maximum size specified here, it is split and the backup information is spread across two or more archive files.
  • Create multisession CD/DVD: If you select this option, you create backup CDs or DVDs that are rewritable. Doing so does not delete the content previously saved – it just enhances it with the new content.
  • Delete temporary archives: This option should generally be enabled. After a certain number of backup operations, temporary archives require a lot of space on your hard disk and are no longer needed after their temporary use.
  • Copy restore program files: If you activate this function, in addition to the archive data a program is also installed in the storage area of your data backup that you can use to restore your data without using installed G DATA software. To use this function, start the AVKBackup program or AVKBackup.exe from the CD/DVD ROM.

The restore program is only copied with it onto CD/DVD-ROM. This is not the case for backup copies to removable media (USB stick, external hard disk).

If you have installed the G DATA software on the computer on which the restore is due to take place, please do not execute the restore with the restore program on the CD/DVD-ROM. Instead, use the function Import archive.

  • Check files for viruses before archiving: If the AntiVirus module is installed, you can check your data for viruses before it is stored in the backup archive.
  • Check archive after creation: The purpose of this function is to check the archive for completeness and correctness once it has been created.
  • Encrypt archive: If you want to protect archived files from external access, you can assign a password to them. In this case, the data can only be restored with this password. You should memorise this password or write it down and put it somewhere safe. Your archive data cannot be restored without the password.
  • Integrity test with differential backup: The purpose of this function is to check a partial backup for completeness and correctness once it has been created.
  • Integrity check when restoring from a hard drive: This function is used to check that data has restored correctly after a restore. Directory for temporary files involves the storage area for data that the G DATA software only temporarily writes to your hard disk. If there is insufficient space on your standard partition, this is where you can change the partition and the temporary storage location for these files.
  • Use Windows volume shadow copy: If this option is disabled, no image of the system partition can be created during normal operation.
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