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Home Folder Backup Assistant

1. INTRODUCTION

2. CREATE A NEW SYNCHRONIZER TASK

3. SELECT A DESTINATION

4. INCLUDE SPECIFIC SUB-FOLDERS

5. SKIP UNNECESSARY FILES

6. MAINTAIN AN ARCHIVE

7. NAME THE TASK

8. TASK CREATED

9. CONCLUSION

10. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

1. INTRODUCTION [top]

Your home folder contains working documents, photos, music and other user settings. Keeping its contents backed up is very important! This assistant will create a synchronizer task that will backup your home folder and all its contents to another folder. The destination can be a local hard drive, an NAS or a mounted file server.

2. CREATE A NEW SYNCHRONIZER TASK [top]

From the ChronoSync Organizer window, choose 'Use a setup assistant.' This takes you to all of the assistants ChronoSync has to offer. For this guide, choose 'Home Folder Backup.'

list of assistants

A summary panel will appear to explain the 'Home Folder Backup' assistant. Click on 'Get Started' to set up the assistant.

Home Backup explanation

3. SELECT A DESTINATION [top]

Select a destination folder where the contents of your home folder will be copied to. You may choose another hard drive, an NAS or a file server. This example uses an external hard drive. Once the destination is chosen, click on 'Next Step.'

Select a destination

4. INCLUDE SPECIFIC SUB-FOLDERS [top]

There may be some sub-folders you don't wish to include in your home folder backup. If so, uncheck those folders and they will be excluded. Click on 'Next Step.'

Include specific sub-folders

If the 'Library' sub-folder is included in the previous step, you'll be presented with the 'Skip Unnecessary Files' panel where you can choose to skip files that have little or no backup value (e.g., cache and temporary files or iCloud email files and attachments). Once complete, click on 'Next Step.'

Skip unnecessary files

6. MAINTAIN AN ARCHIVE [top]

ChronoSync maintains an archive so that you have access to older files or files that you have deleted, just in case. The archive is a safety net against accidental deletions or changes to files. Determine the archive settings you wish to have then click on 'Next Step.'

Maintain an Archive

7. NAME THE TASK [top]

The final step to the 'Home Folder Backup' assistant is to give it a unique, meaningful name so that you can easily access the task in the future. After naming the task, click on 'Create Task' to complete the assistant setup.

Name the task

8. TASK CREATED [top]

ChronoSync has created a new task with the settings specified during the assistant setup. The task is presented to you. From here, you can choose to go through all of the panels of the task document and fine tune options or , to keep things simple, run the task as-is.

Task created

9. CONCLUSION [top]

That's it! You now have a home folder backup task defined. If you need to access this task document in the future, it can be found in the ChronoSync Organizer.

10. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG [top]

Using the home folder backup assistant is pretty straightforward so the above steps should work flawlessly and without incident. If you encounter any problems following this tutorial or you have any questions concerning any of the settings, please contact our technical support team and just ask! We don’t mind — we're here to help!