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360 v3 Back Up Questions
First off, I am new to this forum; it looks like a great source for information from what I have seen so far.
I have a few questions about Norton 360 v3 back up. I normally do all my back ups manually (simply copying files) and thought having the automatic back would be a nice feature. I went through what was initially a very confusing menu of selecting the files to back up but I think I am getting it figured out enough to set up what I want backed up. The first try I ended up backing up a bunch of stuff I did not want.
Below are 3 issues I would like information on:
I need an explanation on how exactly the software backs up the files as it was not what I expected. I am backing up to a 8G flash drive. After setting up the "What" & "Where" I ran a back up which indicated it was 5.7G. What I don't understand is how the flash drive has only about 1.3G of space used and the actual files are not there. The files can be viewed on a Norton Back Up Drive listed under My Computer. I don't understand how, if the hard drive suffers a meltdown and, say, needs to be replaced, how will these files be retrieved? it looks to me like the back ups are actually stored on the hard drive. Am I correct that this "back up" could not actually be used to transfer files to another computer?
I since deleted the back ups to start over and remove the files I do not want to back up. However, when I look at the files in Explorer, the files that were backed up still indicate the have are backed up (icon overlay). Is this correct even though the files no longer have reference to the back up files? Is there any way to remove the icon (other than turning off the overlay option) so that I can have an accurate indication of my new back up files?
I really don't have a problem continuing to manually do my back ups manually (by copying to the flash drive or a CD) but it appears there is no way to disable the back up feature. Initially, I set the "When" to Manual and the "What" to Other Files (0 files). but after a couple of weeks, I had the orange attention indicator saying I needed to do a back up. Is there a way to disable the back up feature all together and not get the attention indicator?
Sorry to go on so long but I hope this is enough info to get some answers.
Thanks for your help