Seagate Mirra Setup guide

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Copyrights folder on your Mirra PC software CD. To request copies of open source
software used in this product, visit the www.mirra.com web site.
Copyright (c) 2002 Chew Keong TAN
BigInteger Class Version 1.03
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OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
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Patents
Patent Number: U.S. Patent 6,928,476
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resulting from errors or omissions in this document, or from the use of the
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DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES.
Important Safety Instructions
The following instructions pertain to the risk of fire, electric shock, or bodily injury.
Please read all of these instructions carefully.
1. Save these instructions for later use.
2. Follow all the instructions and warnings marked on this product or included in
this manual.
3. Do not place Mirra on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall,
causing serious damage to the product.
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4. Keep away from excessive heat or moisture. Inadequate ventilation may cause
internal component failure. Do not use your product near water.
5. Never push objects of any kind into the product through the cabinet openings.
Objects may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could
result in a fire or electrical shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.
Unplug the product from the main power outlet if exposed to liquids, rain, or
water.
6. Connect your product only to an AC power source as indicated on the
product's information label. If you're not sure of the type of AC power available,
consult your local power company.
a. CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, FULLY INSERT PLUG INTO GROUNDED AC
OUTLET. DO NOT USE A PLUG WITH A RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE
BLADES CAN BE FULLY INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE EXPOSURE.
b. PROTECT POWER CORDS FROM BEING WALKED ON, ROLLED OVER, CRIMPED, BENT,
OR PINCHED, PARTICULARLY AT PLUGS, CONVENIENCE RECEPTACLES, AND THE
POINT AT WHICH THEY CONNECT TO THE SERVER.
7. Turn off and unplug your product from the main electrical power outlet before
cleaning. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Aerosol cleaners may be harmful to the environment
Do not attempt to open your Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server. Only Seagate
Technology LLC can safely repair your Mirra. Opening the Mirra or attempting to
modify it will subject you to a risk of injury, may damage the product, and will void
your warranty. Go to http://support.mirra.com for service.
MirraGuard Data Guarantee
If one of your computer hard drives fails, all data backed up on your Mirra Sync and
Share Personal Server will be restored. Seagate will assist you in the restoration
and, if necessary, Seagate’s Data Recovery Service will commit up to $1,000 to
recover and restore your data. See details on line at www.seagate.com.
Mirra Limited Warranty
One year parts and labor.
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Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Network Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Chapter 2: Connecting the Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Using a Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Using an Apple AirPort Wireless Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Apple Airport Extreme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
If the Mirra is Your Only Wired/Ethernet Device 3
If the Mirra is Not Your Only Wired/Ethernet Device 3
Apple Airport Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connecting your Mirra to your Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Setting Up a Single Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Setting Up Multiple Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Connecting your Mirra to a Power Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Chapter 3: Setting Up your Mirra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Installing the Mirra Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Setting Up the Mirra Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Creating a New Web Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Organizing your Mirra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Using Mirra Icons and Aliases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Using the Mirra Widget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Setting Mirra Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Changing Your Email Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Adjusting Network Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Advanced Network Settings for Manual Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Setting Up Multiple Users on One Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Using Mirra with Mac OSX Fast User Switching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Setting Up Multiple Computers with One Mirra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Backing Up to Multiple Mirras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Accessing the Mirra Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Displaying the Task Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Reading the Status Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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Displaying the Status Tasks Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Working with Problem Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opening the Problem Files Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fixing Problem Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mirra Status Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring a Mirra Name or Advanced Network Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting/Changing an Access Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dismissing an Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dismissing All Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Viewing Alert Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Showing Problem Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 5: Backing Up & Restoring Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Folder-naming Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Backup & Restore Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Displaying the Backup & Restore Tasks Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting Folders for Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recommended Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
From the Backup & Restore Tasks Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
From the Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backing Up your Home Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Excluding Folders during Initial Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Excluding Folders after the Initial Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking Backup Status on your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Verifying a Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opening Backups on your Mirra from the Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reading the Activity Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessing Backups from Other Computers Connected to Your Mirra . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copying Files from Another Computer Connected to Your Mirra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copying a Folder from Another Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Copying a File from Another Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restoring Folders After a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backup & Restore Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backing Up a New Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting Recommended Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a Folder from Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving a Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving a File Version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Undeleting a File or Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Restoring a Version of a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Restoring a Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Stopping a Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Opening a Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Opening a Folder in Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Opening a File in Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Revealing a File or Folder in Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Sharing a Folder via the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Sharing a Folder via the Local Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Viewing Previous Versions of a File. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Purging Files and Folders from your Personal Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Notes on Backing Up and Restoring Files and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Chapter 6: Sharing Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Displaying the Sharing Tasks Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Using the Sharing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Sharing via the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Opening the Share via the Web Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
From the Sharing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
From the Backup & Restore Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
From the Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Using the Share via the Web Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Selecting a Folder to Share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Selecting Recipients to Share With . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Entering Addresses with the Apple Address Book 102
Typing Email Addresses 103
Setting Folder Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Sending a Message to Recipients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Completing the Share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Sharing via the Local Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Opening the Share via the Local Network Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
From the Sharing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
From the Backup & Restore Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
From the Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Using the Share via the Local Network Window. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Selecting a Folder to Share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Selecting Recipients on the Local Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Setting Folder Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Completing the Share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Synchronizing Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Synchronizing Versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
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Working with Synchronized Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stopping Synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sharing Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sharing a Folder via the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sharing a Folder via the Local Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opening a Folder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opening or Revealing a File or Folder in Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stopping a Share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Synchronizing Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stopping Synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing Web Shares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing Local Network Shares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving a Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving a File Version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Undeleting a File or Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restoring a Version of a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stopping a Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Viewing Previous Versions of a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Notes on Sharing Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Displaying the Web Access Tasks Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a Mirra Web Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Enabling Folders for Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Web Access Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting a Web Access Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Enabling a Folder for Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disabling a Folder for Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Enabling All Folders for Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disabling All Folders for Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Auto-enabling Web Access for New Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disabling Web Access for New Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Notes on Accessing Files on the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Displaying the Activity Log Tasks Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Chapter 9: Managing Your Mirra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
Checking the Backup Status of all Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
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Turning Off your Personal Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Returning to Factory Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Changing a Mirra Web Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Telephone Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Online Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
MirraGuard Data Guarantee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
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Table of Contents
Mirra Manual for Macintosh
Chapter 1: Introduction
This manual provides information about how to connect your Mirra™ Personal
Server and install, set up, and use the Mirra software.
Your shipping container should include the following components:
Your shipping container should include the following components:
•
Seagate Mirra Sync and Share Personal Server
•
AC power cable
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Ethernet cable
•
Mirra software CD (contains this electronic Mirra Manual)
•
Mirra license key sticker (affixed to the Mirra software CD sleeve)
•
Mirra Setup Guide (printed on the pocket folder insert in the shipping
•
container)
Mirra Getting Started Guide
System Requirements
The Mirra software can be installed on Macintosh computers that meet these
minimum system requirements:
•
Power PC G3, G4, or G5 processor running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
— OR —
Intel Core Duo or Core Solo processor running Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher
•
256 MB RAM
•
50 MB of free disk space
•
Ethernet network support and CD-ROM drive
•
Broadband always-on Internet connection (such as DSL or cable)
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Network Requirements
Your Personal Server must be connected to a router or hub with an open Ethernet
port. If you have only one computer and connect to the Internet with a broadband
modem, you must install a router or a hub so that your Personal Server and your
computer can share the same Internet connection. If you have a different
configuration, see Setting Up a Single Computer or Setting Up Multiple Computers
in Chapter 2 for further details on connecting your Personal Server to your
computer.
Note: If you have a wide area network (WAN) that uses a router to bridge different subnets, you
can use your Personal Server only with computers connected to the same subnet.
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Chapter 2: Connecting the Components
Using a Router
You should have a router on your network for several reasons:
1. To set up a local network so that other computers can connect to your Mirra.
2. To connect the local network to the Internet.
3. To provide firewall protection between the local network (including the Mirra)
and the Internet.
You should always use a router that includes a firewall to connect your local
network to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) because the firewall blocks
unauthorized access to your local network from the Internet.
Using an Apple AirPort Wireless Router
Apple Airport Extreme
If the Mirra is Your Only Wired/Ethernet Device
If you use an Apple AirPort Extreme wireless router and your Personal Server is
your only wired/Ethernet device, simply plug the Ethernet cable from your Mirra into
the LAN Ethernet port of your AirPort. (Don’t plug it into the WAN Ethernet port
or your Mirra won’t work properly.)
If the Mirra is Not Your Only Wired/Ethernet Device
If you use an Apple AirPort Extreme wireless router with more than one wired/
Ethernet device, you must use a hub or a switch to connect the AirPort to all wired/
Ethernet devices. Do not use an additional router, as a router will prevent your
wireless devices from communicating with your Mirra.
Step 1:
Plug an Ethernet hub or switch into the Ethernet LAN port of your Apple
AirPort.
Step 2:
Plug both your Mirra and your other wired/Ethernet device(s) into the hub.
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Apple Airport Express
The Apple Airport Express has no LAN Ethernet ports, so there’s no way to connect
your Personal Server to your local network.
You can do one of two things:
1. Purchase a wireless router such as the Apple Airport Extreme that does have
wired LAN Ethernet ports and follow the directions above.
2. Purchase an Ethernet-to-wireless bridge to connect your wireless network to
the wired Ethernet port your Personal Server requires.
Connecting your Mirra to your Macintosh
The Mirra can be used with one computer or with multiple computers.
Setting Up a Single Computer
Connect your Mirra to a router (such as the Apple AirPort Base Station) using the
Ethernet cable included in your shipping carton. Once connected, your setup should
resemble the one shown in Figure 2~1:
Figure 2~1 Connecting your Personal Server with a Single Computer
In Figure 2~1, your Personal Server is connected to a router which is, in turn,
connected to a broadband modem and to the computer. Some broadband modems
and wireless access points include a router, so your setup might look different.
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Setting Up Multiple Computers
If you already have multiple computers sharing a broadband Internet connection,
you probably already have a router. Check for an available Ethernet port and use
the provided Ethernet cable to connect your Personal Server to the router as
shown in Figure 2~2:
Figure 2~2 Connecting your Personal Server with Multiple Computers
Your configuration might look different than the one pictured in Figure 2~2.
Connect your Personal Server to your router in the same way you connect other
computers.
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Connecting your Mirra to a Power Source
To connect your Mirra to a power source,
Step 1:
Plug the appropriate end of the provided power cable into the power slot on
the rear of your Personal Server. Make sure it’s firmly and completely
seated.
Figure 2~3 Mirra Power Plug Outlet
Step 2:
Connect the other end of the power cable to an AC power source.
Step 3:
On the front of the Mirra, press and release the power button:
Figure 2~4 Mirra Power Button
• The green light to the right of the power button shines steadily.
• The amber light to the left of the power button starts blinking after a few
seconds.
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When the amber light shines steadily and a startup tone sounds, you have
successfully installed your Personal Server. (If the amber status light
shuts off, check the Mirra web site for help at http://support.mirra.com.)
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Chapter 3: Setting Up your Mirra
Installing the Mirra Software
You must install the Mirra software on each Macintosh computer in your network
that you want to connect to your Personal Server.
Note: You must have Administrator privileges (or the Administrator’s password) to install the
Mirra software on your computer. However, Administrator privileges are not required to
run the Mirra application.
To install the Mirra software,
Step 1:
Insert the Mirra CD in your computer's CD-ROM drive and launch the
installer:
Figure 3~1 Introduction
Step 2:
Click Continue.
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The Release Notes window opens:
Figure 3~2 Release Notes
Step 3:
When you’ve finished reading the Release Notes, click Continue.
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The Mirra License Agreement opens:
Figure 3~3 Mirra License Agreement
Step 4:
If you agree, check I have read and accept the terms of the License
Agreement and click Continue.
