Virtual drive for quick access to backups

The Virtual Drive must be installed alongside the Backup Manager. It will create a drive letter on the Windows Explorer where you can browse through your backup sessions locally. Files can be dragged and dropped out of the Virtual Drive to restore backup data to the local filesystem.

Requirements

The Virtual Drive utility relies on the Backup Manager installation.

  1. The Backup Manager must be installed prior to the Virtual Drive installation
  2. The version of the Virtual Drive must be same as the Backup Manager. You will get a warning message in case of version incompatibility

After the Virtual Drive has been installed, it will be automatically updated with each Backup Manager update.

Limitation

If you backed up a Virtual Machine with a dynamic disk (also known as thin provisioning), you will not be able to expand this via the Virtual Drive feature.

Setup instructions

The Virtual Drive is a Windows utility. You can install the Virtual Drive through a set-up wizard or use command-line installation.

When the installation is completed, a new local drive appears in the system, along with the regular "C:", "D:", and "E:" (DVD) drives. The drive is named "B:" unless this letter is already taken. You can specify any other letter using the InitialVirtualDriveLetter parameter in the configuration file.

Virtual Drive settings

The Virtual Drive is usually used with predefined settings. If needed, advanced users can change them through the configuration file (config.ini).

  1. Open the config.ini file
  2. Add the [VirtualDrive] section (if it is not there yet)
  3. Populate the section with the parameters you want to configure as shown in the example below
  4. Restart the internal backup process to apply the new settings (view instructions)
[VirtualDrive]
ShowAllSessions=1
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType=memory

Uninstalling Virtual Drive

Use the Control Panel to uninstall the Virtual Drive.

  1. Go to Programs > Uninstall a program
  2. Select Virtual Drive and click Uninstall

If you make changes within the data on the Virtual Drive, these changes will not be reflected in the data kept on the cloud.