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Review: MozBackup 1.4.10

MozBackup provides a simple way to backup and restore user profiles for Mozilla applications like Firefox and Thunderbird plus a number of other apps.

Welcome to MozBackup Screen

Download, install and run the MozBackup 1.4.10 file and you will see the Welcome screen.

The Operation Type Screen - Backup a Profile

Select the operation to perform, Backup a profile or Restore a profile. The installed applications that MozBackup supports will be listed. Select the application that you want to backup or restore. In this example I will back up a profile for Thunderbird.

Close Running Application

If the application is open you must close it before backing up or restoring a profile.

The Profile Selection Screen

Select the profile to backup, normally default.

The Profile Save As Screen

Click the Browse... button to choose the backup directory. The default file name will be the application name, version and current date. Modify the default file name if wanted. Click the Save button. Click the Next> button when done.

Prompt for Password Protection

You can password protect the saved file. This requires, of course, the additional safe keeping of the password you choose.

Set Password

If you choose to password protect the backup file the Set password screen will appear. Enter the password twice and select OK when done.

The Components Selection Screen

Note: This screen may be different depending on the application chosen in the 'Operation type' screen. The details will be enabled or disabled depending on the application that you are backing up.
All enabled items will be selected by default except for Accounts settings only. Uncheck any components that you do not want to backup.

Save Unknown Files

If there are additional files that you want to add to the backup click the Unknown files button and this window will open. Click OK to add the files in the list or Cancel to abort. The Unknown files window should close. Clicking the Next> button on the Components selection screen will start the backup process.

The Processing Operation Screen

A list showing the components that are being backed up will be shown. The status will be shown in the status bar at the bottom of the screen.

The Report Screen

A status of the previous operation will be listed. Click the New backup or restore check box to perform another operation or click the Finish button if you are done.

Restoring a Profile

Note: Before restoring a profile you should have the application (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.) already installed and should have run it at least once.
Now let's restore a profile. Select the Restore a profile radio button and select the application. Please note that like the backup operation, the application you select cannot be running. I will be restoring a Thunderbird profile in this example. Click the Next> button when done.

The Profile Selection Screen

Select the profile to backup, normally default. I was unable to create a new profile using the New profile button. Refer to the Mozilla Profile Manager Web page for instructions how you can create a new profile.
Important!  If you have multiple profiles, be sure that you select the appropriate profile before moving to the next screen.

The Open Profile Screen

Click the Browse... button to choose the backup directory. Navigate to the drive and folder where your profiles have been saved and select the profile that you want to open. Click the Open button. Click the Next> button when done.
Warning!  The profile information in the PCV file you select will overwrite any existing profile information. This includes bookmarks and emails if applicable. You may want to backup the current profile before doing a profile restore.

The Enter Zip Password Screen

If the PCV file is password protected you will be asked to provide the password before you can continue.

The Components Selection Screen

Note: This screen may be different depending on the application chosen in the 'Operation type' screen. The details will be enabled or disabled depending on the application profile that you are restoring.
All enabled items will be selected by default. Uncheck any components that you do not want to restore.

The Unknown Files Screen

If there are additional files that you want to select click the Unknown files button. Click the Next> button when done.

The Restoration Overwrite Warning

As mentioned earlier, restoring a profile will overwrite existing profile information including emails and bookmarks, if selected and applicable. Be sure you understand the consequences before clicking the Yes button!

The Processing Operation Screen II

A list showing the components that are being restored will be shown. The status will be shown in the status bar at the bottom of the screen.

The Report Screen II

A status of the previous operation will be listed. Click the Finish button when the installation is complete or check the New backup or restore check box.

Select another Backup or Restore Operation

Click the New backup or restore check box to perform another operation and click the Next button.

About Alan Norton

Alan Norton began using PCs in 1981, when they were called microcomputers. He has worked at companies like Hughes Aircraft and CSC, where he developed client/server-based applications. Alan is currently semi-retired and starting a new career as a wri...

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