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The Select Destination window opens:
Figure 3~4 Select Destination
Use this window to tell Mirra where to install the Mirra software and
aliases.
Note: Aliases will be created for ALL Mirra users on this computer.
Step 5:
Decide whether to accept the default destination folder or choose a folder
and select any locations at which you want a Mirra alias.
Step 6:
Click Continue.
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If you selected Choose Folder to change the destination folder, the Choose
a Folder dialog opens:
Figure 3~5 Save Dialog
Step 7:
Select a destination folder and click Choose to return to the Installer.
The Select Destination screen now displays the folder you’ve selected.
Step 8:
Click Continue.
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The Pre-Installation Summary screen opens:
Figure 3~6 Pre-Installation Summary
Step 9:
To change any previous settings, click Go Back.
When you’re satisfied with your settings, click Install to begin the
installation.
Step 10:
Enter your Administrator name and password at the prompt.
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The Installing screen informs you of the progress of the installation:
Figure 3~7 Installing
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When the installation is complete, the Finish Up window opens:
Figure 3~8 Finish Up
Step 11:
Click Launch Mirra to close the Installer and automatically open Mirra
Setup.
— OR —
Click Done to exit the Installer and set up the Mirra software at another
time.
Setting Up the Mirra Software
Mirra Setup walks you through the steps to set up your Mirra4 Mac software.
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The Welcome screen introduces Setup:
Figure 3~9 Welcome
Step 1:
Click Next.
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The Find your Personal Server window opens:
Figure 3~10 Find Your Personal Server
Step 2:
Select your Personal Server and click Next.
The License Key window opens:
Figure 3~11 License Key
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Entering a license key insures that only authorized Personal Servers are
added to the Mirra network and that only authorized computers in your
network have access to your Personal Server. If multiple computers are
connected to your Personal Server, you must enter this license key on each
computer.
Your Mirra license key sticker is affixed to the Mirra software CD sleeve.
Step 3:
Enter your license key and click Next.
The Personal Server Name window opens:
Figure 3~12 Personal Server Name
Step 4:
Give your Personal Server a name of your choosing or accept the default
name, Mirra Personal Server, and click Next.
Note: You can change the Personal Server name at any time in the Mirra application (see
Adjusting Network Settings).
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The Access Password window opens:
Figure 3~13 Access Password
The Access Password window offers the option of password protection for
your backed up folders. If other computers are connected to your Mirra and
you don't set a password, any Mirra user can use the Backup & Restore
screen to access, edit, or delete your backed up folders.
• You can set a password now or do it later from the Status screen in the Mirra
application.
• If you set an Access Password, it will apply to all your folders; you cannot assign
it to some folders and not to others.
• If you set a password, you won’t have to enter it to open your own folders on your
own computer. But you will have to enter it if you want to access a backed up
folder from a different computer than the one on which you created the
password.
Caution: Mirra cannot recover your Access Password for you. If you forget it, you
will not be able to restore folders from your Personal Server.
Step 5:
If you wish, enter and confirm a password and click Next.
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The Web Account window opens:
Figure 3~14 Web Account
Although you can use Mirra’s Backup & Restore
feature without creating a Mirra Web Account,
you must create a Web Account in order to use
the Web Access and Folder Sharing features.
Step 6:
If you’ve previously created a Mirra Web Account, enter the email address
you used to create that account.
If you’re creating a new Mirra Web Account, enter the email address you
want to associate with this Personal Server. After you finish Setup, you’ll
complete the creation of your Web Account (see Creating a New Web
Account).
Step 7:
Click Next.
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The Backup window allows you to select some basic folders for backup:
Figure 3~15 Backup
The folders listed in the Backup window are those most frequently selected
for backup. Once you’ve completed Setup, you’ll be able to back up other
folders not listed in this window or folders listed here but not selected
during Setup.
Step 8:
Select the folders you want to back up to your computer and click Next.
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The Thank You window opens:
Figure 3~16 Thank You
Step 9:
Click Finish to close Setup.
Three items open automatically on your desktop when Setup closes:
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• The Mirra web site Product Registration page:
Figure 3~17 Mirra Product Registration
Although registering your Mirra is not required, you must register to
activate the MirraGuard™ Data Guarantee and receive update notices from
Mirra
— To register now, complete the Mirra Product Registration form.
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• The Connecting screen, which informs you that the Mirra software is
connecting to your Personal Server:
Figure 3~18 Connecting Screen
• A Configure Backup window for each folder you selected for backup during
Setup:
Figure 3~19 Configure Backup
— For each folder, change the folder name if you wish and click Back Up to verify
that you want to back it up.
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Creating a New Web Account
Although you can now use the Mirra software to back up folders without creating
a Web Account, you cannot access your folders remotely or share them with others
until you create a Web Account.
In the Web Account window of Setup, you entered an email address to be
associated with your free Mirra Web Account. Now you must complete the creation
of your Web Account on the Mirra web site.
Until you create a Web Account, the Web Account Information area of the Web
Access screen in your Mirra application indicates that your Mirra is connected but
that your Web Account has not yet been confirmed:
Figure 3~20 Web Access Screen — No Web Account
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To complete the creation of your Mirra Web Account,
Step 1:
Check the email account associated with the email address you used to
create your Mirra Web Account. Usually within a few minutes, you receive a
message resembling the one shown below with a link to the Mirra web site:
Figure 3~21 Create Your Mirra Account Email
If you don’t receive an email,
• Check your Spam folder to be sure your Mirra email
hasn’t mistakenly been identified as spam.
• Make sure you’re checking the email account that
matches the email address you used to create your
Web Account.
• Click Resend Email Now on the Web Access screen in
your Mirra application.
If the email isn’t there, contact Mirra Technical Support
at http://support. mirra.com.
Step 2:
Click the link in the email.
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You’re taken directly to the Create Account page on the Mirra web site,
where your email address has already been entered:
Figure 3~22 Create Web Account
Step 3:
Enter your name and enter and confirm a password of your choosing.
Step 4:
Click Create Account.
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The Thank You page opens:
Figure 3~23 Thank You
Step 5:
Return to the Web Access screen in the Mirra application on your desktop.
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The Web Access screen now reflects the confirmation of your Web Account:
Figure 3~24 Web Access Screen — Web Account Confirmed
You’ll receive an email confirming the creation of your Web Account and
another confirming the registration of your Mirra.
Organizing your Mirra
Using Mirra Icons and Aliases
During the installation of the Mirra software, a Mirra icon is placed in your menu
bar. The icon indicates whether your Mirra is connected and working properly and
can be used to open the Mirra application and to set preferences .
To open the Mirra application,
Step 1:
Click the Mirra icon in the menu bar.
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Step 2:
Select Open Mirra from the pull-down menu:
Figure 3~25 Mirra Menu Bar Icon Menu
The Mirra icon is normally red. A gray icon indicates that your connection
has been lost.
The Mirra icon pulses slowly when backups are in progress. You can turn off the
pulsing behavior if you wish.
To turn off the pulsing behavior,
Step 1:
Click the Mirra icon in the menu bar.
Step 2:
Select Turn Mirra Icon Animation Off from the pull-down menu.
In addition to the menu bar icon, Mirra aliases appear on your desktop and in your
home folder if you selected those options during the software installation. You can
click any of them to open the Mirra application.
Note: The Mirra application is located in the Applications folder or wherever you installed it.
Using the Mirra Widget
Note: The Mirra widget is available in Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) and Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5).
When you install the Mirra software, a Mirra icon is placed in the widget bar of the
Dashboard. You can drag the Mirra widget onto your desktop so you can easily
track what your Mirra is doing without opening the Mirra application.
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To access the Mirra widget,
Step 1:
Make the Dashboard active by clicking the icon in the Dock or pressing F12.
Figure 3~26 Mirra Widget
Step 2:
Click the Open (+) button in the lower left cornerto reveal the widget bar.
The widget bar, which displays all widgets on your Mac, slides into view at
the bottom of the screen.
Step 3:
Click the arrow buttons on either side of the widget bar to display more
widgets until the Mirra widget is displayed.
Step 4:
To activate the Mirra widget, click its icon or drag it out of the widget bar.
Step 5:
To close the widget bar, click the close button on the lower-left part of the
screen right above the Widget Bar.
Step 6:
To return to your desktop, press F12 or click the desktop.
Setting Mirra Preferences
You can use the Mirra Preferences window to set Notification, Web Access, Mirra
Update Reminder preferences, and turn the pulsing menu bar icon on or off.
To set Mirra preferences,
Step 1:
In the Mirra menu bar, click Mirra > Preferences.
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The Mirra Preferences window opens:
Figure 3~27 Mirra Preferences
Step 2:
Make your choices for new alert notification preferences, web access
preferences, and Mirra Update reminder preference.
Step 3:
Close the window to save your preferences.
Changing Your Email Address
Your Mirra Web Account uses your email address to identify your user account. So
if you change your email address, you must associate your new address with your
Mirra Web Account. When you change your email address, you are in effect creating
a new Mirra Web Account. However, you can use the same login name and password
you used with your previous email address.
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To change your email address,
Step 1:
In the Web Account Information area of the Web Access screen, click
Change/Create next to your current email address:
Figure 3~28 Change/Create Account Link
The Create a Mirra Web Account window opens:
Figure 3~29 Create a Mirra Web Account Window
Step 2:
Enter your new email address and click OK.
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Step 3:
Check your email. Usually after a few minutes you receive a message from
Mirra resembling the message shown below with a link to the Create
Account page on the Mirra web site:
Figure 3~30 Create Your Mirra Account Email
Step 4:
Click the link in your email.
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You’re taken to the Mirra web site Create Account page:
Figure 3~31 Create Account Page
Step 5:
Enter a username and enter and confirm a password of your choosing.
Step 6:
Click Create Account.
The Thank You page opens:
Figure 3~32 Thank You
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Step 7:
Return to the Mirra application on your desktop.
Adjusting Network Settings
You can customize the network configuration for your Mirra by changing the name
you gave your Mirra or entering advanced network settings, such as static IP
addressing. Almost everyone will use the default network settings. Use Advanced
Network Settings only if you need to set static IP addressing and only if you have
the technical expertise necessary to configure network settings.
Note: If you enter incorrect settings, you may not be able to connect to your Mirra. If that
happens, contact Mirra Technical Support at http://support.mirra.com.
To adjust your network settings,
Step 1:
In the Tasks menu on the Status screen, click Configure.
The Mirra Configuration window opens with the current name of your
Personal Server displayed:
Figure 3~33 Mirra Configuration
Step 2:
Enter a name of your choosing for this Personal Server.
Note: The name you choose affects only your Personal Server and does not change any network
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Step 3:
Enter the desired IP and DNS Server information.
Step 4:
Click OK to save your changes and close the Advanced Network Settings
window.
For additional information about advanced network settings, see Advanced
Network Settings for Manual Addressing.
Advanced Network Settings for Manual Addressing
Most modern routers and broadband modems are able to share your Internet
connection using automatic address assignment (DHCP) for computers in your
network along with address sharing (NAT). If your networking equipment does not
include these features or if you have other requirements or constraints, you may
need to manually set an Internet address for Mirra.
Contact your broadband Internet provider for more information about sharing your
Internet connection and about the type of addressing required for your network. If
static IP addressing is required, determine a static IP address or ask your Internet
provider to do so. Use the Advanced Network Configuration option to enter this
address information.\
If you use static IP addresses and want to move
your Mirra to a different network, be sure to
update the static IP address to avoid a conflict.
Setting Up Multiple Users on One Computer
If more than one person logs on to a computer that is backed up to a Personal
Server, each person must create an individual Mirra Web Account in order to enable
web access and file sharing for that individual’s folders.
