Now that Microsoft has launched cloud backups of your data, how does the company manage them?
The answer: It’s complicated.
This week, Fortune asked experts on cloud backup to help us understand how it works, how it differs from the traditional cloud, and what you need to know about backup.
Read more about the topic.1.
What is cloud backup?
Cloud backups can be either a simple copy of your files or a copy of them from the cloud to your local machine.
They can be a one-time process or a continuous backup.
When you backup your files from a cloud provider, Microsoft does not store or process the backup file.
Instead, Microsoft stores the backup in the cloud and makes it available to all of your apps and services.
For example, you can use Microsoft Word or Microsoft Outlook, and you can also upload your files to Dropbox or Google Drive.
Microsoft does NOT store the backup files on its own servers.
Microsoft also doesn’t make copies of the backup to your hard drive.
Instead you need the cloud provider to upload the backup onto the cloud.
Microsoft does make a copy, called a “backup copy,” of the files it has stored on your computer.
This copy is made available to Microsoft on the same day it is uploaded to the cloud, usually within 30 to 60 minutes after it is made.2.
How does Microsoft backup files?
Microsoft uses a method called an “extension file,” which Microsoft calls a “copy file.”
Microsoft creates a copy for each file it holds on your local computer.
Microsoft adds extensions to the extension file, so that it can store the extension and other information in the extension itself.
The extension is then copied to the server in the same way that Microsoft stores your files on the local computer (or to your cloud provider).
For example:If you upload a file to Microsoft, Microsoft can then create a copy file of the file on your cloud server.
This means that you can access your files at any time while you are on your phone or computer, and the files are backed up from your phone to your computer without your knowledge.3.
Why does Microsoft make copies?
For each file that Microsoft keeps on your hard disk, Microsoft adds two extra extensions: “ext” and “lgbt”.
The “ext”-type extension is a copy and the “lgbt”-type is a full-size file.
Microsoft keeps the “ext-type” file on the server while the “lvbt”-type file is uploaded onto your local hard drive as a backup file to your backup copy.
The “lvbt”-file is only used for backup purposes.4.
How is Microsoft saving data?
If you upload your data to Microsoft and then delete it from the server, Microsoft keeps its copies of your backup file on its servers for a period of time.
When Microsoft deletes the backup, the data is stored in the original file, which is now backed up on the cloud service.
Microsoft keeps the backup copy of the data on the servers for several reasons: Microsoft can store additional data on its backup copy if you request it, it can save additional data if the backup is deleted, and it can use the backup copies to improve the performance of Microsoft products and services that it provides.5.
When do I need to backup my files?
You can upload a backup copy to Microsoft that you want to keep.
The backup copy you upload will be stored on the Microsoft server and it will be accessible for use by Microsoft services, such as Office 365, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, and OneDrive.
However, you cannot upload a copy that Microsoft does hold on the external hard drive or that Microsoft creates from the file itself.
When your backup is done, you will see the following message:Microsoft cannot delete the backup.
It will remain on the system and you will not be able to delete it.6.
When should I backup my data?
Before you upload the file, you should backup your data.
The reason is that the file is an extension file that allows Microsoft to store additional information about your data and your app.
You can choose to backup the backup on the internal hard drive, on the hard drive itself, or on the Azure server.
If you want the backup of your own data, you must upload a version of the original backup file that contains the extension information.
The file you upload must also be a copy.
When the backup version is uploaded, Microsoft will not remove the file you uploaded.7.
How do I backup the files on my Microsoft cloud backup server?
When you upload or download the backup you can choose the backup option on the file upload page, and then choose the option that tells Microsoft how to store the files and the backup data.
Microsoft will use this data to help you troubleshoot your system, identify data loss, and protect your data from hackers.
The files you upload on the upload page will be automatically deleted once you upload them back to the Microsoft cloud.