Livedrive: A Complete Tour

Explore this cloud backup storage service

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Setup Wizard Screen

Screenshot of the Livedrive Setup Wizard
Livedrive Setup Wizard Screen.

As you are installing Livedrive for the first time, before setup even finishes, you're asked what you'd like to backup.

You can select any of the default folders you see on this screen, as well as add any of your own through the Add Folder button.

The folders you choose here aren't in any way a permanent decision. Slide 3 of this tour explains how to change what gets backed up.

Livedrive's application looks different depending on the plan you're using. The screenshots in this walkthrough apply to the Livedrive Backup plan.

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Menu Options

Screenshot of the Livedrive menu
Livedrive Menu Options.

This screenshot shows how to open the different options in Livedrive. Unlike a regular program, the bulk of Livedrive's options and settings are opened this way.

In Windows, clicking the Livedrive icon in the notification area of the taskbar will open this same set of options.

From here, you can pause all transfers, add/remove folders from being backed up, restore your files, and change basic program settings.

We'll look at some of these options in more detail throughout this tour.

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Manage Backups Folders Tab

Screenshot of the Livedrive Manage Backups folders tab
Livedrive Manage Backups Folders Tab.

The "Manage Backups" screen of Livedrive, in the "Folders" tab, is where you select which folders you'd like to have backed up.

You can select folders from any of the main sections, like from Desktop, My Documents, etc., as well as from the "More Places" section, which is where additional hard drives and mapped network drives can be found.

Revisit this screen in Livedrive to quit backing up folders or to add more folders to your backups.

Choosing OK will close down the window and confirm any changes you've made.

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Manage Backups Settings Tab

Screenshot of Livedrive's Manage Backups Settings tab
Livedrive Manage Backups Settings Tab.

This screenshot is of the "Settings" tab of the "Manage Backups" screen in Livedrive.

There are two options you can choose from for how Livedrive backs up your files.

In the "Backup Schedule" section, Realtime backup can be selected if you want the files to back up immediately after being changed.

If Scheduled backup is chosen, you can back up every so many hours and optionally decide to run the backups between the two selected times only. This would be useful if you'd rather Livedrive wait until a specific time, like at night, to back up files.

The bottom half of this screen is used for excluding file types from being backed up. Adding the .jpg or .mp4 file extension, for example, would exclude those image files and video files from being backed up.

Livedrive enforces some file type restrictions. However, the ones you do see listed here can be unchecked, allowing them to be backed up.

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Status Screen

Screenshot of the Status screen in Livedrive
Livedrive Status Screen.

Selecting Status from Livedrive's menu will open the "Livedrive Status" screen. From there, you see a brief overview of how many files you're currently backing up.

Choosing the Detailed Status button will open a screen similar to what you see in this screenshot.

All the files that are queued for upload are listed here. You can pause all the uploads at once by clicking the small pause button on the bottom of the window.

If you right-click the file that's currently being uploaded, you can select Move Down or Move to End to delay uploading that file. This is useful if a file is really large and you'd rather wait to upload it.

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Livedrive Restore Screen

Screenshot of Livedrive Restore
Livedrive Restore Screen.

Accessible from the Restore Backups option in Livedrive's menu is "Livedrive Restore."

This is where you'll go to restore files and folders from your backups.

From the bottom left side of this window is where you can select the computer that holds the backups you're after. Livedrive lets you restore files to any of the computers in your account regardless of whether or not the files existed on them in the first place.

After choosing what to restore, Livedrive can save the data to a new folder or to the exact same one that it was in originally.

Because Livedrive supports file versioning, you can also use this screen to restore a different backup version of a file by using the Versions button.

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Advanced Settings Tab

Screenshot of the Advanced settings tab in Livedrive
Livedrive Advanced Settings Tab.

If your computer shuts down unexpectedly while your files were being backed up from, or restored to, your computer, it's recommended that you run an integrity check.

This tool is located in Livedrive's Settings, in the Advanced tab.

An integrity check will compare the files from your computer with what it thinks should be in your Livedrive account. If something is off, the necessary files will be downloaded or uploaded to correct it.

Also in the Advanced tab is the Proxy tab, which lets you configure Livedrive to run through a proxy.

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Bandwidth Settings Tab

Screenshot of Livedrive's bandwidth settings
Livedrive Bandwidth Settings Tab.

The Bandwidth tab in Livedrive's settings is used for limiting the upload and download bandwidth that the program is able to use.

You may want to restrict how much bandwidth Livedrive can use if you aren't in a rush to transfer your files or your connection to the Internet is really slow.

Restricting bandwidth can also be useful for opening up those system resources for other things you're doing on your computer like video streaming or web browsing.

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Security Settings Tab

Screenshot of the Livedrive Security Settings tab
Livedrive Security Settings Tab.

Livedrive's security settings can be changed from this tab.

Unchecking the first option called Encrypt all file transfers between my computer and Livedrive will disable the SSL encryption Livedrive uses when uploading and downloading your files. 

Keep this enabled for maximum security. ​There are a few good reasons to disable it.

Disabling Always keep me logged in will require your password each time you open Livedrive.

This setting is enabled by default, meaning it will not log you out, but you can easily change this to protect the program from unauthorized use.

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Sign Up for Livedrive

A screenshot of the Livedrive logo

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