In addition to the basic schedule backups by daily, weekly or monthly, AOMEI Backupper Professional 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 triggers backups

  • User logon: multiple users may use the 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 the exact opposite of "User logon". You may worry about the loss of the data you saved and the programs you installed 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. 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 you shut down the computer. The best solution to this could be backing up data at once after finishing work on the computer or before it shuts down. 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 wait for the backup to be completed. Therefore, it’s better to schedule an automatic backup when a user shut down the computer.

How to create an auto backup upon events

1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, and then click on "Backup" tab. All backup types support to create a backup upon specific events. Here we will take creating a system image as an example. So select "System Backup" on the right.

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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. To enable event-triggered system backup, please click "Schedule Backup" at the bottom.

Select Destination

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

Schedule Settings General

There are four event types available to choose from. You can specify one of them to automatically perform the current backup when the event you selected occurs. Here we will take "System shutdown" for example, and then click "OK" to continue.

Event Triggers System Shutdown

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

Backup Method

4. Now you can confirm the source data and destination path. After clicking "Start Backup", there are two options available.

  • 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 in "Backup Scheme".
  • Only add the schedule: the program will only add the schedule. When you shut down the computer the first time, the program will perform a full system backup. When you shut down the computer the second time, it will perform a full, incremental or differential backup based on what you specified at "Backup Scheme".

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. Find the event-triggered backup and select "Schedule" from the expanded menu.

Find Schedule

2. In the Schedule Settings window, change it to what you want it to be, and then click "OK" to confirm.

Creating a backup automatically based on a 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 every day without performing the backup during office hours. That's because a backup during office hours could increase the load on the computer network and possibly disrupt employees in the performance of their duties.