To create a Web Account after another user has already installed and licensed a
Mirra,
Step 1:
Log onto a computer on which another user has already installed the Mirra
software and created a Mirra Web Account.
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Step 2:
Open the Mirra application and click the Web Access tab:
Figure 3~34 Web Access Screen - No Web Account
The Web Account Information area indicates that the Personal Server is
connected and operating, but that you have not yet created a Mirra Web
Account.
Step 3:
Click Change/Create next to Account.
The Create a Mirra Web Account window opens:
Figure 3~35 Create a Mirra Web Account Window
Step 4:
Enter the email address you want to associate with your Web Account and
click OK.
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Step 5:
Check your email for a message from Mirra resembling the message shown
below with a link to the Mirra web site:
Figure 3~36 Create Your Mirra Account Email
If you don’t receive an email, check your Spam
folder to be sure your Mirra email hasn’t mistakenly been identified as spam. If the email isn’t
there, contact Mirra Technical Support at http://
support. mirra.com.
Step 6:
Click the link in your email.
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You’re taken to the Create Account page on the Mirra web site, where your
email address is already entered:,
Figure 3~37 Web Site Create Account Page
Step 7:
Enter a name and enter and confirm a password of your choosing.
Step 8:
Click Create Account.
The Thank You page opens:
Figure 3~38 Thank You
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Step 9:
Step 10:
Return to the application on your desktop.
Check your email for a welcome message from Mirra:
Figure 3~39 Welcome Email
Using Mirra with Mac OSX Fast User Switching
When users who share a computer change user accounts via fast user switching,
the Mirra application remains open on both users’ desktops. Mirra continues to
back up all users’ files. Once files have been selected for backup by any user on a
computer connected to a Personal Server, those files are continuously backed up
regardless of who is logged on at any given moment (and even when no one is logged
on and the application is closed).
Setting Up Multiple Computers with One Mirra
In order to back up two or more computers to a Mirra, you must install the Mirra
software and enter your Mirra license key on each computer. Each user on each
computer must then create a separate Mirra Web Account in order to remotely
access and share folders. Both Macs and PCs can be connected to the same Mirra.
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Backing Up to Multiple Mirras
You can back up the folders on your computer to more than one Mirra Personal
Server. For example, you can back up folders from your laptop to one Mirra at work
and another Mirra at home, providing additional security through a redundant
backup.
To back up your folders to more than one Mirra,
Step 1:
Install the Mirra software on your computer.
Step 2:
Connect to and license each of your Mirras.
After you’ve licensed your Mirras, the Mirra software automatically
discovers whichever Mirra you’re connected to. If two Mirras are present
simultaneously, the one most recently used is selected.
We recommend that you use the same email
address when creating a Mirra Web Account for
each Mirra so that you can remotely access
backups on all your Mirras with one login at www.
mirra.com.
Accessing the Mirra Screens
Each Mirra function (Status, Backup & Restore, Web Access, Sharing, and Activity
Log) has its own screen. To open a screen, click the tab associated with it:
Figure 3~40 Mirra Screen Tabs
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Displaying the Task Menus
Each Mirra function (Status, Backup & Restore, Web Access, Sharing, and Activity
Log) has its own Task menu. You can display a Task menu in two ways:
• Click Tasks on the menu bar of a Mirra screen:
Figure 3~41 Tasks Menu from the Menu Bar
— OR —
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• Click the Tasks button on a Mirra screen:
Figure 3~42 Tasks Button
Reading the Status Bar
The Status Bar across the bottom of the Mirra application provides continuously
updated information about the status of your Personal Server: connection status,
amount of free disk space, time of the last synchronization, and most recent
activity. When a backup is under way, the Status Bar reflects its progress.
Figure 3~43 Status Bar
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Chapter 4: Using the Mirra Status Screen
The Mirra Status screen provides you with information about the current status
of your Personal Server:
Figure 4~1 Status Screen Fields
• The Connected to area tells you which Personal Server you’re connected to,
how many computers are backed up to it, and how many files are backed up
on it from all connected computers.
• The Server – Computer Synchronization area tells you how many files are not
yet backed up and, if all files are currently backed up, the completion time of
the last backup.
• The Server disk free indicator displays the amount of free disk space
remaining on the Personal Server.
• The Alerts pane displays all notifications, such as license and account
verifications and backup and sharing confirmations. The date and name of
each alert is provided.
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Displaying the Status Tasks Menu
You can display the Status Tasks menu in two ways:
• Click Tasks on the menu bar of the Status screen:
Figure 4~2 Status Tasks Menu from the Menu Bar
— OR —
• Click the Tasks button on the Status screen:
Figure 4~3 Tasks Button
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Working with Problem Files
A problem file displays one of more of these characteristics:
• The filename is too long.
• The file is contained in a folder whose name is too long.
• The file or folder pathname contains unsupported characters.
• The file or its surrounding folder has no Read permission.
When Mirra encounters a problem file, it generates an alert in the Alerts area of
the Status screen.
Figure 4~4 Problem File Alert
Opening the Problem Files Window
You use the Problem Files window to view problem files so that you can rename them
and Mirra can back them up.
You can open the Problem Files window in several ways:
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• Click Tasks on the menu bar of the Status screen and select Show Problem
Files:
Figure 4~5 Status Tasks Menu from the Menu Bar
• Highlight the Problem File alert in the Alerts field, click Tasks on the menu
bar, and select View Alert Details on the Tasks menu
• Click the Tasks button on the Status screen and select Show Problem Files
on the Tasks menu:
Figure 4~6 Status Tasks Button
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• Double-click the Problem File alert in the Alerts area of the Status screen:
Figure 4~7 Problem File Alert
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Fixing Problem Files
To see information about a problem file and fix the problem,
Step 1:
Use one of the methods described in the previous section to open the
Problem Files window:
Figure 4~8 Problem Files
If the name of the problem file is too long to be displayed, the first and last
few characters of the name are displayed.
Step 2:
Double-click on a problem file in the list.
The Finder opens the folder that contains the file and highlights the file.
Step 3:
If the problem is too long a filename or a file or folder name that contains
unsupported characters,
• Double-click the file name in the list to open the file in the Finder.
• Shorten the filename or replace the unsupported characters in the Finder.
— OR —
If the problem is too long a pathname, rename the enclosing folders or move
the folder higher up in the folder hierarchy.
— OR —
If the problem is no Read permission,
• Choose Get Info from the File menu in the Finder
• Give yourself Read permission.
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Step 4:
Click OK.
Mirra Status Tasks
Configuring a Mirra Name or Advanced Network
Settings
To change the name of your Mirra or to enter advanced network settings,
Step 1:
On the Status Tasks menu, click Configure.
The Mirra Configuration window opens:
Figure 4~9 Mirra Configuration Window
Step 2:
In the Mirra Configuration window,
• Enter or edit a name for your Mirra.
• Enter or update IP address and DNS server information.
Step 3:
Click OK.
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Setting/Changing an Access Password
To set an Access Password if you don’t already have one or edit a password you
selected previously,
Step 1:
On the Status Tasks menu, click Set/Change Access Password.
The Folder Access Password window opens:
Figure 4~10 Folder Access Password
Step 2:
In the Access Password window,
• Enter your old password if one exists.
• Enter and confirm the new password.
Step 3:
Click OK.
Dismissing an Alert
To dismiss a selected alert,
Step 1:
In the Alerts area of the Status screen, select the alert to be dismissed.
Step 2:
On the Status Tasks menu, click Dismiss alert.
The alert is deleted.
Dismissing All Alerts
To dismiss all alerts at once,
Step 1:
Click the Status tab.
Step 2:
On the Status Tasks menu, click Dismiss All alerts.
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All alerts are deleted and the Alerts area closes.
Viewing Alert Details
To display the details of an alert,
Step 1:
Double-click the alert.
— OR —
In the Alerts area of the Status screen, select the alert to be viewed.
Step 2:
On the Status Tasks menu, click View alert details.
A window containing the details of the alert opens.
Showing Problem Files
To see information about a problem file and fix the problem,
Step 1:
In the Alerts area of the Status screen, double-click the Problem File alert.
Step 2:
In the Problem Files window, double-click on a problem file.
The Finder opens the folder that contains the file and highlights the file.
Step 3:
If the problem is too long a filename, shorten the filename.
— OR —
If the problem is too long a pathname, rename the enclosing folders or move
the folder higher up in the folder hierarchy.
Step 4:
Click OK.
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Chapter 5: Backing Up & Restoring Folders
There are several reasons to use Mirra to back up important folders:
• Your information is safe in the event of a computer crash.
• Mirra saves up to eight versions of each file in a backed up folder.
• You can access and work with your backed up folders remotely from any
computer with an Internet hookup.
• Once a folder has been backed up, any files and folders added to it are
automatically backed up as well.
• You can share the contents of backed up folders with others.
Mirra automatically and continuously tracks any changes you make to the files in
backed up folders and saves the eight most recent versions of each file. If you make
changes to files while your computer is not connected to your Personal Server,
those changes are tracked and the most recent version of each file is synchronized
to your Mirra when you reconnect. Since this is an ongoing, automatic process, you
no longer need to schedule updates or backups.
Your computer must remain on while a backup is in
progress in order to complete the backup. If your
computer goes to sleep or you shut it down before
a backup completes, Mirra will continue the backup
where it left off when you turn the computer back
on. Once the backup has finished, you can turn off
your computer.
Mirra does NOT back up the following files and folders:
• Invisible or hidden files and folders (including system folders)
• Files and folders you don’t have permission to view
• Folders whose pathnames are longer than 1024 characters
• Files and folders whose names are longer than 253 characters
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Note: If you back up files and folders that are constantly changing, such as program files or
logs, your Personal Server will be constantly updating those files and your computer’s
performance may be affected.
Folder-naming Issues
Once you’ve selected a folder for backup, you cannot change the folder name in any
way. If you do change a folder name, you must again select that folder for backup
after the name change.
If you place a sub-folder within a backed up folder, the sub-folder is automatically
backed up. If you then delete the sub-folder and subsequently place a file with the
same name as the deleted sub-folder in the same location, that file will NOT be
backed up. You must purge the deleted sub-folder before the file with the same
name can be backed up.
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Using the Backup & Restore Screen
The Backup & Restore screen displays the folders you’ve selected for backup on
your Mirra and lists the files stored in them:
Figure 5~1 Backup & Restore Screen
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If other computers are connected to your Mirra, folders backed up from those
computers are also displayed on your Backup & Restore screen:
Figure 5~2 Backup & Restore Screen with Local Network
To access the files contained in a backed up folder,
Step 1:
In the list of backed up folders on the left, select the folder in which the file
resides.
Step 2:
From the list that displays on the right side of the screen, select the
desired file.
Step 3:
Use the Backup & Restore Tasks menu to manage the file.
When you’re viewing your Backups on the Backup
and Restore screen, if something changes in one of
your backed up folders (for example, if a file is
added), the change does not appear on the screen
unless it occurs in the folder whose contents you
most recently displayed
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Displaying the Backup & Restore Tasks Menu
You can display the Backup & Restore Tasks menu in two ways:
• Click Tasks on the menu bar of the Backup & Restore screen:
Figure 5~3 Backup & Restore Tasks from the Menu Bar
— OR —
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• Click the Tasks button on the Backup & Restore screen:
Figure 5~4 Tasks Button
Selecting Folders for Backup
Recommended Backups
The folders listed in the Recommended Backups window are the ones most often
selected for backup. Once these folders have been backed up, any files and folders
you add to them are automatically backed up as well.
If you didn’t select folders for backup in Setup, you can do so now on the Backup &
Restore screen.
Note: You can also back up folders not listed in the Recommended Backups window; see New
Backups for additional information.
