Using Duplicacy with Z1 Storage

enter image description here Duplicacy backs up your files to many cloud storage providers, it includes client-side encryption and it offers the highest level of deduplication across platforms.

In this tutorial we'll be downloading, installing and configuring the Windows version of Duplicacy.

Download Duplicacy, and install it.

You can download it from their website: here

Once installed - run the program.

This will run Duplicacy in the background and it will also create an icon within the "hidden icons" section in windows

Duplicacy - Hidden Icon

Right click, and select Open:

Duplicacy - Right Click, Open

This will open your browser and take you to the control panel: on

Dashboard URL Duplicacy

Your dashboard will look something like this:

Dashboard Preview

Setting up S3 compatible storage on Duplicacy

Now it's time to setup Duplicacy to use your Cloud storage with Z1 Storage:

Within the left-hand side navigation, select Storage:

Storage Icon

You will see a pop-over appear, it will look like this:

Storage Configuration

Then select the S3 tab:

S3 Tab

It will ask you for your S3 settings. As Z1 Storage is S3 API compliant, we will use this connection method to access your bucket, data and files within the our cloud storage.

Service Provider: We will select Amazon (or compatible)

Endpoint: we'll enter:

Region: set as ZA

Access ID and the Access Key: Then we have the Access ID and the Access Key, these you will need to get from the Z1 Storage client area under the Integrations tab.

Configure Z1 Storage as the S3 Compatible Cloud Storage.

Now select the bucket Icon: Bucket Icon

A new pop-over will appear, here you need to select the bucket you would like to use.

In our tutorial we'll use the z1storagetutorial bucket we created beforehand.

Select Your Z1 Storage Bucket.

Once your bucket has been selected, Click on Select:

Select Bucket

You will see the bucket name appear in the config page:

Bucket Configured

You may select a directory within the bucket,

or leave it blank if you wish to store the data in the root of the bucket.

Directory Optional

Finally, we select Continue:


In the next section, we can configure encryption, erasure coding etc.

For this tutorial we will just set a name and the password

(please remember to keep this password safe as you will need to reuse it at a later stage)

Configure the Storage

Select Add


You will see the storage has been added.

Storage Added

Configuring a backup on Duplicacy

Select Backup on the navigation, then click on the small plus sign , top right.

Backup, Add New

Now, we setup the backup on this pop-over screen

Backup Windows, Configuration Screen

Directory: Next to Directory, click on the Green icon Directory IconAnd browse to the local directory or file you would like to back up.

Storage: Select a Bucket where you would like to backup to.

Backup ID: This needs to be filled in, you can select an ID of your choice for this backup. For this tutorial , we just made it "Duplicacy"

Backup ID

Then click Save


Starting your first Duplicacy backup

Good, now we see the backup is setup, you will also see and option on this screen to include/exclude files, and how many threads to use, we suggest leaving it on the default 4 threads.

_info) More threads will initiate more simultaneous uploads. Going beyond an optimal number can degrade the performance. Hence we suggest only modifying this if you find performance is below normal throughput.
__info) Selecting the **Send report after completion** will make it easier for you to keep track of the backup success._

Duplicacy Backup Overview

If you would like to run the backup immediately, select the play button.

Start Duplicacy Backup

This will start the backup.

Note: The internet connection used during this tutorial was only 20Mbit, so we see it reaching the lines full capacity. Our backups at Z1Storage allow up to 1Gbit upload per storage pod as of 2021.

Backup Progress

Scheduling your backups

Alternatively you can setup scheduling by clicking on the Schedule Navigation button

Scheduling the Backup


And there we have it**, well done!

You now know how to backup your Windows machine to Z1 Storage cloud storage.

Our S3 compatible cloud storage means you can store your data, in the cloud, affordably with South Africa's trusted online storage provider. Z1 Storage