Data Source and Storage Plug-ins

Data Source plug-ins are components of the program that contain instructions on how to retrieve information from different sources of data, and how to store it back. For example, a database plug-in may use the SELECT statement to back up tables, and CREATE-INSERT statements to restore them.

Storage plug-ins are components of the software that provide one-to-one mapping to different file systems. They can be used as a source of data, as a target destination for backups, or provide folders for synchronization.

Note: In our software, the term "plug-in" is used to refer to a certain type of features that can be updated independently from the program’s core. These features are not "minor" or "supplementary" in any way. Plug-ins are used for all operations: for example, copying of local HDD files relies on the Computer plug-in.

To learn more about the concept of plug-ins, see Plug-ins.

File Systems

Each plug-in creates a virtual file system with hierarchical structure. Files and folders of the file system correspond to objects of the respective data source: for example, files of the Disk Image plug-in are used to access HDD partitions. When the program runs backup, restore or synchronization, it works with objects provided by plug-ins as if they were common files and folders.

You can learn more about virtual file systems in Plug-in File Systems.

List of Plug-ins

Generally, there are two types of plug-ins:

  • Data source plug-ins provide access to local PC objects. You can see all plug-ins on the second step of the New Task Wizard, in the Data Sources pane to the left.
Specifying data set for backup
  • Storage destination plug-ins provide one-to-one mapping to storage file systems (e.g. local HDD, or remote FTP location). You can see all storage plug-ins on the third step of the New Task Wizard, in the Storage Destinations pane to the left.
Selecting destination for backups

Both types of plug-ins can be used as a source of data. You can see a full list of plug-ins in the table below.

Windows LibrariesSourceAllbothYes
User FoldersSourceAllbothYes
Online BackupStorageAllbothNo, configurable
DatabaseSourceSmall Business+bothNo, configurable with ODBC Connector
MSSQLSourceSmall Business+bothYes**
MySQLSourceSmall Business+bothNo, configurable
MariaDBSourceSmall Business+bothNo, configurable
PostgreSQLSourceSmall Business+bothNo, configurable
OracleSourceSmall Business+bothYes
Lotus NotesSourceSmall Business+32-bit onlyYes
DB2SourceSmall Business+bothYes
E-mailSourceAllbothNo, configurable
MS ExchangeSourceSmall Business+bothYes**
Disk ImageSourceProfessional+bothNo*
System RecoverySourceProfessional+bothNo, configurable
VMwareSourceSmall Business+bothNo, configurable
Hyper-VSourceSmall Business+bothNo, configurable
FTPStorageAllbothNo, configurable
SFTPStorageProfessional+bothNo, configurable
FTPSStorageProfessional+bothNo, configurable
WebDAV (Multi-cloud)StorageAllbothNo, configurable
Amazon S3StorageProfessional+bothNo, configurable
Google DriveStorageAllbothNo, configurable
Microsoft OneDriveStorageAllbothNo, configurable
DropboxStorageAllbothNo, configurable
BackBlazeStorageAllbothNo, configurable
BoxStorageAllbothNo, configurable
4SharedStorageAllbothNo, configurable
Yandex.DiskStorageAllbothNo, configurable
1CSourceSmall Business+bothYes

Value in the User-specific column indicates if access to data depends on the user account that the Workstation component runs from. To learn more, please see Workstation...

*To use the Disk Image plug-in and to back up open files with the Computer plug-in, Workstation must be launched from a user account with administrator privileges, and you need to have a running Volume Shadow Copy Service. Without the service, the Computer plug-in will not be able to copy files that are opened by other applications.

**Workstation must be launched from a user account with administrator privileges, and you need to have running Volume Shadow Copy Service and SQL Writer Service (for the MSSQL plug-in) or Exchange Writer Service (for the MS Exchange plug-in).

Note: The above information may change from the time of publication (version 2, November 2020).

You can learn more about data source plug-ins in the next chapters.

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