|FEBE 101 – The Basics of Backing Up
|Note: While this page refers to FEBE, the instructions for TEBE are very similar.
You may also want to see the Profile Restore Tutorial.
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Here is a quick primer on the way to get FEBE up and running. These functions can be found in the FEBE options window. When running options, additional documentation for any item can be found by clicking the blue “i” icon:
To access, click: Tools > FEBE > FEBE Options
|What to backup
FEBE allows for two basic types of backups. A “Selective” backup allows you to specify exactly what parts of Firefox to include. Extensions and themes are rebuilt as separate, installable files (.xpi or .jar). These files can be installed in any Firefox installation just as if they were pulled from the Firefox Add-ons page (AMO). Simply open them with File > Open File…
A “Full profile” backup includes everything contained in your Firefox profile. It is all or nothing and cannot be selectively restored (at least not easily). A restored profile will look exactly the same as when the backup was performed.
Your Backup type options are:
|Where to backup
Here is where you specify the location of your backups. It can be a physical hard drive, flash drive, CD or DVD. Generally speaking, if FEBE can find it with the browse button, it should work.
You can have each backup placed in its own folder by checking “Use timestamped directories” and specify how many backups you want to keep. If performing a backup creates a folder that puts the count over the “Maximum backup directories to keep”, FEBE will delete the oldest one.
|When to backup
FEBE can schedule a backup on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Of course, Firefox must be running for the backup to take place. A warning will occur one minute before the backup starts. A tone will sound every 10 seconds and the statusbar icon will flash. If you want to cancel the backup during this warning period, click the toolbar icon. If canceled, you must manually reschedule in FEBE options.
A “Backup on browser startup” performs a backup whenever Firefox starts. The “Backup on browser shutdown” occurs when Firefox is exited. Note that closing Firefox by clicking the “X” in the corner does not initiate a shutdown (it is merely a quick close) and no backup is performed. To truly shutdown Firefox, click File > Exit or File > Quit Firefox (on Mac).
FEBE can also remind you to backup every so many days. When this prompt appears, you can click a button to backup at that time.
A manual (on-demand) backup can be performed by clicking Tools > FEBE > Perform backup. If you have the FEBE icon displayed in the toolbar (View > Toolbars > Customize…) you can start the backup by clicking it.
|How to backup.
There are several options that determine how the backup operates. You can have FEBE ignore disabled extensions, play sounds signaling a successful (or unsuccessful) backup, display the progress window, and more.
You may want to include a copy of FEBE in the backup. This can be useful when restoring to another computer where FEBE is not installed.
Some useful links: