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ADrive Desktop 2.2 allows you to unleash the full potential of ADrive's cloud storage.
Upgrading from a previous version? See the list of new features below.
The first step is to download one of the following installers for your particular operating system:
( Version: 2.2 MD5: b0796e21e3267341536931bb43e1faad )
|Mac OS X:
( Version: 2.2 MD5: 3afd8e1f26bd5fc2f09b2f25d316998a )
Once you have downloaded the installer for your computer run it and follow the instructions.
When you first start up ADrive Desktop you will see the Main Window. This window is the control panel for the ADrive Desktop. From this window you can configure your account settings, map a Drive and setup Backup and Sync jobs.
The first time you run ADrive Desktop you will need to configure your account settings. Click on Account on the left navigation to show the Account screen. Enter the E-mail address you used for your ADrive account and the Password used for that account. You can then click the Log in button to connect to ADrive.
From the Account screen you can also configure several options to control how ADrive Desktop functions:
Once you have configured your account and logged in you will be able to map your ADrive account to a virtual Drive on your local computer. Mapping a Drive allows you to manage all of your ADrive files as if they were saved on your computer. You can upload or download files by dragging them to or from the mapped drive window. You can move, copy, rename or delete them as you would any other files on your computer.
The settings for a mapped Drive is very easy to setup. The first step is to choose where to map your ADrive account on your computer. For Windows users you can pick which drive letter you would like to use. For Mac users you can choose any folder on your computer. Once you have chosen the location you can click the Map button. Once the Drive is mapped you can click the Open button to open the mapped Drive in your operating system's file browser.
ADrive Desktop helps protect you from data loss by allowing you to create Backup jobs that upload files from a folder on your computer to your ADrive account on a regular basis. Backup jobs are an incremental backup which means that after the initial upload ADrive Desktop will only upload files where modification time or size has changed.
To ensure you never lose an important file Backup will never remove a file from ADrive! If a file is removed from a folder on your computer that has been backed up using ADrive Desktop it will remain on ADrive for recovery.
The Backup Folders screen shows a list of currently configured jobs. You can select a job by clicking on it to view the ADrive folder the job is backing up to, the next backup time scheduled, view the history or open the edit job properties screen. You can also get to the edit job properties screen by double-clicking on the job. To remove a job you can click on the red X icon next to the job name.
From the Backup Folders you can also control the jobs. If you would like to manually run a job you can click Backup Now. If you would like to stop an in progress job you can click on the circle with a slash icon that replaces the red X icon. Please note that cancelling a job while it is in progress will stop the job immediately and any unfinished uploads will not be visible on ADrive.
To add a new Backup job you can click on the New Job button in the upper right corner. This will open a new window asking you to pick the folder you would like to Backup. On Windows you can also right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer and choose ADrive Desktop-> Backup Now
Once you have selected a folder the Job Properties dialog will appear to allow you to further configure the Backup job. This screen will automatically populate the required fields with default values. You can click Save if you are happy with the defaults or make changes and then save.
Using ADrive Desktop you can keep folders on your computer in Sync with your ADrive account. Sync allows you to create scheduled jobs that upload, download and remove folder contents in order to keep folders on your computer and your ADrive account identical. You configure multiple computers to use the same ADrive account and Sync folders automatically from one computer to another via ADrive.
Sync, unlike Backup, is a two-way process which means that files may be uploaded, downloaded or removed. If you add a file to the folder on your computer it will be uploaded to ADrive on the next run. If a file has been added to ADrive it will be downloaded to your computer on the next run. Depending on the mode selected, if a file has been removed from your local computer it will be removed from ADrive (remote) or if a file has been removed from ADrive (remote) it will be moved to your local recycle bin/trash.
There are two modes for Sync jobs that affect how the deletion of files is handled. It is important that you understand the difference to prevent data loss.
By default both modes are configured to treat deletions as a conflict that requires user confirmation before the file is removed. Conflicts require user input and as a result will prevent the Sync job from running automatically when a conflict arises. If you trust that you will not accidentally delete files you can change the settings on the Sync Job Properties screen to not require confirmation for deletes.
