Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

mcBackup 3.0 Brings Your Lineup and Recordings Back

by @ 10:45 am on April 26th, 2010 in backup, programs with 10 Comments

mcBackup 3Many Windows 7 Media Center users will have a point where they need to backup important information and settings for their Media Center machine. Information such as custom TV listings, recording schedules and certain plugin and meta data can take a fair amount of time to setup. Certainly no one enjoys missing a favorite show due to a reformat followed by forgetting to reset the schedule for that show. Ian Dixon, of The Digital Lifestyle and Made for Media Center, may just have the solution. mcBackup 3.0 can not only backup your setup but it can even be scheduled to do so regularly and for free.

To get started download mcBackup 3.0 from Made for Media Center and install. You’ll need to sign-up as a member of the site before being able to download the program, there is no confirmation email. Once downloaded and installed, run the program from the start menu under TheDigitalLifestyle.com –> mcBackup 3.0.

Due to user trouble downloading the program from the official site we’ve mirrored the 32-bit installer and the 64-bit installer here at Hack7MC.

service started

Under the Backup and Restore Now tab you can select the type of data to backup: schedule, lineup, recorded TV, extra. To do an immediate backup just check the boxes for the data to backup and hit the Backup Now button. Once a backup has been created you can restore the latest backup using the Restore Now button. However, the restore option should only be used on fresh started Media Center setups. Running the restore on an already setup Media Center will likely mess up your listings and such requiring a clearing of the data and then restoring once more.

backup and restore

On the next tab, Backup Location, you are able to set the location where backup images should be saved. These are the folders you’ll need to copy to a safe location if doing a full clean install. For listings and recording schedule backups I’d even recommend having the default save location be a USB drive. This keeps your backup separate from the actual Media Center’s system drive should it cease operating properly.

Also available is the option to backup another folder, important plugin data or even just large downloaded caches such as MediaBrowser’s ImagesByName folder make good candidates.

folder locations

Coming to the Schedule tab we have one of the more important features of mcBackup. Here we can setup a schedule to regularly backup frequently changing things such as the recording schedule. Being something that typically changes often, it’s an especially good idea to regularly backup the recording schedule.


Simply enable the scheduler then select the days and the time you’d like backups to be created. Either restart the program or enable the service using the link on the Home tab of the program. This home tab will report the status of the backup service whenever needed as well as the option to start or stop the service.

Now as long as you’ve set the backup to a safe location you should have a recent backup of your scheduling and lineup data whenever you need it.

home tab

The program works incredibly well in the background requiring virtually no intervention from the user beyond the initial setup. Simply set it up and forget it, just the way regular backups should be done. Thanks to Ian Dixon for making both the program and Made for Media Center. Stick around Hack7MC for future updates and a review of the Made for Media Center platform for Windows 7 Media Center.

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Comment #10372 from jag [Reply]

It seems that the download link has a loop, everytime I try to download it, it ask for the username/password, when I log in and click on download it asks again…

Comment left April 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm Permanent Link

Comment #10441 from chris [Reply]

Yea this sucks I need to format my HTPC today and I cant even download this freaking app.
What I don’t get is why do I have to even create an account to download a free piece of software?
This site has been this way for 3 days. PURE CRAP!

Comment left April 30, 2010 at 11:09 am Permanent Link
Comment #10463 from Michael Healy [Reply]

I’ve uploaded a mirror of the installers. I didn’t have any trouble downloading them in Chrome but there may be something wrong with the site’s registration process or something.

Comment left April 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #49590 from Jodie [Reply]

You Sir/Madam are the enemy of confusion evyerhwere!

Comment left October 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm Permanent Link

Comment #10480 from Fletch [Reply]

Didn’t work for me at all. I had to rebuild my media center this weekend. I backed up my settings (tuners and TV show subscriptions), and tried to restore on the fresh install, and it said it worked, but it didn’t do anything.

Comment left May 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm Permanent Link

Comment #10550 from jag [Reply]

I tried with chrome, FF, Opera and IE and all the same; but thanks I’ll try backing up my lineup. thanks

Comment left May 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm Permanent Link

Comment #14884 from Anonymous [Reply]

I’ve tried this program several times and it has never restored my channel line up correctly. It always imports all channels and I have to manually remove the ones I don’t receive.

Comment left August 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm Permanent Link
Comment #17999 from Stefan Tucker (12noon) [Reply]

mcBackup doesn’t seem to back up multiple tuners. It merely picks one of the mcepgX-X-X directories and copies that one. The others aren’t copied.

REF: http://www.hack7mc.com/2009/03/backup-and-restore-recording-schedule.html

Comment left September 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm Permanent Link

Comment #203438 from Anonymous [Reply]

Didn’t work for me on Windows 7 32 bit with two tuners

Comment left August 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm Permanent Link

Comment #306809 from Dale [Reply]

Wish it worked for me. Backed up my MC settings on windows 7, 64 bit, with an HVR-2250 card. Upgraded motherboard and of course, MC doesn’t see the tuner anymore and needs fresh setup. Restored guide listings. This doubled the listings in the guide, ie 2 channel 2s, 2 channel 3s, etc. The ATSC listings were fine. The QAM listings were there but clicking them in the guide would not bring them up in the tuner. End result? Manually configuring 80 channels in MCE again. Can’t Microsoft make improvements to MCE itself so it’s guide is easier to configure?

Comment left October 29, 2013 at 9:49 am Permanent Link

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