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Including Files In Your Backup Set

Carbonite Safe for Mac, allows you to add files to your backup from within the Carbonite interface. Please determine the Mac version before you follow the instructions below.

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I am running Carbonite Version 1.x

Add Files Through The Carbonite Preference Pane

If you have Carbonite version 1.x, files can be added to your backup from within the Carbonite Preference pane.

Click the Apple symbol in the menu bar and select System Preferences to open the System Preferences window.

Apple icon: System Preferences

Within the System Preferences window, click on the Carbonite icon.

System Preferences: Carbonite 1.x

The Carbonite Preference pane will be displayed. Click the Backup tab to manage your backup.

Carbonite Mac Client: Backup tab

Your computer's files and folders will be displayed with status dots placed on each of their icons to indicate their backup status. Files and folders with red status dots are not selected for back up.

  • If your Backup tab doesn't look like the one in the screenshot below, click the Manually Manage My Backup button to view your backed up files.

Navigate to a file or folder that you'd like to include in your backup by using the browse window within the Backup tab. Once located, select the desired file(s) and/or folder(s) and click the Back This Up button.

Carbonite Mac Client: File name Back this up

The files/folders with red dots are the only ones that can be added to your backup. Files/folders with yellow and green dots are already included.

If several large files are added to your backup at the same time, configuring your computer's hibernation and sleep settings so that it remains powered on and connected to the internet will ensure that your files are backed up as quickly as possible.

I am running Carbonite Version 2.x

If you have Carbonite version 2.x, files can be added to your backup from within the Carbonite User Interface.

Click the Carbonite icon in the menu bar and select Open Carbonite to open the Carbonite User Interface.

Carbonite Mac Client: Open Carbonite

Within the Carbonite User Interface, click one of the tabs under MY FILES or MY DRIVES and navigate to a file or folder which is not selected for backup.

Files and folders without status icons are not selected for backup. Locate the file or folder you wish to select for backup and click the Back this up button to select it for backup.

If several large files are added to your backup at the same time, configuring your computer's hibernation and sleep settings so that it remains powered on and connected to the internet will ensure that your files are backed up as quickly as possible.

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