Why create a backup?
You may wish to make a clone of a course to use in a different context, or you may wish to create a backup of your course for archiving purposes (centrally created archives are only taken once a year and – given the range of course structures in existence at the university, this may not capture your course at a key point in the academic year).
Creating the backup
Creating a backup is a five step process which is undertaken from the course that you are aiming to back up. It is possible to select what items are included in the backup so you can take a copy of as much or as little of your course as you want.
The backup process creates a compressed version of your course (in .mbz format) that should be stored outside of Moodle, on a hard drive, network space or USB memory stick.
- From the Administration block
- Select the Backup link (the first stage of the process opens up)
Once you have downloaded or restored your course, it is recommended that you delete the backup files from Moodle. This is because any new backups that you take will otherwise include the initial ones (and this could increase the size of your course and subsequent backups greatly and cause unnecessary complications at a later date).
- From the course Restore page (as shown above), click the Manage backup files button
- Click on the file you wish to delete and select the Delete option presented
- Select OK from the two presented options