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To select folders for backup in the Recommended Backups window,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, select Recommended Backups.:
Figure 5~5 Backup & Restore Tasks - Recommended Backups
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The New Backups window opens with the Recommended Backups tab
selected:
Figure 5~6 Recommended Backups
Step 2:
Select the folders you want to back up.
Step 3:
Click Back Up.
The New Backups window closes and a Configure Backup window opens for
each folder you’ve selected:
Figure 5~7 Configure Backup
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Step 4:
In each window, change the backup name if you wish and click Back Up.
The Backup & Restore screen lists the folders you’ve selected for backup:
Figure 5~8 Backup & Restore Screen
New Backups
You can back up folders not listed in the Recommended Backups window in two
ways:
1. From the Backup & Restore Tasks menu
2. From the Finder
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From the Backup & Restore Tasks Menu
To use the Backup & Restore Tasks menu to select folders for backup,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, select New Backup:
Figure 5~9 Backup & Restore Tasks - New Backup
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A New Backup window opens with the Other Folders tab selected:
Figure 5~10 New Backup
Step 2:
Select the folder to be backed up and click Back Up.
A Configure Backup window opens:
Figure 5~11 Configure Backup
Step 3:
Change the backup name if you wish and confirm that this is the folder to
be backed up.
Step 4:
Click Back Up.
The folder is added to the list on the Backup & Restore screen.
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From the Finder
When you install the Mirra for Macintosh software,
Mirra-specific entries are added to the Finder's
shortcut menu. Although you aren't required to
restart your computer after you install the Mirra
software, these Mirra entries won't appear on the
shortcut menu until you do restart..
To select a folder for backup from the Finder,
Step 1:
Control-click (or right-click) the folder in the Finder.
The shortcut menu appears:
Figure 5~12 Shortcut Menu
Step 2:
Select Add Folder “Foldername” to Mirra Backups.
The Configure Backup window opens.
Step 3:
Click OK.
The folder is added to the list on the Backup & Restore screen.
Backing Up your Home Folder
There are both benefits and drawbacks to backing up your home folder.
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Benefit:
• If you back up your home folder, any file or folder you add to the home folder
(which includes your desktop) is automatically backed up.
Drawback:
• You cannot synchronize a folder from your Personal Server to your
Macintosh in a folder that’s backed up. So if you’ve backed up your home
folder, you must select another folder not located in your home folder in
which to synchronize folders. We recommend synchronizing in your Shared
folder (located on your hard drive in /Users/Shared).
Excluding Folders during Initial Backup
You can select a folder for backup but exclude from backup specific folders within
the backed up folder.
For example, you can select your home folder for backup but exclude the large and
ever-changing Caches folder, whose backup is unnecessary and would regularly slow
your system performance.
To exclude folders from backup,
Step 1:
In the Configure Backup window, click Exclude Folders::
Figure 5~13 Configure Backup
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The Excluded Folder(s) window opens:
Figure 5~14 Excluded Folder(s)
If you’re backing up your home folder, the Library/Caches folder is listed in
the Excluded Folder(s) window.
Step 2:
Click the + and - signs to add or remove folders from the Excluded Folders
list:
• To add a folder to the Excluded Folders list, click + and browse to the
folder.
• To remove a folder from the Excluded Folders list, select the folder in the
list and click - .
Step 3:
When you’re finished, click Done to return to the Confirm Backup window.
Step 4:
In Confirm Backup window, click Back Up to save your configuration and
begin your initial backup.
Excluding Folders after the Initial Backup
You can add or remove folders from the Excluded Folders list at any time.
To add or remove a folder from the Excluded Folders list after your initial backup,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, highlight the backup from which you want
to exclude a folder.
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Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, select Exclude Folder(s) from
Backup:
Figure 5~15 Backup & Restore Tasks - Exclude Folder(s) from Backup
The Excluded Folder(s) window opens:
Figure 5~16 Excluded Folder(s)
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Step 3:
Click the + and - signs to add or remove folders from the Excluded Folders
list:
• To add a folder to the Excluded Folders list, click + and browse to the
folder.
• To remove a folder from the Excluded Folders list, select the folder in the
list and click - .
Step 4:
When you’re finished, click Done to return to the Backup & Restore screen.
Checking Backup Status on your Computer
Verifying a Backup
While a backup is under way, the Status Bar at the bottom of the Mirra application
indicates the backup progress of every file in each folder being backed up:
Figure 5~17 Status Bar
There are three ways to confirm that a folder has been backed up:
1. The folder is listed on the Backup & Restore screen.
2. An alert in the Alerts area of the Status screen confirms that the folder has
been selected for backup.
3. The backup is listed in your Activity Log.
On average, it takes approximately 20 minutes to back up one gigabyte of data on
a 100Mb network. However, your data transfer rate will vary depending on a variety
of factors:
• Your OS configuration
• The speed of your hard disk
• The type of Ethernet switch/hub you’re using
• The number of files in each folder being backed up
• The types of files being backed up
• The number of other computers on your network connected to your Mirra
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It takes a while to back up your folders for the first time because all the files in all
your selected folders are being backed up at once. After the initial backup, keeping
backups up to date is not as time consuming because only a few files change at any
one time.
Opening Backups on your Mirra from the Finder
To go directly from the Finder to a backed up folder on your Mirra, even if the Mirra
application is not open,
Step 1:
Control-click the folder in the Finder.
The shortcut menu appears:
Figure 5~18 Shortcut Menu
Step 2:
Select View folder “Foldername” in Mirra.
If the Mirra application was not already open, it opens now and displays the
contents of the selected folder on the Backup & Restore screen.
Reading the Activity Log
You can use the Activity Log to verify that your files are being correctly backed up
or to ensure that a backup has completed before you shut down your computer. The
Activity Log tracks, among other things, the addition or removal of files from
backup and changes made to backed up files and folders and displays the 200
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most recent activities. The Status Bar reflects current actions documented in the
Activity Log.
To view your Activity Log,
Step 1:
Click the Activity Log tab.
The Activity Log opens:
Figure 5~19 Activity Log
Step 2:
Scroll through the Activity Log to see the 200 most recent actions
performed by your Mirra.
Accessing Backups from Other Computers
Connected to Your Mirra
Your Backup & Restore screen displays the backed up folders from all computers
connected to your Personal Server. You can access a folder backed up from
another computer and work with the files contained in it from this screen
• if the folder is not password protected.
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— OR —
• if the folder is password protected but its owner has given you the password.
If a folder is password protected and you don’t
have the password but its owner has shared the
folder with you, you can access it on the Sharing
screen (see Managing Shared Folders for
additional information).
To view a folder backed up to your Personal Server from another computer,
Step 1:
Click the Backup & Restore tab.
The Backup & Restore screen opens
Figure 5~20 Computers Backed Up to this Mirra
Step 2:
Under Backups, click the folder to be opened.
Step 3:
If the folder is yours, or if it is not password protected, its contents are
displayed.
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If an Access Password has been set, the Password Required window opens:
Figure 5~21 Access Password Window
• You’re asked to enter an access password for a password-protected
folder from another computer or user only the first time you access that
folder unless
the password changes
— you’re accessing a backup created after you entered the password
the first time
— this is the first time you’re accessing a backup from a different
computer
—
Step 4:
Enter the password and click OK.
Figure 5~22 Accessing Backups from Other Computers
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The files contained in the selected folder are displayed.
Copying Files from Another Computer
Connected to Your Mirra
If other computers have backed up folders to your Personal Server, you can copy
those folders or the files in them to your computer using either the Restore to this
Computer or the Save As menu option.
Copying a Folder from Another Computer
To copy a folder that’s been backed up to your Mirra by another computer,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be copied:
Figure 5~23 Backup & Restore Screen
Step 2:
On the Tasks menu, click either Restore to this Computer or Save As.
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• If the folder is not password protected, the Save Selected Folder As
window opens.
• If the folder is password protected, the Password Required window opens:
Figure 5~24 Password Required Window
Step 3:
Enter the Access Password and click OK.
Note: If you have not obtained the password from the owner of this folder, you cannot proceed.
The appropriate window opens:
Figure 5~25 Restore to this Computer and Save Selected Folder As Windows
Step 4:
Change the folder name if you wish, select the location at which you want
to save the folder, and click OK.
The folder is saved at the selected location.
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Copying a File from Another Computer
To copy a file from a folder that’s been backed up to your Mirra by another
computer,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the file to be copied:
Figure 5~26 Backup & Restore Screen
Step 2:
On the Tasks menu, click Save As.
The Save Selected File As window opens:
Figure 5~27 Save Selected File As Window
Step 3:
Change the File name if you wish, select the location at which you want to
save the file, and click OK.
The file is saved at the selected location.
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Restoring Folders After a Crash
If your computer crashes, you can restore your backed up folders from your
Personal Server to your recovered or new computer. When you install and set up the
Mirra software on the new computer and open the Backup & Restore screen, all
your backed up folders are listed as residing on your previous computer. Listed on
the Backup & Restore Tasks menu is the Restore to this computer option.
After you’ve restored your folders to your new computer, they exist on the new
computer as static copies and are no longer backed up to your Personal Server.
You must again select these folders for backup. After you’ve done so, two copies
of each folder reside on your Mirra. You can delete the old copies to avoid confusion
and redundancy.
Note: Verify that your folders have indeed been completely restored and backed up before
deleting the static copies.
To restore each backed up folder from your Mirra to a recovered or new computer,
Step 1:
Reinstall and set up the Mirra software on your recovered computer or on
a new computer.
Step 2:
On your desktop, open the Backup & Restore screen.
A list of your pre-crash backed up folders is displayed.
Step 3:
Select a folder and click Restore to this computer in the Backup & Restore
Tasks menu.
If the folder was password protected, the Password Required window
opens:
Figure 5~28 Password Required Window
Step 4:
Enter your Access Password and click OK.
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A Restore to this Computer window opens:
Figure 5~29 Restore to this Computer
Step 5:
Select a location for the folder, change the folder name if you wish, and click
OK.
The folder is restored at the selected location.
Step 6:
Repeat Steps 3 through 5 until all your folders have been restore on your
new computer.
Step 7:
Select the restored folders for backup (see Selecting Folders for Backup).
Step 8:
Once you confirm that each folder has been completely restored and
backed up, delete the static copy from the Mirra to avoid confusion and
redundancy.
Backup & Restore Tasks
Backing Up a New Folder
To select a folder for backup,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click New Backup.
The New Backup window opens.
Step 2:
Select the desired folder and click Back Up.
The Configure Backup window opens.
Step 3:
Click OK.
Selecting Recommended Backups
To select a folder for backup from the Recommended Backups window,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Recommended Backups.
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The New Backup window opens.
Step 2:
Select the folders you want to back up
A Configure Backup window opens for each folder.
Step 3:
Click OK in each Configure Backup window.
Removing a Folder from Backup
To stop backing up a folder,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be removed.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Remove Backup.
The Remove Backup confirmation window opens:
Figure 5~30 Remove Backup Confirmation
Step 3:
Click Remove to confirm the removal.
Once removed from backup, the files in this folder are deleted from the
Personal Server (but not, of course, from your computer). They can no
longer be restored nor are changes made to them reflected on the Mirra.
Saving a Folder
To save a folder,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be saved. You can hold
down the Command key to select multiple folders.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Save As.
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The Save Selected Folder window opens:
Figure 5~31 Save Selected Folder Window
Step 3:
Rename the folder if you wish and select the location at which you want it
saved.
Step 4:
Click OK.
The new copy of a folder is not automatically backed up unless you have
saved it within another folder already selected for backup.
Step 5:
Select the saved version for backup.
Saving a File
To save a file,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder containing the file to be
saved.
You see a list of the files contained in the folder.
Step 2:
Select the file to be saved. You can hold down the Command key to select
multiple files.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Save As.
