Time Machine Backup To Dropbox

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Time Machine is awesome, but saving files to single physical hard drive is, well, not safe at all. So, I guess, what I need is to back up Time Machine's backup to a cloud and make sure that my files are being stored in more than one copy in different locations. Then possibility of losing files is too insignificant to bother ever. Wp Time Machine is a free plugin that creates an archive of your WordPress files and database for storage on several online storage locations including Dropbox, Amazon S3, and FTP. It will create a backup of everything in your wp-content folder. It will also back up your.htaccess file. There is also a process for smooth recovery. I'm using Dropbox Plus in conjunction with Time Machine on a Mojave MB Pro. My Time Machine is configured to backup the data in my Dropbox folder. I like having a local as well as a remote backup of.

Backing Up and Restoring in AccountEdge (2012 and newer)

Background

This support article has instructions for backing up and restoring files using AccountEdge 2012 and later. For earlier versions of AccountEdge please see this article.

PLEASE NOTE: This article has instructions for backing up and restoring through the AccountEdge software. While it is possible to use 3rd party solutions (automatic backups like Time Machine, Carbonite, or Windows Server syncing software) we do not recommend relying on those backups alone. Often those types of backup systems will attempt to backup the file while it is in use and those backups are unusable. Additionally, AccountEdge Support can ONLY help with backups made through the software.

AccountEdge has a backup feature built directly into the software that will allow you to create a compressed archive file that takes up less space. This archive file has a '.ZIP' extension.

Computer backup lets you back up certain key folders on your computer, such as “Desktop”, “Documents”, and “Downloads”, to Dropbox. After backup, those folders, and the files within them, are still accessible from the same place on your computer, while also backed up to Dropbox.

In AccountEdge, the Restore command closes the company file you’re currently using, decompresses a backup file so you can use it, and then opens the backup file. Making and restoring a backup file requires single-user access.

Making an AccountEdge Backup

To create a backup of your company file in AccountEdge Basic, AccountEdge Pro and AccountEdge Network Edition you need to be the only person in the file. To backup:

  1. Open the Company File
  2. Select File from the menu bar in the the upper left corner of your screen
  3. From the drop down menu select “Back Up” which is the 8th option down
  4. You have two backup option types:
    • Select 'Back up all data' to create a backup of your company file, custom forms, letters, reports, etc. This process does not back up documents you have attached to your file
    • Select Backup Company File only to create a backup of just the company data file (this is is generally the best option for end of Fiscal Year and Payroll year backups as it is slightly simpler to restore)
  5. You have two further options to deal with data verification:
    • Select Check Company File for errors to Verify the company file's integrity before creating a backup (recommended if you do not do this often)
    • Select not to check for errors if you would prefer to skip the verification process
  6. Your final selection will be where to back the file up to:

Notes:

  • Backing up to a Disk: Whenever we are referring to disk in terms of AccountEdge we are just talking about your computer's hard drive or any attached drives. For instance, you could backup to disk and have it backup directly to your Desktop. Once you've backed up a file it is generally a good idea to put it on some sort of external storage media (like a USB drive, External Hard Drive, or CD).
  • Backing up to Dropbox: Beginning with AccountEdge Pro 2012 for Canada, AccountEdge customers have the ability to save backups of their company directly files to their Dropbox account. Prior to saving a backup to Dropbox, you will need to have created your Dropbox account, and linked it to your company file. If you haven't already linked a Dropbox account to your company file, just follow the instructions displayed when you attempt to use the Dropbox folder to save the backup file.
    • Company files backed-up to Dropbox will be saved in the /Apps/AccountEdge/Backups/ folder on your Dropbox account. The backups are saved with pre-defined names with a format of: Backup MM-DD-YY [Filename].zip
      Where MM is the month, DD is the day and YY is the last 2 digits of the year.
    • While backing up to Dropbox is an excellent safety precaution storing your file directly in dropbox is not. Please see this article for further information.
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Restoring a Backup File from Disk

These instructions are for restoring a backup of a company file that you've made using AccountEdge's backup utility.

