One-click BackUp for WinRAR manual

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Software License Agreement
Buy OCB or WinRAR license
What is One-click BackUp (OCB) for WinRAR and what is its purpose?
Freeware vs. Shareware versions. Registration.
How do I make first-time installation?
How do I get language files or translate OCB into my native language?
What files do I need to back up and how often?
What is a preset? Creating a new preset.
How do I set up a simple preset to test OCB?
General conceptions for everyday use
Using OCB main window
Settings - General tab
Settings - Interface tab
Settings - OCB-BIN tab
Settings - Remote Access tab
Settings - Dialup tab
Settings - Error management tab
Settings - Security tab
Settings - Appearance tab
Preset configuration - saving and loading default settings
Preset configuration - selecting an image for the preset
Preset configuration - General tab
Preset configuration - Actions tab
Preset configuration - File lists tab
Preset configuration - Notes / Comments tab
Duplicating a preset
Renaming a preset
Deleting a preset
Making a Windows shortcut to run a preset
Scheduling a preset
Creating a special preset (Windows Registry backup demo)
Configuring the scheduler
Using Shell Notifier
Advanced commands
Restoring backup files
Using command line parameters to control OCB
Using remote access via Internet or LAN to control OCB

What is One-click BackUp (OCB) for WinRAR and what is its purpose?

Introduction in backups.

What is a backup archive and why do I need it?

Backup archive is a file containing the copies of your documents and settings in a compressed form. There are numerous factors resulting in data loss, such as hard disk failures, operating system malfunctions, virus intrusions, user mistakes and so on. Just think about it: the months of your hard work may fall through because of a system crash. Your projects, documents, private information, e-mail database and even family photos will vanish from the face of the earth forever. To prevent such problems, advanced users use sophisticated software to backup their files. Even if your hard disk breaks up or you casually delete some folders, the copies of your documents will remain.

What are the main types of backups?

There are two main types of backups: hard disk image (disk backup) and archive of certain files (file backup). The first type is mainly used by large corporations, it allows to create a low-level copy of the whole hard disk. In case of data loss, all files can be restored to another disk of the same size. There are two serious disadvantages, however: first, it takes too much time to backup a modern disk of 80 or more gigabytes, you need a lot of free space to keep these backups, while the most part of them will contain useless data; second, in most cases you cannot get certain files from the image file (or it is difficult to do) without writing the whole image to disk, overwriting all existing files. Thus, a file backup is a more preferable way for most of us to keep copies of documents. File backups contain only important files and documents, so they are quick to create, take little space and allow to extract only needed files. OCB operates only with file backups.

Where should I keep backup archives?

The further from the originals your backups are, the better. The least desirable way is to keep your backup archives on the same disk where the original files are stored. Cheap backup systems support only hard disk backups while professional and expensive ones support almost all media: hard disks, floppy and ZIP diskettes, tapes, flash card readers, removable USB drives, CD-R/RW disks, DVD-disks, network folders, FTP and SMTP servers. The more options you have, the better.

How do I extract files from a backup archive?

For many years ZIP format has been a standard for backup files. You can still find backup systems which save files in their own formats and don't support ZIP, but they are out of the question for advanced users - you will not be able to get your files back without special software (which can also be destroyed along with your documents), while ZIP files can be read on any Windows-XP compatible computer. Well, but nowadays WinRAR is considered the best archiver available, offering much better compression, reliability and information secrecy. WinRAR can create ZIP-compatible archives as well as more sophisticated RAR ones. Moreover, with WinRAR you can create highly efficient self-extracting EXE archives which do not need any software to extract the files.

WinRAR seems to be good, but why do I need OCB?

Yes, WinRAR is the best archiver, but its backup features are scanty. That's why the year of 2003 saw the first version of One-click BackUp, which was able to backup pre-defined sets of files and folders with certain parameters with just one click. The program became very popular among WinRAR users, and was completely rewritten to become a more stable and advanced version with a number of professional features, such as CD-RW, SMTP and FTP support. Corporate system administrators will find it convenient to manage the back-up processes on dozens of network computers without having to leave their working places - OCB Remote Access allows to start backup presets and examine the systems' responses in realtime via local network or Internet. Due to a BackUp Scheduler, OCB can work absolutely without any user intervention and it will not malfunction even in case of WinRAR failure. Just set up presets and add them to the schedule and OCB will do the rest of it.

What are the main OCB features?


Completely compatible with the latest WinRAR version.
Simple and comprehensible user interface with custom skins support.
Non-English language support (7 additional languages).
Unlimited number of easily accessible presets.
Easy-to-use backup restoration wizard.
Three archive formats - RAR, ZIP and EXE.
Password protected backups (AES 128-bit encryption).
Direct raring (run winrar without any further maintenance).
Smart archive update feature to reduce archiving time.
Complete automatization - professional backup scheduler.
Shortcut wizard to execute one or several presets with just one click.
Command line support.
Environment variables support.
OCB-Keeper and OCB-Recycle - advanced realtime backup management of your documents.
Shell Notifier - the possibility to automatically run or schedule presets when the content of selected folders is changed.

Backup media

Backup to local drives (hard disks, USB-drives and floppies).
Automatic smart cleanup of obsolete backup archives.
Write archives to CD/DVD, automatically erase the CDRW when it's full.
Backup archives to network folders and network drives.
Upload archives to FTP servers with auto-cleanup of old backups.
Auto-downloading of backup archives from FTP servers to restore files.
Send backup archives as e-mail attaches using a SMTP server.
Complete modem dialup support for FTP/SMTP sessions (establish, redial on busy, send files, hangup).

Sysadmin tools

Error notification messages to administrator's e-mail.
Anti-hooligan protection (prohibit various unauthorized actions with OCB).
OCBSVC startup service (run OCB before user logon).
Invisible mode when started by OCBSVC.
Remote control via Internet or LAN:
* Password-protected remote control
* View complete or partial OCB log, refreshing in realtime
* View the schedule, refreshing in realtime
* View the list of all presets with the scheduling and last execution dates
* Run presets
* Schedule up presets for a specific date and time
* Abort current process (WinRAR, FTP or SMTP)
* Reboot, shutdown, logoff, hibernate and suspend commands.



How do I make first-time installation?
What files do I need to back up and how often?
How do I set up a simple preset to test OCB?