Mozy: A Complete Tour

Here's how the Mozy backup software worked

Mozy no longer accepts new subscriptions since Carbonite acquired its services in 2018. Below is a detailed look at how Mozy used to work.

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Mozy Setup Wizard

Screenshot of the Mozy Setup Wizard
Mozy Setup Wizard Screen.

This screen will show after Mozy finishes installing to your computer.

For Windows users, Mozy backs up everything you see here. This includes all pictures, documents, and videos found in the typical places they exist, like on your desktop and other common user folders.

If you're installing Mozy on a Linux computer, nothing will be chosen automatically like you see here. Instead, you'll need to manually choose what to back up. We'll look at doing that in one of the later slides in this tour.

Choosing the Change Encryption link will open another window, which you'll see in the next slide.

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Change Encryption Key Screen

Screenshot of the Mozy Change Encryption Key screen
Mozy Change Encryption Key Screen.

While installing to your computer, Mozy (and Mozy Sync) can be configured to use a personal encryption key for added security.

This step is entirely optional but can be modified from the Change Encryption link shown during setup.

Choose the Use a personal key option and then type or import the key you'd like to use. Keys can be characters, numbers, and/or symbols of any length.

According to Mozy's documentation, the following are some changes in features that will take effect if you decide to use a private encryption key with Mozy:

  • File previews and image thumbnails will not be available through the web app
  • Files won't be able to be uploaded from a web browser to your set of synchronized files
  • You must use the Mozy decrypt utility to manually decrypt archive packages and files downloaded from the web

Setting up your Mozy account with a private encryption key can only be done during the installation process! This means if you skip this step while installing, and then later decide to set one up, you must reinstall the software.

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Status Screen

Screenshot of the Mozy Status screen
Mozy Status Screen.

After the initial backup has started, this is the first screen you'll see upon opening Mozy.

You can easily pause or start a backup from this screen with the large Start Backup/Pause Backup button.

Clicking or tapping the Files backed up link will show you all the files you have backed up, as well as a list of files that are queued for upload. From there, you can also quickly search for files that have already been backed up.

Choose the Restore Files... button to get to the screen where you can restore files back to your computer. There's more info about the "Restore" tab of Mozy later on in this walkthrough.

Settings is, of course, where you access all of Mozy's settings. We'll be looking at the different sections of the settings starting in the next slide.

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Backup Sets Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy Backup Sets settings page
Mozy Backup Sets Tab.

The "Backup Sets" tab of Mozy's settings lets you choose what to include and exclude from your backup selections.

You can select or deselect any of the items in the "Backup Set" section to disable backing up all of those files. You can also click any of those sets and then choose what files within that set should or shouldn't be backed up—you have complete control over what Mozy backs up.

Right-clicking in the blank open area below the "Backup Set" list lets you open the "Backup Set Editor" to add more backup sources, like whole hard drives full of files or just specific folders. There's more on the "Backup Set Editor" in the next slide.

Individual files can not be removed from a backup in Linux, but you are able to deselect its folder to prevent the files from being backed up.

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Backup Set Editor Screen

Screenshot of the Backup Set Editor in Mozy
Mozy Backup Set Editor Screen.

This screen can by seen when editing or creating a new backup set in Mozy.

The "Backup Set Editor" screen is used to control what folders and files are included and excluded from backups.

Clicking or tapping the plus or minus buttons on the lower right of this screen lets you create rules that describe what Mozy selects for backup.

A rule can be Include or Exclude, and can apply to a file type, file size, date modified, date created, file name, or folder name.

For example, you can create a backup set that backs up several folders, but then choose rules that force Mozy to back up only audio files with MP3 and WAV extensions that are in folders that start with the word "Music" that were created within the last month.

If you select the option at the top called Files matching this set will be EXCLUDED from the final backup set, then all the folders you select for that backup set will be excluded from backups.

The exclusion option won't be shown in the "Backup Set Editor" screen unless you have the Show advanced backup set features option enabled in the "Advanced" tab of Mozy's settings.

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File System Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy File System settings tab
Mozy File System Tab.

Mozy's "File System" tab is similar to the "Backup Sets" tab but instead of being able to include and exclude files by their file extension, name, date, etc., this is where you go to decide what specific drives, folders, and files you want to back up.

In other words, instead of choosing backups in a vague manner through the sets, this is the screen you use to pick the exact drives, folders, and files that you want to back up the Mozy servers.

If you've made selections from the "Backup Sets" tab as to what should be backed up, the "File System" tab can be used to see exactly what files from what locations are being backed up, instead of just viewing the category (set) that the files are part of.

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General Options Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy General Options tab
Mozy General Options Tab.

The "Options" section in Mozy's settings has several tabs, one of which is for general options.

