Backup a Database

In this example we will create the sakila database backup.

To backup the database:

  1. Click Backup Database on the Administration tab of Start Page. The Database Backup Wizard opens.
  2. Select a connection or click <Manageā€¦> in the Connection list, and then click New to create a new connection. For more information about how to create a server connection see Connecting to a Database.
  3. Once the connection is established, select a database you want to backup in the Database list.
  4. Specify a folder path to store backups in the Path text box.
  5. Specify an output file name in the respective text box.
  6. Set up some optional settings such as: append time stamp to the file name, auto delete old files, use compression etc, at your own decision. Click Next.

    General backup options

  7. Select database objects to backup. Click Next.

    Select objects for backup

  8. Specify detailed options on how backup should be performed. Click Next.

    Detailed backup options

  9. Select the Write a report to a log file check box to save the backup process information to a log file. Enter the path where to store the file, for instance C:\Backups\Backup.log.

    Backup errors handling

  10. Click Backup.
  11. As soon as the backup process has finished, click Save Project.

    Backup complete

A project file contains all the information that you have entered while walkthrough the wizard pages.

Running Backup from the Command Line

To run a backup from the command line:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type cmd in the Search programs and files text box and press the ENTER button.


    To run the Command Line in Windows 8, Windows 10:

    From the Desktop Mode

    • Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears.
    • Right-click to see the shortcut menu and than click Run

    From the Charms Bar

    • Move your mouse to the upper right corner until the Charms Bar appears.
    • Select Apps from the list and type run in the search box.
    • Click Run from the search results.

    Use Windows + R Shortcut Keys

    • In desktop mode, press the Windows key and R at the same time to show the Run command line.
  3. Enter the command line as follows: c:\Program Files\Devart\dbForge Studio for MySQL\ /backup /projectfile:c:\Backups\sakila.backup. Press ENTER.

    Backup from cmd

    After the process ends, a backup file appears in the specified directory.

Scheduling Database Backup

You can use the Windows Task Scheduler to create and manage backup tasks that your computer will carry out automatically at the times you specify.

To create Windows task:

  1. Run the Windows Task Scheduler.


    To run the Windows Task Scheduler:

    1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
    2. Click Administrative Tools.

    If your current view is Category, click System and Security, and then click Administrative Tools.

    1. Click Task Scheduler.
  2. Click the Action menu, and then click Create Basic Task.
  3. Type a name for the task and an optional description, and then click Next.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To select a schedule based on the calendar, click Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or One time, click Next; specify the schedule you want to use, and then click Next.
    • To select a schedule based on common recurring events, click When the computer starts or When I log on, and then click Next.
    • To select a schedule based on specific events, click When a specific event is logged, click Next; specify the event log and other information using the drop-down lists, and then click Next.
  5. To schedule a program to start automatically, click Start a program, and then click Next.
  6. Click Browse to enter a path to the .bat file that stores the command line string. For instance, a .bat file can contain a command line string as follows: c:\Program Files\Devart\dbForge Studio for MySQL\ /backup /projectfile:c:\Backups\sakila.backup.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Finish.