Backing-up the data

Microsoft Windows PCs(USER1, USER2...) are available for data download at each beamline. It is then possible to download collected data sets and data processing results into a connected hard disk, or directly in the user's laptop computer. USB-2.0 ports are present on the PCs download. Please be aware that, as a general rule, image data are kept for a maximum of one month in our server. If you want to keep data for more than one month, please ask the responsible staff (PHS 2613) contact prior to the performing your experiments.


Backup using Windows PC

  1. Connect your HDD to the Microsoft Windows PC made available via a USB cable.
  2. Start-up Backup by double-clicking the "Backup" icon on the Microsoft Windows Desktop.


  3. Click the [New Pattern...] button.


  4. Enter the [Pattern Name] in the [Name] Tab.


  5. Select the folder or storage of [Backup From] and [Backup To], respectively.
    Note here that those folder and storage location can be determined by simple Drag-and-Drop from Microsoft Explorer.
    • Open "My Computer" and double-click the "I:\" icon


    • Drag-and-Drop the folder.


  6. Clear the check box specifying [Confirm deletion] in the [Option] tab.


  7. Select the check box specifying [Repeat backup after the time period] in the [Timer] tab, and set the time to an adequate value (e.g. 30 min). If you use PAM(PF Automated Mounting system), shorten the time period.


  8. Close the [Pattern Setting] window by clicking the [OK] button. Next click "Option" menu, and select "Settings".


  9. Clear the check box specifying [Write log to file] in the [log] tab.


  10. Close the [Option] window by clicking the [OK] button, select the corresponding pattern name (specified in (3) ), and click the [Start Selected Patterns] button. The backup will then start.


  11. The experiment is finished and the backup complete, click the [Repeat Backup] button in order to synchronize again just in case.


  12. By leaving a pattern that you created, it is possible to start backup immediately by simply clicking the [Modify...] button and changing [Backup From] tab when the next experiment.

Backup using Linux PC

  1. Connect your HDD to the Linux PC a USB cable.
    The following icon will be displayed when the HDD is mounted. The name of the file system depends on your HDD.


  2. Start backing-up by double-clicking the "BACKUP" icon on the Linux Desktop.


    Confirm the various settings available within the software after it started.


  3. Select the directories you want to backup.
    A dialog box appears by clicking the [+] button.
    Selected directories can be deleted from the list by clicking the [-] button.


  4. Select the media where you will be saving the backup.
    A dialog box appears by clicking the [...] button.


  5. Click the [Backup Start] button. The backup will then start.
    When the [Backup Start] button becomes active again, the backup complete.
    You can interrupt the backup process by clicking the [STOP] button.


  6. Select the check box specifying [Repeat Backup] in the [Main] tab, and set the time to an adequate value.
    If you use PAM (PF Automated Mounting system), shorten the time period.


Difference of download speed depending on file systems

We noticed that downloading the data into a hard disk from the NTFS file system is about three times faster when compared with the FAT32 file system. Therefore, we recommend the users to convert their file systems to NTFS type before coming to PF.



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