The Save Selected File As window opens:
Figure 5~32 Save Selected File As Window
Step 4:
Rename the file to be saved if you wish and select the location at which you
want it saved.
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Step 5:
Click Save.
The file is saved at the selected location.
The new copy of a file is not automatically backed up unless you have saved
it within a folder already selected for backup.
Step 6:
Select the saved version for backup.
Saving a File Version
File versions are sorted in the order in which each version was created, with the
earliest version listed first. The date displayed for each version reflects the date
on which that version was modified according to your operating system’s time
stamp.
To save a version of a file,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the file to be saved.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click View Version History.
You see the version history for this file:
Figure 5~33 Version Tasks Screen
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Step 3:
Select the version of the file you want to save.
Step 4:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Save Selected Version As.
The Save selected version as window opens:
Figure 5~34 Save Selected Version As
Step 5:
Rename the file if you wish and select the location at which you want it
saved.
Step 6:
Click Save.
The file is saved at the selected location and now appears in both its
original and its new locations.
Undeleting a File or Folder
Backed up files and folders that have been deleted are stored indefinitely on your
Mirra and remains on the Backup & Restore list as a grayed-out entry with a line
drawn through it. You can undelete a file or folder and restore it to its original
location.
You cannot delete a file or folder from your
computer using the Mirra application. You must
make deletions in the original folder on your
computer.
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To undelete a file or folder on your Personal Server,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the file or folder to be undeleted.
You can hold down the Command key to select muiltiple files or folders:
Figure 5~35 Backup & Restore Screen with Deleted Folders
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, select Undelete Selected Items (or
Undelete Folder or Undelete File).
The files or folders are restored to their original locations on your computer
and are no longer marked as deleted on your Backup & Restore screen.
Restoring a Version of a File
Since Mirra stores the eight most recent versions of each file, you can restore an
earlier version to your computer.
File versions are sorted in the order in which each version was created, with the
earliest version listed first. The date displayed for each version reflects the date
on which that version was modified according to your operating system’s time
stamp.
Note: Before you can restore a version of a deleted file, you must undelete it.
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To restore an earlier version of a file,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the file to be restored.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click View Version History.
Up to eight versions of this file are displayed.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the file version to be restored.
Step 4:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Restore Selected Version.
The selected version of the file is restored to its original location on your
computer.
Restoring a Folder
From Another Computer Connected to your Mirra.
To copy to your computer a folder backed up from another computer connected to
your Mirra,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be copied.
Step 2:
On the Restore Tasks menu, click Restore to this computer.
The Browse for Location window opens.
Step 3:
Select the location at which you want to copy the folder.
Step 4:
Click OK.
From your Mirra After a Crash.
To restore each backed up folder from your Mirra to a recovered or new computer,
Step 1:
Reinstall and set up the Mirra software on your recovered computer or on
a new computer.
Step 2:
On your desktop, open the Backup & Restore screen.
A list of your pre-crash backed up folders is displayed.
Step 3:
Select a folder and click Restore to this computer in the Backup & Restore
Tasks menu.
Step 4:
If the folder was password protected, enter the password in the Password
Required window.
A Restore to this Computer window opens.
Step 5:
Select a location for the folder, change the folder name if you wish, and click
OK.
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The folder is restored at the selected location.
Step 6:
Repeat Steps 3 through 5 until all your folders have been restore on your
new computer.
Step 7:
Select the restored folders for backup (see Selecting Folders for Backup).
Step 8:
Once you confirm that each folder has been completely restored and
backed up, delete the static copy from the Mirra to avoid confusion and
redundancy.
Stopping a Restore
To stop restoring a folder,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder being restored.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Stop Restoring.
Opening a Folder
To open a folder in the Mirra application and access the subfolders and files stored
in it,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be opened.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Open.
A list of the sub-folders and files contained in the folder is displayed.
Opening a Folder in Finder
Copies of a backed up folder reside on both your computer and your Personal
Server. If you have the Mirra application open on your computer, you can use it to
open the folder in Finder so you can access the files stored in it.
To open a folder in Finder through the Mirra application,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be opened in Finder.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Open in Finder.
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You see the contents of the folder in the Finder:
Figure 5~36 Backed Up Folder Opened in the Finder
Opening a File in Finder
If you have the Mirra application open on your computer, you can use it to open a
file in Finder so you can work on it in its original application (i.e. a Word document
opens in Microsoft Word™).
To open a file in Finder through the Mirra application,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, double-click the folder containing the file.
Step 2:
Select the file.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Open in Finder.
Revealing a File or Folder in Finder
Revealing a file or folder in Finder shows you the location of the item in Finder but
does not allow you to open the item.
To open or reveal a file or folder in Finder,
Step 1:
Select the file or folder in the right side of the Backup & Restore screen.
You can hold down the Command key to select multiple files or folders.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, select Reveal in Finder.
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Sharing a Folder via the Web
To share a folder via the web,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Share via the Web.
The Share via the Web window opens.
Step 2:
Select the folder to be shared, the recipients, and the folder permissions.
Step 3:
Click OK.
See Using the Share a Folder Window, for detailed instructions.
Sharing a Folder via the Local Network
To share a folder via the local network,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Share via the Local Network.
The Share via the Local Network window opens.
Step 2:
Select the folder to be shared, the recipients, and the folder permissions.
Step 3:
Click OK.
See Using the Share a Folder Window, for detailed instructions.
Viewing Previous Versions of a File
Mirra tracks any changes you make to the files in a backed up folder and saves the
eight most recent versions of each file. File versions are sorted in the order in which
each version was created, with the earliest version listed first. The date displayed
for each version reflects the date on which that version was modified according to
your operating system’s time stamp.
To view previous versions of a file,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, click the folder that contains the file.
Step 2:
Select the desired file.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click View Version History.
The eight most recent versions of this file are displayed.
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Purging Files and Folders from your Personal Server
Purging Deleted Files from a Folder. Use the Purge feature to free up space on your
Personal Server by permanently erasing deleted files. You can purge all deleted files
from a folder at one time or you can purge them individually.
To purge all deleted files from a folder at one time,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be purged.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Purge > Purge Deleted Files
from Folder.
All previously deleted files are permanently removed from the folder and can
no longer be undeleted and restored.
To purge a specific deleted file,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, double-click the folder containing the
deleted file.
You see a list of the files contained in the folder.
Step 2:
Select the deleted file to be purged.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Purge > Purge deleted file.
The deleted file is permanently removed from the folder and can no longer
be undeleted and restored.
Purging Old Files Versions from a Folder. Use the Purge feature to free up space on
your Personal Server by permanently erasing old versions of files. You can purge all
previous versions of a file from a folder at one time or you can purge them
individually.
To purge all previous versions of all the files in a folder at one time,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the folder to be purged.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Purge > Purge Old File Versions
from Folder.
All previous versions of all the files in this folder are permanently removed
from the folder; only the most recent version of each file remains.
To purge all previous versions of a specific file from a folder,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, double-click the folder containing the file.
You see a list of the files contained in the folder.
Step 2:
Select the file for which you want to purge old versions.
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Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Purge > Purge Old Versions of
File.
All previous versions of this file are permanently removed from the folder;
only the most recent version remains.
Purging a Deleted Folder. Use the Purge feature to free up space on your Personal
Server by permanently erasing deleted folders.
To purge a deleted folder,
Step 1:
On the Backup & Restore screen, select the deleted folder to be purged.
Step 2:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Purge > Purge Deleted Folder.
The folder is permanently removed from the Mirra.
Notes on Backing Up and Restoring Files and
Folders
• If you interrupt the backup of your files by turning off your computer or
disconnecting from your network, Mirra remembers where you left off and
picks up from there when you turn your computer back on or reconnect to
your network.
• Laptop users: Even when you disconnect your computer from the network,
the Mirra software continues to track changes and automatically
synchronizes the most recent version of each of your files to your Personal
Server when you reconnect to the network.
• Mirra backs up files even when the Mirra application is not open on your
desktop.
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Chapter 6: Sharing Folders
Mirra’s Sharing feature allows you to share the files stored in backed up folders
both via the web at www.mirra.com and locally with other computers connected to
your Personal Server. You do this by granting people access to specified folders
stored on your Personal Server so they can view, download, edit, and save changes
to the files stored in them.
The Sharing screen displays information about folders you’re sharing with others
and folders others have shared with you via the local network:
Figure 6~1 Sharing Screen
Note: Folders shared with you via the web do not appear on the Sharing screen since they can
be accessed only via the web.
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Displaying the Sharing Tasks Menu
You can display the Sharing Tasks menu in two ways:
• Click Tasks on the menu bar of the Sharing screen:
Figure 6~2 Sharing Tasks Menu from the Menu Bar
— OR —
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• Click the Tasks button on the Sharing screen:
Figure 6~3 Tasks Button
Using the Sharing Screen
The Sharing screen provides detailed information about folders you’re sharing with
others and folders others have shared with you via the local network.
In the Shared Folders pane:
• Name of the person and the computer that created the shared folder
• Folder name
• Folder size
• Name of the enclosing folder, if any
• Date folder was last modified
• Name of the person you’re sharing the folder with or the person who has
shared the folder with you
• Synchronized path if a folder has been sync’d
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In the Contents pane on the right
• File name
• File size
• Date file was last modified
• File type (i.e. .doc, .jpeg)
Figure 6~4 Sharing Screen
You can share backed up folders in two ways:
1. Via the web through a free, password-protected account at www.mirra.com.
2. Locally with any computer connected to your Mirra.
Once you share a folder, any new files you add to that folder are automatically
shared as well.
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Sharing via the Web
You use the Share via the Web window to select a folder to be shared, identify the
people with whom to share it, regulate how the shared folder may be used, and send
an email message to the people with whom you’re sharing:
Figure 6~5 Share via the Web
Opening the Share via the Web Window
You can open the Share via the Web window in three ways:
1. From the Sharing screen.
2. From the Backup and Restore screen.
3. From the Finder.
From the Sharing Screen
To open the Share via the Web window from the Sharing screen,
Step 1:
Click the Sharing tab.
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The Sharing screen opens:
Figure 6~6 Sharing Screen - No Shares
Sharing Screen - Populated
If you have not yet shared any folders, the Sharing screen is empty. If you’ve
previously shared folders or have had folders shared with you, they’re listed
here.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Share via the Web.
Figure 6~7 Share via the Web
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The Share via the Web window opens:
Figure 6~8 Share via the Web
From the Backup & Restore Screen
To open the Share via the Web window from the Backup and Restore screen,
Step 1:
Click the Backup & Restore tab.
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The Backup & Restore screen opens:
Figure 6~9 Backup and Restore Screen
Step 2:
Select a folder to share from the list of backed up folders.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Share via the Web.
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The Share via the Web window opens with the name of the folder to be
shared already entered:
Figure 6~10 Share via the Web (Folder Name Entered)
From the Finder
To open the Share via the Web window from the Finder,
Step 1:
Control-click a backed up folder.
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The shortcut menu appears:
Figure 6~11 Shortcut Menu
Step 2:
From the shortcut menu, choose Share Folder “foldername” via the Web.
If the folder has not already been backed up, Share
Folder “foldername” via the Web is disabled on the
menu. Use the Add Folder “foldername” to Mirra
Backups option to select the folder for backup.
Once you’ve completed the backup process,
Control-click on the folder again to share it.
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The Share via the Web window opens with the name of the folder to be
shared already entered:
Figure 6~12 Share via the Web (Folder Name Entered)
Using the Share via the Web Window
Selecting a Folder to Share
Figure 6~13 Folder to Share
If you’ve opened the Share via the Web window from the Backup & Restore screen or
by Control-clicking on the folder in the Finder, the name of the folder to be shared
is already displayed in the Folder to share field.