Selecting the Show backup status icon on files option will show a colored icon on the files on your computer so you know which ones are currently backed up with Mozy and which ones are queued for backup.

If enabled, Warn me when I go over my quota will notify you when you've gone over your storage limit.

As it would seem, the third option on this screen will alert you when a backup hasn't occurred for the selected number of days.

You're also able to use this screen to change the logging options for diagnostic purposes.

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Scheduling Options Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy Scheduling Options tab
Mozy Scheduling Options Tab.

Decide when backups start and stop using the "Scheduling" tab in Mozy's settings.

The Automatic scheduling option will backup your files when three conditions are met: When the CPU usage is lower than the percentage you define, when the computer has been idle for the specified number of minutes, and if the maximum number of daily backups hasn't already been met.

The maximum number of automated backups that Mozy will run per day is 12. Once 12 has been reached within a 24 hour period, you must start the backups manually. This counter will reset every day.

These three conditions can all be adjusted manually, as you can see in this screenshot.

Scheduled backups can be configured instead, which will back up your files on a daily or weekly schedule that can start at any time during the day.

Additional options are available at the bottom of the "Scheduling" tab, like to temporarily stop Mozy's automated backups and to start an automatic backup even if your computer is running on battery power.

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Performance Options Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy Performance Options tab
Mozy Performance Options Tab.

Mozy's "Performance" settings tab lets you change the speed at which your files are backed up.

Toggling the Enable Bandwidth Throttle option lets you slide that setting to the left or right to decrease or increase the network speed Mozy is allowed to work at.

This option can be further customized by enabling the bandwidth restriction only during certain hours of the day and for certain days of the week.

Changing the slider setting for the "Backup Speed" section lets you choose between having a faster computer or having faster backups.

As the setting moves closer to the right for quicker backups, it will use more of your computer's system resources to speed up the backup process, thus possibly slowing down your computer's performance.

The bandwidth settings can be adjusted in Mozy Sync as well.

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Mozy 2xProtect Options Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy 2xProtect Options tab
Mozy 2xProtect Options Tab.

Mozy can not only back up your files online but it can also back up the same files to another hard drive you have connected to your computer. This provides added protection as well as faster restores.

Check the box next to Enable 2xProtect in the "Mozy 2xProtect" settings tab to turn this feature on.

Select a hard drive for the destination of the local backup. It's recommended to choose a drive that's different than the one the original files are located on.

Under the "Version History" section of this tab, you can choose the maximum size a file can be before Mozy skips saving old versions. This is necessary to avoid using up too much disk space. The maximum size of the entire history folder can also be set.

The 2xProtect feature is not available in the Mac version of Mozy. Also, if you're backing up EFS encrypted files, you must disable that option in the "Advanced" tab of Mozy's settings before a local backup can be run.

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Network Options Tab

Screenshot of the Network settings in Mozy
Mozy Network Options Tab.

The "Network" options tab in Mozy's settings is used to modify proxy and network adapter settings.

Setup Proxy... will let you use setup a proxy for use with Mozy.

The "Network Filter" section of this tab is for ensuring a backup doesn't run on the selected adapters. Any adapter you select from this list will not be used when running backups.

For example, you can place a checkmark next to the wireless adapter if you don't want to back up your computer while you're on wireless networks.

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Advanced Options Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy Advanced Options tab
Mozy Advanced Options Tab.

The "Advanced" tab in Mozy's settings is simply a list of options you can enable or disable.

From here, you can enable the backup of encrypted files, show advanced backup set options, allow protected operating system files to be backed up, and more.

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History Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy History tab
Mozy History Tab.

The "History" tab shows the backup and restore attempts you've made with Mozy. 

There's nothing you can do with this screen except see when the event occurred, how long it took, whether it was successful or not, the number of files that were involved, the size of the backup/restore, and a few other stats.

Clicking on an event from the top of this screen will show you details about the files in the bottom part, like the path of the specific files that were involved, the transfer speed, details about how that file performed with the backup, and more.

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Restore Tab

Screenshot of the Mozy Restore tab
Mozy Restore Tab.

This is where you'll go to restore files and folders you've backed up with Mozy.

As you can see, you can both search and browse through your files to find the ones you want to restore, and you're able to restore a whole hard drive, an entire folder, or specific files.

Select the Search Latest Version option to restore the most recent version of a file, or select a date from the Search by Date option to restore a previous version.

The bottom of the screen dictates how the restore works. Either choose a destination folder for where the restored files should go, or skip that step to restore them to their original locations.

Best Mozy Alternatives

Backblaze and SOS Online Backup are some online backup services we often recommend. They're a great alternative to Mozy if you liked that service.

Also see this list of free online backup services for some other options that, while are limited in features, you don't have to pay for.