Enable Event-triggered Backups: Create A Backup Upon Specific Events

Posted by @AOMEI

July 22, 2016

Learn how to automatically create a backup when a user logs on or logs off and a computer shut down or starts up. The event triggers in AOMEI Backupper enable you to perform backups upon specific events.

In addition to the basic schedule backups by daily, weekly or monthly, AOMEI Backupper can detect specific events and create a backup when they occur, including user logon, user logoff, system startup and system shutdown.

The benefits of event-triggered backups

  • User logon: multiple users may use a same computer together with different user accounts. Each user saves data and installs programs on the computer. To prevent system failure caused by the user who is going to log on the computer or unpredicted disasters, it’s better to schedule an automatic backup when a user logs on to the computer.
  • User logoff: it’s exact opposite of "User logon". You may worry about the data you saved and the programs you installed loss caused by other users or unpredicted disasters after you logged off from the computer. Therefore, it’s better to schedule an automatic backup when a user logs off from the computer.
  • System startup: before doing any changes on the computer after system startup, it's better to schedule an automatic backup after you start the computer. You can determine how many minutes later after system startup to perform the backup.
  • System shutdown: usually, system failures resulting in data loss occur when shutting down the computer. The best solution to this could be backup data at once after finishing work on the computer before it is shutdown. However, it’s difficult to schedule such backup with a fixed time since it is often hard to determine when a user will finish work, and a user wouldn’t like to waiting for backup to be completed. Therefore, it’s better to schedule an automatic backup when a user shut down the computer.

How to enable event-triggered backups?

1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper, and then click on "Backup" tab. All backup types support to create a backup upon specific event, including "File Sync". Here we will take "create system image" for example. So select "System Backup" on the right.

System Backup

2: First you are able to edit the default "Task Name". The program will automatically choose system and boot related partitions as the source. You only need to choose a destination to save backup image at "Step2". To enable event-triggered system backup, please click "Schedule".

Schedule

3: In the pop-up window, click and choose "Event triggers" in the drop-down menu.

Event Triggers

There are four event types available to choose. You can specify one of them to automatically perform the current backup when the event you selected occurs.

Event Types

Here we will take "System shutdown" for example, and then click "OK" to continue.

Tips: You also can click "Advanced" tab to choose a way to perform the event-triggered system backup. The default option is "Incremental Backup" which only backup the new added, changed and deleted data based on the last backup. You also can change to "Full Backup" or "Differential Backup".

Incremental Backup

4: Now you will find the checkbox before "Schedule" has been ticked. After clicking "Start Backup", there are two options available to choose.

  • Add the schedule and start backup now: the program will add the schedule and immediately perform a full system backup. When you shut down the computer next time, the program will perform a full, incremental or differential backup based on what you specified at "Advanced" tab.
  • Only add the schedule: the program will only add the schedule. When you shut down the computer at the first time, the program will perform a full system backup, and then perform a full, incremental or differential backup based on what you specified at "Advanced" tab at the second time when you shut down the computer.

Start Backup

During the computer shutdown process, a message is displayed on the computer screen. You don't have to waste time waiting for the backup to be completed.

Computer Shutdown Backup Message

How to change an event-triggered backup?

1: AOMEI Backupper allows you to easily change the event-triggered backup you have already added. At "Home" tab, all the backup tasks are listed. Click "Advanced" and select "Schedule Task".

Schedule Task

2: In the pop-up window, click "General" to change it to what you want it to be, and then click "OK" to confirm.

Modify Event Triggered Backup

Creating a backup automatically based on specific event is especially useful in companies with an irregular work cycle, where it is difficult to plan a suitable time in advance for performing backups. This solution also proves itself when we want to be sure that a computer will be secured each day but we don't want to perform backup during office hours because this could increase the load on the computer network and possibly disrupt employees in the performance of their duties.