What is unattended backup?

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

Many users know it is crucial to make backups constantly, but they may get tired after setting up backup repeatedly. If you learn to make unattended backup, you would not be stressful 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.

Automatic backup software - AOMEI Backupper

The free auto backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to set up schedule backups use the intervals Daily, Weekly or Monthly, and the advanced editions allows you to run the event triggered backup at computer shutdown or startup, and user log-in or log-off, backup files from or to USB using USB plug in. Once a scheduled backup is set, it does not need your attention.

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

AOMEI Backupper Standard provides system backup to automatically selected 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 include files and folders into the backup. 

Additionally, the automatic backup will by default running incremental backups, which only changed or new added files will be included. You can also select differential backup or full backup instead of incremental backup. Besides, AOMEI Backupper allows you to create backup or restore from command prompt, so you can perform unattended restore with a script of a command.

How to create unattended backup?

You can use Internal or external hard disks, Solid-state drive (SSD), USB flash drives, Network-attached storage (NAS), CDs and DVDs, even cloud as the backup destination location to receive the backup image. After prepare the storage device for saving the backup, then you can follow the steps below to create a 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 at 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 option at the bottom. In the pop-out window, choose when and how you want the backup to run.


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

Start Backup

If you enable the Disk Space Management, which only available in the paid version (AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher), then the program will automatically delete old backups when the backups over the number you specified to retain. You choose one of the five ways to clear out the old versions of backup, so you will never have the problem of backup disk full. Therefore, it is truly unattended backup.

Tips: AOMEI Backupper also supports to create backups using command line, 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, only just a few clicks. Besides, you could try Real-Time Sync in paid version to create unattended backup.