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Download the software  

1. Click the "DOWNLOADS" link in the left margin of this page.
2. Find Backup Simplicity and click the link to download it. This will put the software on your computer.


Get a serial number  

You'll need a serial number to use the software. You can get a serial number for a free one-week demo, or you can purchase a license and serial number at the Qdea Store.


Install the software  

1. Find the "Backup Simplicity Install" folder on your hard disk. It should be in the same folder that you find all your downloaded files.
2. Drag the "Backup Simplicity" folder to your Applications folder. It can be put anywhere, but it's generally convenient to keep all applications in the same place.
3. Open Backup Simplicity. You'll see a Welcome window which tells you about the software.
4. Review the information in the window. Click "Next->" until you get to the last page.
5. Enter the serial number from the previous step.
6. Click "Install". If you're using the one-week trial, you'll need to enter your email address now.

When the installation is complete, you're ready to do your first backup.


Erase the backup disk  

1. Make sure that the disk you want to back up to is available. If you're using a FireWire disk, connect it now.
2. Use Disk Utility (it's in the "Utilities" folder inside the Applications folder) to erase the backup disk. Make sure that the Volume Format is set to Mac OS Extended.
3. Quit Disk Utility.


Enable file history  

When Backup Simplicity is set to keep a file history, it keeps old files on the backup disk instead of replacing or deleting them. This can be really handy if a file is accidentally lost or modified, and you want to go back to the way the file was at some point in the past.

1. Use the "Backup Simplicity" menu to choose "Preferences".
2. Click the "History" tab.
3. Check the box named "Keep a history of old versions of documents in the 'Users' folder".

Old files are kept in the History folder on the backup disk. In order for files to be kept, they must be saved in your Home folder or the "Shared" folder, inside the "Users" folder. A history of files that are kept in other locations on your computer's hard disk is not kept.

You can use the Finder's "Find" function to search for a particular file in the History folder. To set the Finder to search only that folder, drag the History folder into the Find window.

If you have space available on your main hard disk, it's a good idea to check "Keep a backup of the History folder on the source disk." When this is checked, a copy the History folder (which contains all the old versions of your files) is kept on your main hard disk. This is important if your backup disk fails (remember, any hard disk may fail at any time), so that you can still go back to the previous state of your files.


Do a backup  

1. Bring Backup Simplicity to the front. An easy way to do this is to click its icon in the Dock.
2. Use the Destination popup menu to choose your backup disk. If your backup disk doesn't appear in the menu, it's probably not formatted with "Mac OS Extended" format.
3. To do your first backup, click the "Backup" button.

You can update your backup any time by clicking the "Backup" button again. You don't need to erase the disk again - it's only needed before your first backup.


Schedule a daily backup  

It's a good idea to set Backup Simplicity to do a backup once a day. This way, you don't need to bother with telling it to do it, and the backup is always up-to-date if you need it.

1. Use the "Backup Simplicity" menu to choose "Preferences"
2. Click the "Schedule" tab.
3. Check the "Backup daily at" box. 4. Set the time that you want your daily backup to begin.

When you enable scheduled backups, they happen whether Backup Simplicity is open or not, whether a user is logged in or not, and even if the computer is sleeping. If the computer is sleeping, it will awaken to do the backup.


Monitor a backup  

Whenever a backup is in progress, you can see its progress by opening Backup Simplicity. You'll see the window show the time, number of files, file size, and when the backup is expected to be done. You can pause the backup, if you need to do important work and don't want the backup slowing down the computer.


Restore a hard disk  

Use the "Restore" function to copy the entire contents of your backup disk to a new hard disk, or to another FireWire disk. You'll need to do this if your main hard disk fails, or if you buy a new disk to replace it. We'll assume here that your main hard disk isn't available.

1. Start up your computer from your backup disk. If you hold down the Option key when you start up the computer, the screen will let you pick the disk from a list of available startup disks.
2. Open Backup Simplicity. Enter your serial number if needed. 3. Click the "Restore..." button.
4. Use the "Source:" popup menu to choose the disk you want to restore FROM. 5. Use the "Destination:" popup menu to choose the disk you want to restore TO. 6. Double-check your selections. Once you've started the restore, there's no way to undo the restore. 7. Click "Restore".

When the restore is complete, use System Preferences (Startup Disk) to choose the restored disk as the startup disk. Restart your computer.


Uninstall the software  

If you want to move Backup Simplicity from one computer to another, you'll need to uninstall it from its old location first. This frees the serial number to be available to enable the software the new computer.

1. Open Backup Simplicity.
2. Use the File menu to choose "Uninstall".
3. Click OK.

When the uninstall is complete, Backup Simplicity will no longer perform backups on that computer.