If you’ve opened the window from any other Mirra screen, you must browse to the
folder and select it.
To select a folder to share,
Step 1:
Click Browse next to Folder to share
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The Browse for Folder window opens:
Figure 6~14 Browse for Folder Window
Listed are all the folders backed up on your Personal Server.
Step 2:
Select the folder to be shared and click OK.
The name of the selected folder appears in the Folder to share field.
Selecting Recipients to Share With
Figure 6~15 Recipients to Share With
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The people with whom you share via the web are notified of the Share by email and
are provided with a link to the Mirra web site, where they can quickly set up a free
Mirra Web Account that allows them to access your folder.
Entering Addresses with the Apple Address Book
If you use Apple’s Address Book, you can use it to enter email addresses in the
Recipients to share with field:
Step 1:
In the Share via the Web window, click the Address Book icon.
Address Book opens:
Figure 6~16 Apple Address Book
Step 2:
Select the people with whom you want to share this folder and click OK.
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The names appear in the Recipients to share with field of the Share via the
Web window.
Figure 6~17 Share via the Web Window with Addresses
Typing Email Addresses
To type in the email addresses of people with whom you want to share a folder,
Step 1:
Type an email address (one address per line).
Step 2:
Press Return.
Continue to enter email addresses until you’ve added everyone with whom
you want to share the folder.
Figure 6~18
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Setting Folder Permissions
Use the Allow recipients to area to set the permissions attached to the folder
you’re sharing:
• Write to folder: Recipients may download, edit.
upload, and add files to or delete files from the
shared folder.
• Download images: Recipients may download fullsize images.
If you don’t give the people with whom you’re sharing this folder permission to download full-size
images, they won’t be able to download the folder
or any folders contained within it, even if none of
the folders contains images.
Sending a Message to Recipients
Mirra sends people with whom you’re sharing a folder via the web an email with a link
to the Mirra web site. You can change the default message in that email:
Figure 6~19 Message to recipients
• Leave the default message as it is or replace it with your own message.
Completing the Share
Step 1:
Review the information you’ve provided in the Share via the Web window.
Step 2:
Click Share to complete the folder share.
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The people with whom you’re sharing a folder via the web receive an email
containing your message and a link to the Mirra web site:
Figure 6~20 Share a Folder Email
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Sharing via the Local Network
You use the Share via the Local Network window to select a folder to be shared,
identify the people connected to your Mirra with whom to share it, and regulate how
the shared folder may be used:
Figure 6~21 Share via the Local Network
People with whom you share on your local network receive alerts on their Status
screens informing them of your shared folder.
When you share a folder with others connected to your Mirra, they can access it on
your Personal Server and download the files stored in it to their local computers.
Opening the Share via the Local Network Window
You can open the Share via the Local Network window in three ways:
1.
From the Sharing screen.
2.
From the Backup and Restore screen.
3.
From the Finder
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From the Sharing Screen
To access the Share via the Local Network window from the Sharing screen,
Step 1:
Click the Sharing tab.
The Sharing screen opens:
Figure 6~22 Sharing Screen - No Shares
Sharing Screen - Populated
If you have not yet shared any folders, the Sharing screen is empty. If you
have previously shared folders or have had folders shared with you, they’re
listed here.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Share via the Local Network.
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The Share via the Local Network window opens:
Figure 6~23 Share via the Local Network
From the Backup & Restore Screen
To access the Share via the Local Network window from the Backup & Restore
screen,
Step 1:
Click the Backup & Restore tab.
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The Backup & Restore screen opens:
Figure 6~24 Backup and Restore Screen
Step 2:
Select a backed up folder to share.
Step 3:
On the Backup & Restore Tasks menu, click Share via the Local Network.
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The Share via the Local Network window opens with the name of the folder
to share already entered:
Figure 6~25 Share via the Local Network (Folder Name Entered)
From the Finder
To access the Share via the Local Network window from the Finder,
Step 1:
Control-click on a backed up folder.
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The shortcut menu appears:
Figure 6~26 Windows Dropdown Menu
Step 2:
From the dropdown menu, select Share Folder “foldername” via the Local
Network.
If the folder has not already been backed up, Share
Folder “foldername” via the Web is disabled on the
menu. Use the Add Folder “foldername” to Mirra
Backups option to select the folder for backup.
Once you’ve completed the backup process,
Control-click on the folder again to share it.
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The Share via the Local Network window opens with the name of the folder
to share already entered:
Figure 6~27 Share via the Local Network (Folder Name Entered)
Using the Share via the Local Network Window
Selecting a Folder to Share
If you’ve opened the Share via the Local Network window from the Backup & Restore
screen or by control-clicking on the folder on your computer, the name of the folder
to be shared is already displayed in the Folder to share field.
If you’ve opened the window from any other Mirra screen, you must browse to the
folder and select it.
To select a folder to be shared,
Step 1:
Click Browse next to Folder to share:
Figure 6~28 Browse for Folder to Share
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The Browse for Folder window opens:
Figure 6~29 Browse for Folder Window
Listed are all the folders backed up on your Personal Server.
Step 2:
Select the folder to be shared and click OK.
The name of the selected folder appears in the Folder to share field.
Selecting Recipients on the Local Network
The Share via the Local Network window displays all the computers connected to
your Personal Server and lists the users on each computer.
To select Share recipients,
• Select recipients from the list displayed
beneath Recipients to share with:
– To share with all users on a computer,
select the computer.
– To share with specific users on a
computer, display the list of users and
select those with whom you wish to
share.
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Setting Folder Permissions
Use the Allow recipients to area to set the permissions attached to the folder
you’re sharing:
• Write to folder: Recipients may download, edit. upload,
and add files to or delete files from the shared folder.
• Download images: Recipients may access this folder on
the Mirra web site and download full-size images.
Completing the Share
Step 1:
Review the information you’ve provided in the Share via the Local Network
window.
Step 2:
Click Share to complete the folder share.
Synchronizing Folders
Once someone connected to your Personal Server has shared a folder with you, the
Synchronize feature allows you to keep a synchronized copy of the folder on your
own computer. Synchronizing a folder establishes a link between the copy on your
computer and the copy stored on the Personal Server. If this folder has been
shared with other computers connected to your Personal Server and they have
also established a link to it, all copies are kept synchronized through the Personal
Server. This allows people to work on the same folder, each on his or her own
computer.
For example, suppose that Computers 1, 2, and 3 are all synchronized to Folder A
on a Personal Server. Changes made on Computer 1 to a file in that folder are
automatically reflected in the copy of that file on the Personal Server and then, in
turn, in the copy on Computers 2 and 3.
Synchronizing Versions
Mirra saves up to eight versions of a file to protect against permanent loss of
data. However, Mirra does not provide version control. It creates versions on a
first-come-first-served basis and orders them according to when they were backed
up and not when they were actually edited. So when two or more people are working
concurrently on a file in a synchronized folder, the copy most recently backed up to
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the Mirra appears as the most recent version even if it doesn’t contain the most
recent edits.
It’s possible (but unlikely) that the copy of the file on your computer containing your
more recent edits may be overwritten by another person's edits. As a result,
changes you made to the file may exist only in a previous version of the file no longer
present on your computer, but still residing on the Mirra. Since Mirra saves up to
eight versions of a synchronized file, you can retrieve an overwritten version.
Working with Synchronized Folders
Once a folder has been synchronized with other computers, the treatment of the
copy of the folder on any of the synchronized computers affects the copies residing
on everyone’s computers:
• If a synchronized folder is deleted, its name is changed, or it’s moved to
another location on any computer synchronizing the folder, the files
contained in that folder disappear from the Mirra and from the others’
computers. However, the folder itself (now empty) remains on the other
computers. If anyone now adds files or folders to that sync’d folder, they
appear on everyone’s computers.
• If a folder containing sub-folders is created on computer A, shared and
synchronized on computer B, and then deleted on computer B, the folder still
resides on computer A and contains the original sub-folders, but they’re now
empty. If a file is added to the folder on computer A, the folder is re-created
on computer B and contains the new file but no sub-folders.
To synchronize a folder that’s been shared with you,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, select Synchronize to this Computer.
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A Synchronize to this Computer window explains what happens when you
synchronize a folder to your computer:
Figure 6~30 Synchronize to this Computer
Step 3:
Click OK.
The Synchronize to window opens:
Figure 6~31 Synchronize to
Step 4:
Select the location on your computer at which you want to place the
synchronized folder.
Step 5:
Click OK.
The folder appears at the selected location on your computer.
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Stopping Synchronization
If you no longer want the changes you make to your copy of a folder to be reflected
in the copy backed up on the Personal Server, you must stop the synchronization
to break the link between the folder on your computer and the folder on the
Personal Server.
To stop the synchronization,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, select Stop Synchronization.
The folder on your computer is no longer linked to the copy stored on the
Personal Server and is no longer backed up. However, the copy on your
computer still exists and is accessible unless you delete it from your
computer.
Sharing Tasks
Sharing a Folder via the Web
To share a folder via the web,
Step 1:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Share via the Web.
The Share via the Web window opens.
Step 2:
Select the folder to be shared, the recipients, and the folder permissions.
Step 3:
Click OK.
See Using the Share a Folder Window, for detailed instructions.
Sharing a Folder via the Local Network
To share a folder via the local network,
Step 1:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Share via the Local Network.
The Share via the Local Network window opens.
Step 2:
Select the folder to be shared, the recipients, and the folder permissions.
Step 3:
Click OK.
See Using the Share a Folder Window, for detailed instructions.
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Opening a Folder
To open a folder,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder to be opened.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Open.
Opening or Revealing a File or Folder in Finder
Opening a file or folder in Finder is the equivalent of double-clicking the item in
Finder to open it.
Revealing a file or folder in Finder shows you the location of the item in Finder but
does not allow you to open the item.
To open or reveal a file or folder in Finder,
Step 1:
Select the file or folder in the right side of the Sharing screen. You can hold
down the Command key to select multiple files or folders.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, select Open in Finder or Reveal in Finder.
Stopping a Share
To stop sharing a folder,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the desired folder.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Stop Sharing this folder.
The Stop Sharing Folder confirmation window opens:
Figure 6~32 Stop Sharing Folder Confirmation
Step 3:
Click Yes.
Step 4:
The folder is removed from the list on the Sharing screen and can no longer
be accessed by anyone with whom you previously shared it.
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Synchronizing Folders
To synchronize a folder that’s been shared with you,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, select Synchronize to this computer.
A Synchronize to this Computer window explains what happens when you
synchronize a folder to your computer:
Figure 6~33 Synchronize to this Computer
Step 3:
Click OK.
The Browse for Location window opens:
Step 4:
Select the location on your computer at which you want to place the
synchronized folder.
Step 5:
Click OK.
The folder appears at the selected location on your computer.
Stopping Synchronization
To stop a synchronization,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, select Stop synchronization.
The folder on your computer is no longer linked to the copy stored on the
Personal Server and is no longer backed up.
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Changing Web Shares
To add or remove people from the list of recipients via the web or change the
permissions you assigned to a folder,
Step 1:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Change Who Shares via the Web.
Figure 6~34 Sharing Tasks Menu
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The Share via the Web window opens:
Figure 6~35 Share via the Web
Displayed are the people with whom this folder is being shared and the
permissions you’ve set for this folder.
Step 2:
To remove a name from the list of recipients to share with, click the box
preceding the name to deselect it.
Step 3:
To add a name to the list of recipients to share with, add the name from
your Address Book or enter it in the field beneath By email address.
Step 4:
Make the desired changes to the permissions listed below Allow recipients
to.
Step 5:
If you’ve added a recipient, you can edit the Message to recipients.
