Cobian Backup uses a simplified approach to backing up and restoring your . Manually, This will allow you to type out the path to the files or. Cobian Backup is an excellant free backup software for Windows. Read this review and tutorial to learn how to use Cobian Backup. This is a step-by-step guide on how to install the Cobian Backup software. Cobian is a simple file replication software that allows users to restore lost/ damaged.

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Please, read also the document Backup theory to learn about backups, permissions, etc. Does Cobian Backup work in Windows 8 and 10? My favorite unpacker cannot open zip files created by the program. Q- In the log file I see: The program compresses and encrypts twice.

Q- When using absolute paths and automatic deletion, maual files are deleted but not the long path. Q – I get a popup window when the interface starts. How do I fix that?

Q- How do I know which backups are full, which are incremental, etc? Could you add the backup type to the file names? Q- I have successfully installed the program as a service. It worked fine for some weeks but now I get the error “Engine not found”. I want to close a program. What is the “Window Caption” that I need to enter? When impersonating an user and using VSS, the program logs on the impersonated user twice.

If I have 2 tasks scheduled to start at the same time, in which order will they start? Will they run simultaneously? I want my tasks to run simultaniously. If not, why not? I get a “Connection refused” error when checking for new versions.

Installing the program as a service, I get an error in the log file. The program cannot access a network drive.

Why the program fails to zip? I have enough free space on the destination drive.

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Q-How can I start the backup of all tasks when Windows starts? And when Windows shuts down? I use a “Before backup” event to start a program before the backup starts, but I don’t see the program. The log file says that the program was successfully started. I use a “Before backup” event to stop a program before the backup starts. The log file says that the program was no found but the program IS running.

I want your program to create a mirror for me. When I delete the original file, I want the program to delete the backup copy. Q- I get a “No enough space” when compressing, but I do have enough space in the destination. Q- My incremental or differential backup doesn’t work.


The program seems to copy every file.

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I can change the archive attribute manually, yet, the program cannot do the same. Q – I want to exclude a subdirectory from several folders. For example, I have one subdirectory called Versions in every folder. How do I do? Q- I backup a task and everything seems to be OK. However I get a message saying that there are some errors.

I don’t see any other error in the log file. The program seems VERY slow when the interface starts up. It’s eating up all my machine’s resources. Q- When I want to install the program, I get an error that says that the files could not be unzipped or that the resource file could not be extracted.

Q- I want to make an incremental or differential backup but the program keeps making full backups. Q- I am behind a firewall or NAT network system. What do I do to make the Vobian feature to work? The transfers work but the engine seems to freeze. Q- I want to backup to a FTP. I write the address ftp: I know the address exists. Q- I would like to backup files that are open exclusively by another application.

I have a zip filecreated with Cobian Backup.

The file cannot be open with my favorite program and is 5 GB in size. Why do you use the archive attribute for incremental backups and not the timestamp as in previous versions? Yes, it works just backu in Windows 8 and Do this before installing the program and everything will be working fine.

Well, I sold the source code back in to James Sweeney. I haven’t heard anything from him since then so I don’t know about his plans. I am thinking about creating a whole new different backup product. It will be nothing like Cobian Backup, but it will have many of CB features. Please use the Support forum that you find under the Help menu.

Do NOT ask me questions privately by mail, they may never get bacmup. Click the menu List-Import to convert the old format into the new one. The old bacoup will be added to your current list.

In this version, only lists that have been created by versions 6,7 and 8 can be imported. I keep getting a “Engine no found error” Why? When the user interface is started, it checks to see if the engine the service is started. When the computer is started it can take some time until the service get started, so you can ignore this error. Now, if the “Engine is not found” error is the only one you get and the mushroom in the tray has a light red background, the you have a problem.

Often this is caused by a login error. If the service is set up to start under some account, and you entered the wrong password then you will find the description of the error in the EventViewer. Just re-enter the user name and the correct password and restart the service.


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This can be done from the control panel or from the user interface Options-General-Service and Application control. The default policy in some Windows versions is that a service cannot be started with an empty password. Just re-enter the new password in Options-General-Service and Application control and restart the service. The standard zip format has changed a lot the last years. Some extensions have been added to handle Unicode file names, large files zip 64etc.

Unfortunately not all archivers support them or they support them partially. The included decompressor should also handle these files without proble,ms. Other archivers may or may not support all new extensions so you may get errors like “Archive corrupted” or “Unexpected end of the archive”. When I click “Run all tasks” nothing happens. First, check is the engine is running. If the engine is present, you may be experimenting problems with your permissions.

Run the utility “Repair permissions” which you find under your Tools menu. Read more about this utility in the Help file under “Menu-Tools”. Q- I’m trying to impersonate a user in a task but it fails. For this feature to work, you need to use NT 4. This means that this will only work if the service is running under the Local System account Windows only. This error is sometimes wrongly logged, when a file system error arises if using the 7zip method.

This error could be caused by a lack of space in the destination directory or temporary folder or by trying to create an archive larger than 2Gb on a FAT partition. Yes, it’s ineffective but the solution for this case is: The second task should plain copy the results of the first task to the second destination.

Q- I get a popup window when the interface starts.

This is caused sometimes by some browser often Firefox which has been installed and some registry settings have been incorrectly set. There are several fixes for this problem. The easiest one is to make IE your default browser temporarily then switch back to Firefox. This is cobbian design because the program cannot be sure that other tasks ara not using the same destination.