Choose a backup location

Norton can back up your files to several kinds of storage locations. The speed, safety, and quantity of your backup depend on the choice of your location. No one backup location is the best in all situations and for all users.

You can choose any storage location that Norton offers for your backup location, depending on your PC and the connected devices. Use the information in the following table to choose a location that best meets your needs for safety, speed, and storage capacity:

Secure Online Storage

Your subscription to Norton comes with an allocation of storage space on a secure server that is located on the Internet. This location is the safest, most secure backup choice available because it stores your information in a remote location. As a consequence, even the disasters that might damage or destroy your PC cannot affect your backups. Online backups can take place automatically, as long as your PC has an active Internet connection. However, you require a reasonably fast Internet connection.

You can configure the Internet bandwidth that backup uses to back up your files using Bandwidth Throttle on the Where tab of the Manage Backup Sets window.

You can alter the following bandwidth throttle states:

  • Fastest (recommended)

  • High usage

  • Moderate usage

  • Low usage

You can buy more online storage space whenever you want.

To use the Secure Online Storage option, you must set the Network Cost Awareness option in the Firewall settings window to No Limit.

Defining the Internet usage of your Norton product

C: (Local Fixed Disk)

This choice backs your files up to a special folder on drive C of your PC. Backing up to drive C is very quick and convenient, and is only limited to the amount of free space available on your drive. You can run automatic backups with this choice. Backing up to drive C is a convenient but an unsafe backup method. Any mechanical problem that the drive might experience can damage both your original files and your backups. If you use drive C for quick and automatic backups, you must back up your files occasionally to a different drive or another location.

Other internal or external drive

This choice provides for fast, convenient backups. You can run automatic backups and always have access to your backed up files as long as the drive is connected to your PC.

Although using another drive is safer than using drive C, doing so still leaves your data at risk from any PC hardware malfunctions.

If you choose to back up to another drive, you should also back up your files occasionally to some other location.

Network drive

You can use this choice if your PC is connected to a local network that offers a storage location to which you have access. Depending on the speed of your network, this choice can be almost as fast as backing up to an internal drive or external drive.

This choice does not appear if your PC is not connected to a network that offers a storage device to which you have access.

To back up your data to an external network drive, you must map the external network drive to your computer. When you map a drive, you must also specify a drive letter for the connection.

Flash drive and removable storage devices, including iPod

Flash drives and the other data storage devices that are attached to your PC can also serve as backup locations.

Norton displays such devices as external disk drives. If such a device is always attached to your PC, you can use it for automatic backups.

The amount of storage space that is available on these devices can be less than on hard disks. If you use a flash drive for backups, you should also back up your files occasionally to another storage location.

When you select Secure Online Storage as the backup location, Norton prompts you to register to your Norton account. You must be connected to the Internet to register to your Norton account.

To use Secure Online Storage as a backup location, you must set the Network Cost Awareness option in the Firewall settings window to No Limit.

Defining the Internet usage of your Norton product

You must activate Norton with a valid license key to use the online storage space.

Choose a backup location

  1. Make sure that the device to which you want to back up your data is connected to your PC and turned on.

  2. In the Norton main window, double-click Backup, and then click Backup Sets.

  3. On the Where tab, select the location and device where you want your backups to be stored.

    If the device or location does not appear on the list, click Refresh List.

  4. Click Save Settings.

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DOCID: v6958527_ns_backup_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 03/21/2017