If you do not want to use AccountEdge's backup utility you can also manually extract the .myo file from the backup .zip folder. An AccountEdge backup file is simply a copy of your company file inside of a .zip folder.

Please note - Before restoring a backup file always make sure you know the location of your current company file. You can use the Company Data Auditor to confirm this location. When you restore and open a backup file that backup file will now be the last file you opened. If you need to go back to your current file from the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen you will need to click on 'Browse' and point to the location of your current file.

Restoring on Windows:

  1. Open AccountEdge to the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen
  2. Select 'Company File Maintenance' in the lower right hand corner
  3. Click Restore From a Disk
  4. A window appears called Choose a backup file, please browse to where your zipped backup file is located.
  5. The zipped backup file will be in the format of the following; the word Backup, a date, the name of the company and .zip such as Backup 2017-08-02 WidgetsCoffeeCo.zip
  6. Highlight the backup file and click Open
  7. A window called Save As appears, please browse to the location of where you want to save the backup file, change the name of the company file if you would like and click Save
  8. You will get the message of The backup was successfully restored, Would you like to open the restored file? Click Yes
  9. You are now logged into the backup file

Restoring on Mac (Pro or Basic only):

  1. Open AccountEdge to the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen
  2. Select 'Company File Maintenance' in the lower right hand corner
  3. Click Restore From a Disk
  4. A window appears called Open, please browse to where your zipped backup file is located.
  5. The zipped backup file will be in the format of the following; the word Backup, a date, the name of the company and .zip such as Backup 2017-08-02 WidgetsCoffeeCo.zip
  6. Highlight the backup file and click Open
  7. A window called Choose a Folder appears, please browse to the location of where you want to save the backup file and click Choose
  8. You will get the message of The backup was successfully restored, Would you like to open the restored file? Click Yes
  9. You are now logged into the backup file

Restoring on Mac (Network Edition):

  1. Open AccountEdge to the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen on the HOST MACHINE
  2. Select 'Company File Maintenance' in the lower left hand corner
  3. Click Restore From a Disk
  4. A window appears called Open, please browse to where your zipped backup file is located.
  5. The zipped backup file will be in the format of the following; the word Backup, a date, the name of the company and .zip such as Backup 2017-08-02 WidgetsCoffeeCo.zip
  6. Highlight the backup file and click Open
  7. In the Restore Company File Browser, indicate the name you would like to save the Company File as, and select this machine (the host) on the left
  8. You will get the message of The backup was successfully restored, Would you like to open the restored file? Click Yes
  9. You are now logged into the backup file

Restoring an AccountEdge File from Dropbox

These instructions are for restoring a backup of a company file that you've made using AccountEdge's backup utility and choosing the 'Backup to Dropbox' method.

Please note - Before restoring a backup file always make sure you know the location of your current company file. You can use the Company Data Auditor to confirm this location. When you restore and open a backup file that backup file will now be the last file you opened. If you need to go back to your current file from the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen you will need to click on 'Browse' and point to the location of your current file.

Restoring a file located in Dropbox on Windows:

  1. Open AccountEdge to the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen
  2. Select 'Company File Maintenance' in the lower right hand corner
  3. Click Restore From Dropbox
  4. A window appears called Choose a backup file, please browse to where your zipped backup file is located.
  5. The zipped backup file will be in the format of the following; the word Backup, a date, the name of the company and .zip such as Backup 2017-08-02 WidgetsCoffeeCo.zip
  6. Highlight the backup file and click Open
  7. A window called Save As appears, please browse to the location of where you want to save the backup file, choose a name for the Company File, and click Save
  8. You will get the message of The backup was successfully restored, Would you like to open the restored file? Click Yes
  9. You are now logged into the backup file

Restoring a file located in Dropbox on Mac:

  1. Open AccountEdge to the 'Welcome to AccountEdge' screen
  2. Select 'Company File Maintenance' in the lower right hand corner
  3. Click Restore From Dropbox
  4. A window appears called Open, please browse to where your zipped backup file is located.
  5. The zipped backup file will be in the format of the following; the word Backup, a date, the name of the company and .zip such as Backup 2017-08-02 WidgetsCoffeeCo.zip
  6. Highlight the backup file and click Open
  7. A window called Choose a Folder appears, please browse to the location of where you want to save the backup file and click Choose
  8. You will get the message of The backup was successfully restored, Would you like to open the restored file? Click Yes
  9. You are now logged into the backup file

Video Instructions for Backup and Restoring

Below, you'll find a video that demonstrates the backup and restore process. Please note - that if you are using Windows in a networked environment or you are using AccountEdge Network Edition the restore process should be done on the host machine.

