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How to configure and use One Touch Backup?

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Jan 23, 2019

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How to configure and use One Touch Backup?

Some USB enclosures have a button to start the execution of an associated program. If you have such a device, you can configure Backup4all to execute a backup job or a backup group when this button is pressed. If your One Touch Backup device is not detected by Backup4all, you could use the command line parameters to create a command that can be associated to the One Touch button of your device.

How to configure One Touch Backup

Here's how you can configure One Touch Backup to run a backup job when the button on your enclosure is pressed:

  • Connect your USB enclosure and verify that it shows up correctly in Windows Explorer
  • Go to Options -> Backup and then in the Backup on demand section check the option Enable "One Touch Backup" support.
  • Click on the Detect button to verify that Backup4all recognizes your device
  • In the What to execute section choose either a Backup job (from the drop down) or a Backup tag (this will run multiple backups with the same tag).
  • Optionally you can choose to exit Backup4all when the OTB backup finishes. Click OK to close the window.

One Touch Backup

If the One Touch Backup option is enabled when the application starts and there is no backup job or backup group set to be executed when the One Touch button of the USB enclosure is pressed, the user will be asked to choose one from the options displayed in the One Touch Backup dialog:

  • Select an existing backup job or backup tag for One Touch Backup. If you select this, the Backup on demand page of the Options window will open and you can select the backup job or group you want to use. This option is disabled when there is no backup job to select.
  • Disable this feature (you can activate it back at any time from Options). This will disable the One Touch Backup feature. You can activate it again from the Backup on demand page of the Options window.

If you press Cancel, Backup4all will open, but when you will press the One Touch button of the USB device the same dialog will be displayed. This dialog will appear again if the backup job (executed when the One Touch button is pressed) was deleted.

How to use One Touch Backup

Once everything is configured, you will just have to push the One Touch Button from your device and the selected backup job or backup group will be executed.

If Backup4all is not started, it will start automatically. If it is already started, but minimized it will show a pop-up window or the main window while backing up (depending on the settings from the Options window).

When the backup finishes Backup4all is minimized, if the Hide when finished option is checked. If the main window of the application was already open when the One Touch button was pressed, the Hide when finished option will be ignored.



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