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You can change general backup options in the Options area. In general, you do not have to make any changes here since the G DATA default options cover most application scenarios.

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.

User details

To be able to carry out scheduled backups at all, you must check the box next to the Run job as option and enter the access data for your Windows user account there. This input is required so the backup can be scheduled to run even when you are not logged on as a user.


In the Compression area, you can determine if your archives should be strongly or weakly compressed.

Good compression: the data is strongly compressed for the backup. This saves you backup storage space, but the backup itself will take longer.
Balanced compression: the backup is not so strongly compressed, but it will be executed more quickly.
Fast execution: data is not compressed, so the backup is executed quickly.

Exclude files

In general, the G DATA software saves files on the basis of their file format. On your computer system, however, corresponding file formats also exist in areas that are managed automatically and are not relevant for backup because the respective files are only stored temporarily (e.g. to speed up the display of pages from the Internet). To ensure that the G DATA software does not accidentally archive these files as well, you can exclude them by setting the corresponding checkmark.

  • Temporary directory with files: If this option is selected, the temporary folders and any subfolders and files located there will not be included in the backup.
  • Temporary Internet directories with files: If this option is selected, the folders for caching websites and any subfolders and files located there will not be included in the backup.
  • Thumbs.db: If this option is selected, the thumbs.db files created automatically by Windows Explorer will not be included in the backup. These files are used to manage thumbnails for slideshows, for example, and are generated automatically from original images.
  • Temporary files (file attribute): If this option is selected, the files with the system-assigned temporary file attribute are not included in the backup.
  • System files (file attribute): If this option is selected, the files with the system-assigned system file file attribute are not included in the backup.
  • Exclude file type: You can use this function to define file extensions that should be excluded from your backup. To do so, proceed as follows: Under File type (e.g. *.txt), enter the file extension or file name that you want to exclude. Now click OK. Repeat this process for all other file types and file names that you want to exclude, e.g. picasa.ini, *.ini, *bak etc. The asterisk and the question mark can be used as wildcards here. Wildcards function as follows:
    The question mark symbol (?) represents individual characters.
    The asterisk symbol (*) represents entire character strings.

For instance, in order to check all files with the file extension exe, enter *.exe. In order to check various spreadsheet formats (for example, *.xlr, *.xls), simply enter *.xl?. In order to check files of different file types but that have a file name that begins with the same string, you could enter text*.* for example.

Reset to default

By clicking this button, you accept the options that have been defined as the default options for the G DATA software. That is, if you accidentally entered incorrect options for creating backups and you do not know how to correct them, click the Reset to current default options button.

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