To make it easy to get started with Sync, ADrive Desktop provides a pre-configured Advanced Mode Sync job that syncs the contents of an ADriveSync folder. During installation the ADriveSync folder will be created in your "user" folder on the local computer. You can start copying files into the folder and they will be synced to ADrive and any other computers configured with the same ADrive account. If you prefer to not use this job you can delete the Sync job from the Sync Folders screen.
The Sync Folders screen shows a list of currently configured jobs. You can select a job by clicking on it to view the ADrive folder the job is syncing to, the next sync time scheduled, view the history or open the edit job properties screen. You can also get to the edit job properties screen by double-clicking on the job. To remove a job you can click on the red X icon next to the job name.
From the Sync Folders you can also control the jobs. If you would like to manually run a job you can click Sync Now. If you would like to stop an in progress job you can click on the circle with a slash icon that replaces the red X icon. Please note that cancelling a job while it is in progress will stop the job immediately and any unfinished uploads/downloads will not be completed.
To add a new Sync job you can click on the New Job button in the upper right corner. This will open a new window asking you to pick the folder you would like to Sync. On Windows you can also right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer and choose ADrive Desktop -> Sync Now
Once you have selected a folder the Job Properties dialog will appear to allow you to further configure the Sync job. This screen will automatically populate the required fields with default values. You can click Save if you are happy with the defaults or make changes and then save.
Because Sync is a two-way process conflicts can arise where ADrive Desktop does not know how to resolve changes and it will require you to choose the proper action to take. A conflict can occur when a file has been modified by both sides since the last run or delete confirmation is turned on and a file needs to be deleted. When a conflict is found the job will be stopped and a dialog will appear showing the conflicts. The job will NOT continue until all conflicts are resolved or skipped.
To resolve a conflict you need to select it by clicking on the checkbox next to it and choose from one of the actions in the lower left corner. The actions use the following logic:
|Modified on both sides
|Local file deleted
|Remote file deleted
|upload the local file and overwrite the ADrive (remote) changes.
|permanently delete the file from ADrive (remote).
|upload the local file.
|download the ADrive (remote) file after moving the local file to recycle bin/trash.
|download the ADrive (remote) file.
|delete the local file by moving it to the recycle bin/trash.
|download the ADrive (remote) file after renaming the local file to filename.local.ext.
|download the ADrive (remote) file.
|delete the local file by moving it to the recycle bin/trash.
|do nothing for the file. This will cause a conflict again on the next run.
Once you have resolved all the conflicts ( all files with ! in the Operation column ) you can click on Ok button to complete the job.
Filters for Backup and Sync jobs allow you to exclude folders/files from being backed up when their containing folder is part of a Backup job. The filter field in the Job Properties screen accepts a semi-colon (;) separated list of patterns to match a file path exactly. You can use an asterisk as a wildcard in the pattern.
For example if you wanted to exclude any jpg image files you could use the pattern: *.jpg. If you wanted to exclude a folder named foo you could use the pattern: */foo. You can do both like: *.jpg;*/foo.
When files are uploading or downloading the progress of the transfer will be displayed in the Progress Window. The top of the window shows the number and total progress of active downloads and uploads. The middle section shows the details of the individual files actively transferring or pending to be transferred.
If you prefer not to see the Progress Window you can uncheck Show Progress Window Automatically to prevent it from automatically opening. If you want to see it in the future you can right-click on the task bar icon and select Show Progress or click on the ... button on the main window.
If you would also like to see the files that have completed as part of a Backup/Sync job you can uncheck Hide Finished.
For various reasons during the use of ADrive Desktop errors may occur. When they do they will be logged to the Error Log and displayed on the Error Log Window.
The Error Log Window will show you the most recent errors at the bottom of the list. You can clear the errors by clicking on the Clear button. If you prefer to not see the errors automatically you can uncheck Show Error Window Automatically and it will stay hidden. You can show it at anytime by clicking on the task bar icon and selecting Show Errors or clicking on the ! button on the main window.
From time to time ADrive will release new versions of the ADrive Desktop. The software will check regularly for new updates. If a new update is available you will be prompted to install the new version. It is highly recommended that you always install new updates. No data will be lost during updates.
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