People added to your Recipients list (and only those people) receive a Share
notification email. If you’ve removed people from your Share list, they can
no longer access the folder.
Step 6:
Click OK.
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Changing Local Network Shares
To add or remove people from the list of recipients on your local network or change
the permissions you assigned to a folder,
Step 1:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Change Who Shares via the Local Network:
Figure 6~36 Sharing Tasks Menu
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The Share via the Local Network window opens:
Figure 6~37 Share via the Local Network
Displayed are the computers and/or the users with whom this folder is
being shared and the permissions you’ve set for this folder.
Step 2:
To remove a name from the list of recipients to share with, click the box
preceding the name to deselect it.
Step 3:
To add a name to the list of recipients to share with, click the box preceding
the name to select it
Step 4:
Make the desired changes to the permissions listed below Allow recipients
to.
Step 5:
Click OK.
Saving a Folder
To save a folder,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder to be saved. You can hold down the
Command key to select multiple folders.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Save As.
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The Save Selected Folder As window opens:
Figure 6~38 Save Selected Folder As Window
Step 3:
Rename the folder if you wish and select the location at which you want it
saved.
Step 4:
Click OK.
The folder is saved at the selected location.
The new copy of a folder is not automatically backed up unless you have
saved it within another folder already selected for backup.
Step 5:
Select the saved version for backup.
Saving a File
To save a file,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder containing the file to be saved.
You see a list of the files contained in the folder.
Step 2:
Select the file to be saved. You can hold down the Command key to select
multiple files.
Step 3:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Save As.
The Save Selected File As window opens:
Figure 6~39 Save Selected File As Window
Step 4:
Rename the file to be saved if you wish and select the location at which you
want it saved.
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Step 5:
Click Save.
The file is saved at the selected location.
The new copy of a file is not automatically backed up unless you have saved
it within a folder already selected for backup.
Step 6:
Bck up the saved version.
Saving a File Version
File versions are sorted in the order in which each version was created, with the
earliest version listed first. The date displayed for each version reflects the date
on which that version was modified according to your operating system’s time
stamp.
To save a version of a file,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the file to be saved.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click View Version History.
You see the version history for this file:
Figure 6~40 Version Tasks Screen
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Step 3:
Select the version of the file you want to save.
Step 4:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Save Selected Version As.
The Save selected version as window opens:
Figure 6~41 Save Selected Version As
Step 5:
Rename the file if you wish and select the location at which you want it
saved.
Step 6:
Click Save.
The file is saved at the selected location and now appears in both its
original and its new locations.
Undeleting a File or Folder
Backed up files and folders that have been deleted are stored indefinitely on your
Mirra and remains on the Sharing list as a grayed-out entry with a line drawn
through it. You can undelete a file or folder and restore it to its original location.
You cannot delete a file or folder from your
computer using the Mirra application. You must
make deletions in the original folder on your
computer.
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To undelete a file or folder on your Personal Server,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the file or folder to be undeleted. You can hold
down the Command key to select muiltiple files or folders:
Figure 6~42 Sharing Screen with Deleted Folders
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, select Undelete Selected Items (or Undelete
Folder or Undelete File).
The files or folders are restored to their original locations on your computer
and are no longer marked as deleted on your Sharing screen.
Restoring a Version of a File
Since Mirra stores the eight most recent versions of each file, you can restore an
earlier version to your computer.
File versions are sorted in the order in which each version was created, with the
earliest version listed first. The date displayed for each version reflects the date
on which that version was modified according to your operating system’s time
stamp.
Note: Before you can restore a version of a deleted file, you must undelete it.
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To restore an earlier version of a file,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the file to be restored.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click View Version History.
Up to eight versions of this file are displayed.
Step 3:
On the Sharing screen, select the file version to be restored.
Step 4:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Restore Selected Version.
The selected version of the file is restored to its original location on your
computer.
Stopping a Restore
To stop restoring a folder,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, select the folder being restored.
Step 2:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click Stop Restoring.
Viewing Previous Versions of a File
Mirra tracks any changes you make to the files in a backed up folder and saves the
eight most recent versions of each file. File versions are sorted in the order in which
each version was created, with the earliest version listed first. The date displayed
for each version reflects the date on which that version was modified according to
your operating system’s time stamp.
To view previous versions of a file,
Step 1:
On the Sharing screen, click the folder that contains the file.
Step 2:
Select the desired file.
Step 3:
On the Sharing Tasks menu, click View Version History.
The eight most recent versions of this file are displayed.
Notes on Sharing Folders
• You can share entire folders or you can share sub-folders.
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• Once you share a folder, any new files you add to it are automatically shared
as well. Even if you turn off your PC and take it off the network, your Mirra
continues to share those photos and files over your broadband connection.
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Chapter 7: Setting Up Web Access
The Web Access screen provides information about your Web Account and lists the
backed up folders that can be enabled for web access:
Figure 7~1 Web Access Screen
Once you’ve created a Mirra Web Account and have enabled your backed up folders
for web access, you can view, download, edit, and upload the files stored in them
from any computer connected to the Internet by signing in at www.mirra.com.
Displaying the Web Access Tasks Menu
You can display the Web Access Tasks menu in two ways:
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• Click Tasks on the menu bar of the Web Access screen:
Figure 7~2 Web Access Tasks Menu from the Menu Bar
— OR —
• Click the Tasks button on the Web Access screen:
Figure 7~3 Tasks Button
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Creating a Mirra Web Account
You must create a Mirra Web Account at www.mirra.com before you can use the
Web Access feature. If you did not create a Web Account during the Mirra software
Setup, this is reflected in the Web Account Information area of the Web Access
screen:
Figure 7~4 Web Access Screen - No Mirra Web Account
To create a Mirra Web Account,
Step 1:
Click the Web Access tab.
The Web Access screen opens.
Step 2:
In the Web Account Information area, click Change/Create next to Account.
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The Create a Mirra Web Account window opens:
Figure 7~5 Create a Mirra Web Account
Step 3:
Enter your email address and click OK.
Step 4:
Check your email. Usually after a few minutes, you receive a message from
Mirra resembling the message shown below with a link to the Mirra web site:
Figure 7~6 Create Account Email
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If you don’t receive an email, check your Spam
folder to be sure your Mirra email has not mistakenly been identified as spam. If the email isn’t
there, contact Mirra Technical Support at http://
support. mirra.com.
Step 5:
Click the link in your email.
You’re taken to the Create Account page on the Mirra web site, where your
email address is already entered:
Figure 7~7 Web Site Create Account Page
Step 6:
Enter a name and enter and confirm a password of your choosing.
Step 7:
Click Create Account.
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The Mirra Thank You page opens:
Figure 7~8 Thank You Page
Enabling Folders for Web Access
You can automatically enable or disable all backed up folders for web access or you
can enable or disable folders on an individual basis.
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To set your preference for enabling folders for web access,
Step 1:
Display the Web Access Tasks menu:
Figure 7~9 Web Access Tasks Menu
Step 2:
Make the desired selection:
• Enable Access: Enable a currently disabled folder for web access.
• Disable Access: Disable a currently enabled folder for web access.
• Enable All: Enable all folders not currently enabled for web access.
• Disable All: Disable all folders that are currently enabled for web access.
• Auto-enable Web Access for New Backups: Automatically enable folders for web
access at the time they’re selected for backup.
• Disable Web Access for New Backups: Automatically disable folders for web
access at the time they’re selected for backup.
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Web Access Tasks
Troubleshooting a Web Access Connection
To open online Help when troubleshooting connection problems,
• On the Web Access Tasks menu, select Troubleshoot Web Access Connection.
Your browser opens and points to the appropriate Help item at http://
www.mirra.com/help/2.2Mac/index.html#connectionDown.
Enabling a Folder for Web Access
To enable a folder currently disabled for web access,
Step 1:
On the Web Access screen, select the folder to be enabled.
Step 2:
On the Web Access Tasks menu, select Enable folder.
Enabled appears in the Web Access column next to the selected folder.
Disabling a Folder for Web Access
To disable a folder currently enabled for web access,
Step 1:
On the Web Access screen, select the folder to be disabled.
Step 2:
On the Web Access Tasks menu, select Disable folder.
Disabled appears in the Web Access column next to the selected folder.
Enabling All Folders for Web Access
To enable all folders not currently enabled for web access,
• On the Web Access Tasks menu, click Enable all.
Enabled appears in the Web Access column next to each folder.
Disabling All Folders for Web Access
To disable all folders that are currently enabled for web access,
• On the Web Access Tasks menu, click Disable all.
Disabled appears in the Web Access column next to each folder.
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Auto-enabling Web Access for New Backups
To automatically enable folders for web access at the time they’re selected for
backup,
• On the Web Access Tasks menu, select Auto-enable Web Access for New
Backups.
Disabling Web Access for New Backups
To automatically disable folders for web access at the time they’re selected for
backup,
• On the Web Access Tasks menu, select Disable Web Access for New Backups.
Notes on Accessing Files on the Web
• Files can be accessed on the web even if your computer is turned off as long
as your Personal Server is on.
• Files downloaded to a remote computer now reside on that computer. If you
don’t want the files to remain on that computer (for example, if you’re using
a public computer at an Internet cafe), be sure to delete the downloaded files
and empty the Recycle Bin before you log off.
• If there‘s a poor connection, it may take several seconds for the remote
computer to connect to your Personal Server.
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Chapter 8: Reading the Activity Log
The Activity Log tracks activity as it occurs on your Personal Server and displays
the 200 most recent actions performed by the Mirra as you work:
Figure 8~1 Activity Log
The Activity Log documents the actions performed by your Mirra:
• The addition or removal of files from backup, sharing, or web access
• Changes to backed up or shared files and folders
• Mirra file syncs
• Mirra file scans
• File uploads and downloads
• Folder restores
• Undeletes
• Warnings and error messages
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Actions documented in the Activity Log are reflected in the Status Bar.
Displaying the Activity Log Tasks Menu
You can display the Activity Log Tasks menu in two ways:
• Click Tasks on the menu bar of the Activity Log screen:
Figure 8~2 Activity Log Tasks Menu from the Menu Bar
— OR —
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• Click the Tasks button on the Activity Log screen:
Figure 8~3 Tasks Button
To view the Activity Log,
• Click the Activity Log tab.
The Activity Log opens. Listed are the 200 most recent events logged by
Mirra, with the activity, status, file path, date, and time of each event.
To clear the Activity Log,
• Select Clear Activity List on the Activity Log Tasks menu.
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Chapter 9: Managing Your Mirra
Checking the Backup Status of all Computers
To review the status of all computers connected to your Personal Server,
Step 1:
Sign in at the Mirra web site at www.mirra.com.
You see the Mirra Backups page:
Figure 9~1 Mirra Web Site
Step 2:
Click Details.
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The Mirra Details page displays the current status of all computers backed
up to your Personal Server:
Figure 9~2 Mirra Details Page
Turning Off your Personal Server
Since your Personal Server continuously backs up your computer and must be
turned on in order for you to access folders remotely, you should leave it on all the
time. However, if you need to move your Personal Server, you must first turn it off.
To turn off your Mirra,
Step 1:
Press the power button on the front panel quickly once and release it. DO
NOT HOLD DOWN THE POWER BUTTON.
The amber status light to the left of the power button blinks while your
Personal Server is shutting down. This takes approximately 30 to 60
seconds. When both LED lights have turned off, it’s safe to proceed.
Step 2:
Remove the cables from the rear of the Personal Server.
You must wait until your Personal Server is completely shut down before
disconnecting power. If you disconnect power while it’s running or while it’s in the
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process of shutting down, your backed up files can become corrupted. Wait until
both lights beside the power button are off before disconnecting power.
Returning to Factory Defaults
Caution: Read the follows instructions carefully before you begin your factory
reset.
