Configuring a backup to run automatically when the USB drive is plugged in

The following article applies to version 4.x of Backup4all.
This article shows how to configure the Portable edition of Backup4all installed on a flash drive, to run a specific backup job or backup group when you plug in the flash drive. Backup4all can be configured to run a specific job/group when the flash drive is plugged in.

On this page: How to configure Backup4all Portable How to run a specific job/group when you plug in the flash drive on Windows XP How to run a specific job/group when you plug in the flash drive on Windows Vista, 2008

Backup4all can be configured to run a specific job/group when the flash drive is plugged in. When you connect the flash drive, the Autoplay window will appear asking you to choose an action. In order to automatically run the backup job without selecting any action, you need to install an USB autoplay application.

Please note in Windows 7 the autorun function was removed by Microsoft because they consider it was a security problem.

How to configure Backup4all Portable

These are the steps to follow:

  1. Open Backup4all
  2. Go to Tools->Options->Backup on demand
  3. Check the Enable "Plug and backup" support
  4. Select the backup job or backup group you want to execute.
  5. Choose what to display on backup.
  6. Press OK.

How to run a specific job/group when you plug in the flash drive on Windows XP

To be able to automatically run a backup job you also need to install a freeware application on your computer for USB autorun. We suggest you to download the "APO USB autorun" from this link. You can also choose another similar application to do that.
APO is a simple, but very handy tool that automatically searches for the standard autorun.inf (as used with CDs) and executes it as soon as the USB drive is inserted.

How to run a specific job/group when you plug in the flash drive on Windows Vista, 2008

If you have Windows Vista or Windows 2008, you don't need any other application to automatically run the inf file from flash drive.

When you first plug in the flash drive, the Autoplay window will appear. You just need to select Run Backup4all and check the Always do this for software and games option. Next time you insert the flash drive, the backup will start automatically.

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Applies to:

Backup4all 4.x

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