What is unattended backup?

Unattended backup refers to a kind of backup performed without user monitoring or operator intervention. The unattended backup should include all of the necessary data to restore system back to an earlier operational date when system fails to boot or works abnormally. 

Many users know it is crucial to make backups constantly, but they may get tired after setting up backups repeatedly. If you learn to make unattended backup, you would not be stressed about that. To create unattended backups that can restore your whole system or hard drive, you can use free automatic backup software such as AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Best free automatic backup software - AOMEI Backupper

Here I'd like to recommend the free auto backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can satisfy all your backup needs with its versatile features.

💜 Schedule Backup

It allows you to set up scheduled backups using the intervals Daily, Weekly or Monthly. If you want to run event triggered backup at computer shutdown or startup, and user log-in or log-off, or backup files from or to USB using USB plug in, you may upgrade to advanced editions. Once a scheduled backup is set, it does not need your attention.

💜 Email Notification

If you want to verify an unattended backup is performed successfully, you can enable email notification to notify you with email or SMS to check whether the backup is successful or not.

💜 Backup Types

AOMEI Backupper Standard provides system backup to automatically select required information for a complete system restore, and disk backup to include an entire hard drive into a backup. 

For custom backup, it provides partition backup to include certain partition(s) in the backup, and file backup to back up individual files and folders.

💜 Backup Methods

The automatic backup will by default run in the way of incremental backup, which will only include changed or newly added files. You can also select differential backup or full backup instead of incremental backup. (Differential backup is a paid feature.)

How to create unattended backup in Windows 11/10/8/7

You can use internal or external hard disks, solid-state drives (SSD), USB flash drives, network-attached storage (NAS), CDs and DVDs, and even cloud as the backup destination location to receive the backup image. After preparing the storage device for saving the backup, then you can follow the steps below to create an unattended backup (take system backup for example):

1.  Download and install this free automatic backup software on your computer and then launch it.

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2. Click Backup tab on the left side, and choose System Backup.

System Backup

3. The program will automatically select the system partitions associated with system files and boot files. Then specify the backup destination location for system image.

Select Destination

4. At the same screen, click the Schedule Backup option at the bottom. In the pop-out window, choose how often you want the backup to run.


(Optional) If you want to enable automatic backup cleanup so that the program will automatically delete old backups when the backups are over the number you specified to retain, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher. You can choose one of the four ways to clear out the old versions of backup, so you will never have the problem of backup disk full. Therefore, it is a truly unattended backup.

Automatic Backup Cleanup

5. If you need other settings like email notification and image compression, you can click Options to configure. After that, click Start Backup to perform unattended backup.

Start Backup

Tip: AOMEI Backupper also supports to create backups using command line, so you can perform unattended backup with a script of commands. You also can create a batch (.bat) file to perform unattended backup.


It’s easy to create unattended backup with the free automatic backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. All you need to do are a few clicks. Besides, you could try Real-Time Sync in paid version to sync changed files from one location to another without attention.