To erase the contents of your Personal Server and return all settings to the
factory defaults,
Step 1:
If possible, use your Mirra desktop application to remove all backups from
your Personal Server.
Step 2:
Run the Mirra Uninstaller, found in your Applications folder (or wherever you
installed it).
Step 3:
Delete the folder /Library/Application Support/Mirra.
Step 4:
Go to <Current User Home Folder>/Library/Application Support/Mirra and
move the Mirra folder to the Trash.
Step 5:
Press the power button in the following sequence while your Personal Server
is running:
Press the power button three (3) times in quick succession.
Although a beep follows each button press, the beeps usually occur more
slowly than the button presses. Do not slow down your button presses to
wait for the beeps. Press the button rapidly 3 times.
(b) After you’ve pressed the button for the third time, wait 10 to 15 seconds
until the Personal Server beeps quickly 3 times in succession and the
amber light flashes 3 times.
(a)
(c)
Again press the power button 3 times.
When the amber light shines steadily and the startup tone sounds, your
Personal Server settings have been returned to the factory defaults.
Note: If you make a mistake at any point in this sequence, simply wait two minutes and begin
again.
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Changing a Mirra Web Account
To change the Web Account associated with your Personal Server,
Step 1:
In the Web Account Information area of the Web Access screen, click
Change/Create Account:
Figure 9~3 Change/Create Account
The Create a Mirra Web Account window opens.
Figure 9~4 Create a Mirra Web Account Window
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Step 2:
Enter the email address of the new account and click OK.
Shortly you’ll receive a confirmation email and an opportunity to verify or
create your password for the new account.
Troubleshooting
If you encounter problems while setting up or using your Personal Server, read
through this Manual for possible solutions. In addition, check the Mirra web site for
help at http://www.mirra.com/support/.
Technical Support
Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.mirra.com/
support/index.html before contacting Mirra Technical Support. You can also
access our Mirra Help & Tech Support web page by selecting Help > Online Help in
the menu bar of your desktop Mirra application.
Telephone Support
Telephone support is available free of charge for the initial setup of your newly
purchased Personal Server. Click the Support tab at www.mirra.com for phone
numbers and hours of operation. Have the serial number of your Mirra and your
license key ready.
Online Support
Once you’ve completed your initial setup, you can receive additional Technical
Support on line by submitting an Online Case Form at http://www.mirra.com/
support/submit_case.html.
MirraGuard Data Guarantee
If one of your computer hard drives fails, all data backed up on your Mirra Sync and
Share Personal Server will be restored. Seagate will assist you in the restoration
and, if necessary, Seagate’s Data Recovery Service will commit up to $1,000 to
recover and restore your data. Details can be found on line at www.seagate.com.
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Index
A
Access Password 19, 73
Access Password for a password-protected folder from another computer or user 73
Accessing Backups from Other Computers on your Mirra 71
Accessing the Mirra Screens 42
Activity Log 70
Adjusting Network Settings 36
Administrator Privileges 8
Advanced Network Settings 37
Manual Addressing 37
Apple Airport Express 4
Apple Airport Extreme 3
B
Backing Up & Restoring Folders 54
Checking Backup Status 69
Displaying the Backup & Restore Tasks Menu 58
Files Mirra Does Not Back Up 54
Folder-naming Issues 55
Selecting Folders for Backup 59
Using the Backup & Restore Screen 56
Backing Up to Multiple Mirras 42
Backing Up your Home Folder 65
Backup & Restore Tasks 78
Backing Up a New Folder 78
Opening a File in the Finder 86
Opening a Folder 85
Opening a Folder in the Finder 85
Purging Files and Folders 88
Removing a Folder from Backup 79
Restoring a Folder to this Computer 84
Restoring a Version of a File 83, 127
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Saving a File 80, 124
Saving a File Version 81, 125
Saving a Folder 79, 123
Selecting a Recommended Backup 78
Sharing a Folder via the Local Network 87
Sharing a Folder via the Web 87
Stop Restoring 85, 128
Undeleting a File or Folder 82, 126
Viewing Previous Versions of a File 87, 128
Backup Status 142
C
Changing a Mirra Account 145
Changing Your Email Address 32
Checking Backup Status
Verifying a Backup 69
Checking Backup Status on your Computer 69
Components 1
Connecting Screen 24
Connecting the Components 3
Connecting your Mirra to a Power Source 6
Connecting your Mirra to your Macintosh 4
Using a Router 3
Connecting your Mirra to your Macintosh
Setting Up a Single Computer 4
Setting Up Multiple Computers 5
Copying a File from Another Computer 76
Copying a Folder from Another Computer 74
Copying Files and Folders from Another Computer Connected to Your Mirra
Copying a File from Another Computer 76
Copying a Folder from Another Computer 74
Copying Folders from Another Computer on your Network 74
Creating a Mirra Web Account 26, 132
Creating a New Web Account 25
Creating a Web Account
If You Don’t Receive an Email 26
D
Displaying the Backup & Restore Tasks Menu 58
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Displaying the Sharing Tasks Menu 91
Displaying the Status Tasks Menu 46
Displaying the Web Access Tasks Menu 130, 140
E
Enabling Folders for Web Access 135
Excluding Folders after the Initial Backup 67
Excluding Folders during Initial Backup 66
F
File Versions 81, 83, 87, 125, 127, 128
Files Mirra Does Not Back Up 54
Folder Permissions 104, 114
Folder-naming Issues 55
Changing a Folder Name 55
Giving a file the same name as a deleted folder 55
I
Installing the Mirra Software 8
L
Local Network
Accessing Backups from Computers on your Local Network 71
Stopping Synchronization 119
M
Mac OSX Fast User Switching 41
Managing Your Personal Server 142
Changing a Mirra Web Account 145
Checking Backup Status of all Computers 142
Returning to Factory Defaults 144
Technical Support 146
Troubleshooting 146
Turning Off your Personal Server 143
Manual Addressing 37
Mirra Configuration Window 36
Mirra License Agreement 10
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Mirra Screens
Activity Log 140
Backup & Restore Screen 56
Sharing Screen 92
Status Screen with Alerts 45
Web Access Screen 130
Mirra Setup Wizard
Folders Recommended for Backup 21
Mirra Status Screen 45
Alerts 45
Free Disk Space Indicator 45
Server - Computer Synchronization 45
Mirra StatusTasks 51
Configuring a Mirra Name or Advanced Network Settings 51
Dismissing All Alerts 52
Dismissing an Alert 52
Setting/Changing an Access Password 52
Showing Problem Files 53
Viewing Alert Details 53
Mirra Web Account 20
MirraGuard Data Guarantee 146
Multiple Computers with One Mirra 41
Multiple Users on One Computer 37
N
Network Requirements 2
New Backups
From the Backup Tasks Menu 63
From the Finder 65
Notes on Accessing Files on the Web 138
Notes on Backing Up and Restoring Files and Folders 89
Notes on Sharing Folders 128
O
Opening a Folder 118
Opening Backups on your Mirra from the Finder 70
Opening or Revealing a Folder in Finder 118
Opening the "Share via the Local Network" Window 106
From the Backup & Restore Screen 108
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From the Finder 110
From the Sharing Screen 107
Opening the "Share via the Web" Window 94
From the Backup & Restore Screen 96
From the Finder 98
From the Sharing Screen 94
Opening the Problem Files Window 47
Organizing your Mirra 29
Adjusting Network Settings 36
Advanced Network Settings for Manual Addressing 37
Backing Up to Multiple Mirras 42
Changing Your Email Address 32
Setting Mirra Preferences 31
Setting Up Multiple Computers with One Mirra 41
Setting Up Multiple Users on One Computer 37
Using Mirra Icons and Aliases 29
Using Mirra with MacOSX Fast User Switching 41
P
Problem Files 47
Fixing Problem Files 50
Product Registration 23
Purging Files and Folders
Purging Deleted Files from a Folder 88
Purging Old Files Versions from a Folder 88, 89
R
Reading the Activity Log 139
Reading the Mirra Status Screen 45
Reading the Status Bar 44
Recommended Backups 21, 59
Restoring a Folder
From Another Computer Connected to your Mirra
84
From your Mirra After a Crash
84
Restoring Folders After a Crash 77
Restoring Folders from Another Computer on your Network 74
Returning to Factory Defaults 144
Revealing a Folder in Finder 86
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S
Selecting Folders for Backup 59
Backing Up your Home Folder 65
Excluding Folders after the Initial Backup 67
Excluding Folders during Initial Backup 66
New Backups 62
Recommended Backups 59
Setting Folder Permissions
Download images 114
Write to folder
114
Setting Mirra Preferences 31
Setting Up Multiple Computers with One Mirra 41
Setting Up Multiple Users on One Computer 37
Setting Up the Mirra Software 15
Creating a New Web Account 25
Setting Up Web Access 130
Creating a Mirra Web Account 132
Enabling Folders for Web Access 135
Web Access Tasks 137
Setting Up your Mirra 8
Installing the Mirra Software 8
Sharing Folders 90
Sharing Tasks 117
Using the Sharing Screen 92
Sharing Tasks
Changing Local Network Shares 122
Changing Web Shares 120
Sharing a Folder via the Local Network 117
Sharing a Folder via the Web 117
Stopping a Share 118
Stopping Synchronization 119
Synchronizing Folders 119
Sharing via the Local Network 106
Opening the "Share via the Local Network" Window 106
Selecting a Folder to Share 112
Selecting Recipients on the Local Network 113
Setting Folder Permissions 114
Using the Share via the Local Network Window 112
Sharing via the Web 94
Entering Addresses with the Apple Address Book 102
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Notifying Web Share Recipients 104
Opening the "Share via the Web" Window 94
Selecting a Folder to Share 100
Selecting Recipients to Share With 101
Setting Folder Permissions 104
Typing Email Addresses 103
Using the Share via the Web Window 100
Shipping Container Components 1
Shortcut menu 65
Status Bar 44, 69
Stopping Synchronization 117
Synchronizing Folders 114
Stopping Synchronization 117
Synchronizing Versions 114
Working with Synchronized Folders 115
Synchronizing Versions 114
System Requirements 1
T
Task Menu Items
Auto-enabling Web Access for New Backups 138
Changing Folder Shares 122
Disabling a Folder for Web Access 137
Disabling All Folders for Web Access 137
Disabling Web Access for New Backups 138
Dismissing All Alerts 52
Dismissing an Alert 52
Enabling a Folder for Web Access 137
Enabling All Folders for Web Access 137
Opening a File in the Finder 86
Opening a Folder in the Finder 85
Restoring Folders from Another Computer on your Network 74
Saving a File 80, 124
Setting/Changing an Access Password 52
Sharing a Folder 117
Stopping a Share 118
Stopping Synchronization 117, 119
Viewing Alert Details 53
Viewing Previous Versions of a File 87, 128
Web Access Tasks 137
Task Menus 43
Backup & Restore Tasks 78
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Mirra StatusTasks 51
Sharing Tasks 117
Web Access Tasks 137
Technical Support 146
Online Support 146
Telephone Support 146
Troubleshooting 146
Turning Off your Personal Server 143
U
Using a Router 3
Using an Apple AirPort Wireless Router 3
Using Mirra Icons and Aliases 29
Using the Mirra Widget 30
Using Mirra with Mac OSX Fast User Switching 41
Using the Backup & Restore Screen 56
Using the Mirra Widget 30
V
Verifying a Backup 69
Viewing Alert Details 53
Viewing Previous Versions of a File 87, 128
W
Web Access Tasks 137
Disabling a Folder for Web Access 137
Disabling All Folders for Web Access 137
Enabling All Folders for Web Access 137
Troubleshooting a Web Access Connection 137
Working with Synchronized Folders 115
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