Creating and Managing a HiDrive Backup (Windows)

Back up your Windows PC data regularly with HiDrive. This article explains how to do it.

Please note that there are separate articles for Android and iOS device backups.

Requirements
  • HiDrive Pro package or those with the Device Backup add-on
  • HiDrive app on your Windows PC
  • Windows from version 8.1 and higher

Creating a Manual or Automatic Device Backup

This step-by-step guide was created using the HiDrive app for Windows (app version 2.0.0 and higher). Other versions may differ.

  • Open the Windows Explorer.
  • Make sure that the Windows Explorer navigation pane is displayed. It is activated in the top menu bar under View > Navigation Pane.
  • In the navigation column, right-click IONOS HiDrive > HiDrive Settings. The HiDrive app opens.
  • In the HiDrive app, navigate to the Device backup > Create / Set up plan data group.
  • Specify a name for your backup in the Backup name field. For automatic backups, also select the time and frequency of the backup. If your computer is not switched on at the specified time, the backup is automatically made up at the next possible time.
  • In the file tree below, select the data to be backed up from your Windows PC. Hidden folders and system files included in your selection will also be backed up.
  • Optional: Activate Delete deleted data from backup to delete data deleted in the meantime on your Windows PC also in the HiDrive backup when repeating the backup plan.

Restoring or Deleting a Device Backup

This step-by-step guide was created using the HiDrive app for Windows (app version 2.0.0 and higher). Other versions may differ.

  • Open the Windows Explorer.
  • Make sure that the Windows Explorer navigation pane is displayed. It is activated in the top menu bar under View > Navigation Pane.
  • In the navigation column, right-click IONOS HiDrive > HiDrive Settings. The HiDrive app opens.
  • In the HiDrive app, navigate to the Device backup > Open overview data group.
  • Select the backup to be restored and confirm with the Select button.
  • In the tree view, activate all folders that are to be restored. Subfolders of your selection are automatically marked as well.
  • Select a target directory on your Windows PC to which the backup data should be copied.
  • Make sure that there is enough disk space available.
  • Click Restore to start the restore.

To delete a backup, follow these step-by-step instructions up to point 5. Click Delete in the row with the desired backup. After confirming an additional security prompt, the selected backup will be permanently deleted.

Notes
  • Data can only be restored to a Windows PC, regardless of the device it was saved from.
  • Data can only be restored on file level. A complete backup of your Windows system including its settings is not possible.

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