General Settings (Mac)

Backblaze Settings (General) (Mac)

The Backblaze settings are broken up into categories, each with it's own pane. The first pane displayed, simply "Settings", contains general backup settings. Below is a screenshot of the first of general Backblaze settings pane. 

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"Online Name" is the name that will appear on the Backblaze website. This name is used exclusively for the purposes of making the backup easier to identify. This is particularly useful if you are backing up more than one computer under your Backblaze account. The default name is pulled directly from your System Preferences, but can be edited at any time to suit your needs. If the name is changed, the change should be reflected within a few minutes on the Backblaze site.

The "Temporary Data Drive" is the hard drive Backblaze will use for work space during backups. In order to upload large files, the file must be first parsed into smaller chunks. To do this, the Backblaze software creates a copy of the file on the Temporary Data Drive, parses the copy, and then uploads the pieces individually. The Temporary Data Drive must have free space at least equal to the size of the largest file included in the Backblaze backup. By default, the primary internal drive is used as the Temporary Data Drive.

The "Warn me..." setting will change the interval at which the Backblaze software will alert you if a complete backup has not been uploaded. The warning is issued in the form of a small pop up alert. This warning will still be issued if a backup is ongoing, but not yet complete. 

Checking the box next to "Show Backblaze Icon..." will toggle the menu bar icon on or off. An example screenshot can be found below. 

 

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The "Select Hard Drives..." settings will show all of the connected and mounted hard drives on your computer. Those with a checkbox and mark are selected to be included in the Backblaze backup. A drive can be deselected by unchecking the box. If no checkbox is displayed, it indicates that the drive cannot be included in the Backblaze backups. 

 

Other Backblaze Settings Articles: 

Settings Overview (Mac)

Performance Settings (Mac)

Schedule Settings (Mac)

Exclusions Settings (Mac)

Security Settings (Mac)

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