Backups

A Note on Time Machine

Time Machine Backup Auf Dropbox

Time Machine is an automatic backup that's built right into your Mac OS X. If you have set up Time Machine to backup your AccountEdge or AccountEdge Network Edition Company File, you should know that Time Machine does not backup open files. If you rely on Time Machine for backing up your accounting information, make sure you close your AccountEdge or AccountEdge Network Edition before the scheduled backup.

If you have included your Company File in the Time Machine automated backup, your file will be backed up even if no changes have been made as long as the company file is closed.

Dropbox is one of those cloud apps that’s a jack of all trades. You can use it to store your important files away from your ever-risky, unsecured desktop, and access those files from any device. It’s a great idea to put a copy of important documents like passports, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and tax returns in Dropbox for safe keeping. You can even move your music or photo library to Dropbox, if you have room. (You get 2GB of storage with the free plan, but for just $10 a month you can upgrade to 1TB. That’s so big, it’s barely in my vocabulary. Not bad when you think about how much every photo you’ve ever taken of your kid is worth to you, not to mention all your AC/DC albums.)

You can also use Dropbox to sync files between devices. By linking your “Documents” folder to Dropbox, for example, every time you save something in the Documents folders on your desktop, it will also be saved in Dropbox. So when you open a file via Dropbox.com on your co-worker’s laptop at an out-of-office lunch meeting, you’ll get the most current version.

Speaking of co-workers, Dropbox is also a great way to share files and collaborate. You can create shared folders for each client you work with. Or you can create folders by project, and share the URL with each user. You can even use it to share photos or videos with friends. I first used Dropbox after a friend’s wedding several years ago. Another friend photographed the wedding, and instead of emailing lots of small images to all the friends and family who wanted photos, she put all the larger images in a Dropbox folder and shared it with us. That way, we each got to choose which images we wanted to print or save, and downloaded just those ones. This also works for video files and audio files.

My husband plays in three bands with members scattered around the world. He’s not the savviest when it comes to tech, but he uses Dropbox all the time to share new tracks or songs-in-progress when he can’t get together with a bandmate in person. You should definitely use Dropbox if you’re sharing sensitive information like bank statements, passwords, or tax returns. Dropbox encrypts data when you upload it, and uses a secure HTTPS connection to download. Please, don’t email that stuff!

Copy Time Machine Backup To Dropbox

The problem with all this sharing and syncing is that there’s always the chance that something will go wrong. (Just ask this poor guy.) With so many users involved, they can’t all be geniuses. (Sorry, it’s true.) And as more people and devices access your files, there’s more chance of something going wrong. The Dropbox website help section even says, “If a file isn’t where you expect it to be, then the reason is due to an event on a linked computer, mobile device, or the website.” Which roughly translates to, “We didn’t do it, don’t look at us.” As opposed to last October, when you may remember all the teeth gnashing and hair-pulling over the “glitch” (don’t you love that word?) with the Selective Syncing feature that was causing files to be deleted permanently. It’s since been fixed but still, it goes to show that nothing is foolproof.

Time Machine Backup To Dropbox

How To Backup Dropbox Files

Dropbox only keeps a copy of deleted files for 30 days. After that, you are out of luck my friend. Unless of course, you’re backing up your Dropbox to Revert, in which case we will ride in like a knight in shining armor and restore your lost files before you can say, “I didn’t do it, nobody saw me do it, you can’t prove anything.”

Using Dropbox For Backups

So, how do you backup your Dropbox? It’s easy. Get started today and cover yourself.