What is Schedule Backup in AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Backupper is able to back up data for you automatically and periodically, which can enhance data security to a large extent. AOMEI Backupper provides five schedule modes: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers and USB plug in to backup system, applications, personal files and so on. For instance, you can schedule backup Windows 7 to back up OS. With these modes, you can run different scheduled tasks to back up different kinds of data.

How to create a scheduled backup task for your system

Method 1: If you have not created any system backup tasks, click "Backup", and select "System Backup" to bring you to the System Backup screen. For System Backup, AOMEI Backupper will automatically list partitions that are related to the system to boot and you can see the "Schedule Backup" option.

After you configure the schedule settings, you can click the "Start Backup" button: either select "Add the schedule and start backup now" or "Only add the schedule". If you choose "Only add the schedule", the backup will not run at present but the scheduled backup task will be added to the "Home" tab, waiting to run at the scheduled backup time point.

Schedule Backup Choose

Method 2: If you have created a backup task but you have not enabled the "Schedule" feature, you can enable it as shown in the picture below.

Find Schedule

How to enable or disable scheduled backup

Enable or Disable a Scheduled Backup

Enable or Diable Schedule Backup

To enable or disable a scheduled backup, you can simply find the schedule backup settings as mentioned above and then activate or deactivate the button "Enable Schedule Backup". Once you activate the button under one backup task, the task will run as scheduled. After you deactivate the button under a scheduled backup task, the task will not be scheduled.

How to configure Backup Method for a scheduled backup

There are three backup methods: Full Backup, Incremental Backup, and Differential Backup. As for the differences between the three backup methods, please refer to Differences between Backup Methods.

Backup Method

To configure a backup method for a scheduled backup task, you need to enter the "Backup Scheme" tab and then select the desired backup method. "Incremental Backup" is the default backup method.

Tips:

If you want to enable the Backup Scheme function to automatically delete backup images (paid feature), you can also enable it in this section. Please check how to Enable and Configure Backup Scheme.

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Modes

1. Daily Mode

  • Set a time point in the future to perform the backup task only once.

  • Set a time point to perform the backup task once a day.

  • Set a time range for a day first, then choose the time interval between start time and finish time and the program will perform the backup at intervals of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 hours within this time range every day.

Daily

2. Weekly Mode

  • Choose a specific day(s) for the backup task from Monday to Sunday.

  • Set a time point and the program will automatically perform the backup at this time on the chosen day(s) every week.

Weekly

3. Monthly Mode

  • Choose a time point on a specific day (Monday - Sunday) of each month to perform the backup task.

  • Choose a time point on a specific day from the calendar to perform the backup task every month and you can select multiple days on the calendar.

Monthly

For daily, weekly and monthly mode scheduled backup tasks, Backupper currently can wake up computer to perform the tasks. You can tick the option “Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks” to configure it. In this way, the program will wake your computer from sleep or hibernate 2 minutes before running a scheduled backup. This feature is unavailable for Event Triggers and USB plug in scheduled tasks.

Wake Up PC

And, for daily, weekly and monthly mode scheduled backup tasks, Backupper currently can be set up to Shut down, Restart, Hibernate or Sleep PC after the scheduled task is completed. You can drop down the option of "After the scheduled task is completed, the computer will" and then choose one option to configure it. In this way, the program will automatically perform Shut down/Restart/Hibernate/Sleep operations after the scheduled task is completed and the countdown is 3 minutes. This feature is unavailable for Event Triggers and USB plug in scheduled tasks.

Shutdown PC after Schedule Backup

Event Triggers

There are four event trigger types offered by AOMEI Backupper: User logon, User logoff, System startup, and System Shutdown. Please note that Event triggers mode is available in paid versions only, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional. Please upgrade to professional if necessary. For more detailed info about how "Event triggers" works, please see Windows backup on logoff.

Event Triggers

1. User logon: Set up to perform a backup automatically when the user has logged in. Once you log into any user account (administrator or standard), the backup task is performed immediately. If you log into an administrator account, you will see a small AOMEI Backupper system tray icon showing the backup progress in the right bottom corner of the desktop. However, if it is a standard account being used, the backup task is performed in the background without the system tray icon visible.

2. User logoff: Set up to perform backup automatically when the user is logged off. Once you log off any user account (administrator or standard), the backup task is performed in the background immediately. If the backup has not been completed after you log in again, it still continues to run. If you log into an administrator account, you can see a small AOMEI Backupper system tray icon showing the backup progress. If you shut down the PC before the backup has been completed, AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down and then continue to complete the backup first. After that, the system will shut down automatically.

3. System startup: Set up to perform backup automatically when a system startup occurs. Once the system has started up, even though you have not yet logged on and reached the desktop, the backup task will run in the background immediately. If the backup hasn't been completed after you reach the desktop, it will still continue to run. An AOMEI Backupper system tray icon shows the backup progress if you logged in via an administrator account. If you shut down the PC before the backup is complete, AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down and then continue to complete the backup first. After that, the system will shut down automatically. In addition, you can set a time delay before performing the backup task. For instance, you could set a 5-minute delay, so the backup task starts to run 5 minutes after system startup.

4. System shutdown: Set up to perform backup automatically when the system shuts down. When you click “shut down”, AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down in order to perform the backup first. Backup status information is displayed and once complete, the system will proceed to shut down as normal. Please note that if a system update is running after clicking "shut down", the backup will run after the system update has been completed.

USB Plug in

When the program detects that the source or target USB device associated with the backup task is plugged in, it will automatically back up the data from a USB device or back up to the USB device.

If “Run one time every day” is selected, then the backup task will run only once a day. In this situation, if the program detects the backup task has run that day, it will not run again on that day.

USB Plug In

Advanced settings

In the Schedule "Advanced" settings, you can tick "Run the missing backup after starting computer next time” so a missed backup will run at the next system startup if the PC is shut down before the scheduled backup time point.

Advanced

Also, you can directly specify Windows Task Scheduler to perform this scheduled task.

Tips:

  • If the PC shuts down directly without doing the backup when the "System Shutdown" event trigger has been enabled, please disable the "fast startup" option under Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\System Settings. And, if you configure the "System Shutdown" event trigger, the backup will also run when the PC is set to restart. AOMEI Backupper will prevent the system from shutting down in order to perform the backup first. After the backup is finished, the PC will shut down and restart.

  • If the task is enabled with Event Triggers or USB plug in, it is unable to manually specify either Windows Task Scheduler or AOMEI Service to perform this task. And, "Run the missing backup after starting computer next time” is also unavailable.