Verification of backed up files

Use this function to check whether the last backup was error-free or whether files have changed since the previous backup. In contrast to verification during backup, each individual file at the destination will be compared to the same file at the source bit by bit.

Destination of original files File filter Age of files Load and store task Start verifcation Verify using Windows task scheduler Type of backup Mail Log file Security copies Password Verify

Select the location of the backed-up files to be verified

When verifying files, you must consider how the data was backed up (see Backup destination):

Compare to

Files can be compared either to files in the original source directory or to files in any other directory:


Examine compressed single files
If the backup was made into single compressed files, enable this option to ensure that all files will automatically be unpacked on verification (default setting: enabled).

No decryption of enc files
Personal Backup adds the file extension enc for uncompressed encrypted files. These files are decrypted automatically on verification. If there are files from another application using this extension, the decryption will fail. You can prevent the program from decrypting such files by checking this option.

File filter

By using filename filters, filenames matching certain patterns may be included or excluded. Use the same rules as described for backup file filters (Standard file filter or Regular expressions).

File age

You can specify whether you want to verify only files older or newer than a given fixed or relative date.


Exclude security copies

Security copies

If Security copies were created during backup, these files should be excluded from verification because they will not exist at the source, making verification impossible. Insert the same values for prefixes and suffixes as used during backup. To facilitate this setting, you can click the very left button at the bottom to import the settings from the corresponding backup task.


Mail delivery after verification

Similar to the option for backups, a mail with status information and optionally a log file can be sent after performing a verification task. The settings are the same as for backup.


Here you can optionally specify a fixed password to be used for decryption of files. In this case the user will not be prompted to enter it during verify. So a verification may be performed in background without user interaction.
By clicking the small button at the right, you can import the password from the associated backup task. Note that this option cannot be used if the backup task is protected.
The icon on the button changes to show whether a fixed password Fixed password was specified or the password has to be queried Password prompt on verify.

Import password
Clicking the button will open a dialog to select the backup task associated to the verification. A registered fixed password will be imported and automatically used for verification.

Log settings

Clicking the Log settings button will open a dialog to adjust the log settings for Verify.
Click then View log button to view the current log.

Loading and saving verify tasks

Clicking the Save task or Save task as button will save a configured verify task with all settings to disk. To load and reuse such a saved task, click the Open task button.

A saved verify task can also be started from the command line. This makes it possible to use the Windows Task Scheduler to verify files at specific times, or to verify a backup directory by adding a shortcut to the Windows desktop:
PersBackup /verify <verify-task>

Automatic Verification using Windows Task Scheduler

You can configure a Windows scheduled task to carry out an automatic Verify by clicking the Scheduled tasks button. The configuration procedure is the same as described for backups.

Start verification

Clicking the button will start the verification. First the directory to be verified will be scanned to count all affected files. The subsequent comparison will have one of the following results:

Notes on log: The result of the verification will be shown in the log as described below:

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