You want to install Cobian Backup on your PC.
What you’ll need is a relatively new PC running Windows XP, Win7, or a Windows Server and a USB disk.
As Cobian is agent-less, it’s very easy to install. There is also a installation tutorial on the Cobian website.
- Download Cobian via its download page. For our example, we’ll use Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity).
- Launch the Cobian setup program (cbSetup.exe) after the download completes.
- Click Next on the Welcome screen.
- Accept the License and click Next.
- The default installation options are usually fine. Click Next.
- Almost without fail, you will want Cobian to run as a Service so that the backups will run without you needing to login. Ensure the installation type is As A Service.
- In the Service Options, you need to enter administrator credentials. Warning: Rarely, if ever, should you use “Administrator”. If you ever change the Administrator password, you’re passwords will stop working. If you are using AD, create a service account name “cobiansvc”, and if this is for the local PC only, use “cobiansvc” as a local user. Make the user a Domain Admin if you will be using Cobian to backup network computers.
- Once you create the user, you’ll want to put the information in the Service Options screen. Click Next.
- Now click Install.
- Once done, and assuming all is well, you should see Cobian running in your System Tray.