How to use "Backup on demand"

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Sep 21, 2018

Backup4all 5 or older

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How to use "Backup on demand"

The Backup on demand page of the Options window (accessible from the Tools, Options menu item) contains settings for the one touch button of some USB/FireWire devices.

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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 button device is not detected by Backup4all ( Backup4all is not natively compatible with the device), you could use the command line parameters to create a command that can be associated to the One Touch button of your device.

Backup on demand

Enable One Touch Backup support

Use this option to enable the Plug-and-Backup functionality. If the option is set, you can choose which Backup job or Backup group will be executed when the portable drive is plugged in. Sometimes (when the backup job or the backup group is deleted or renamed) the target backup cannot be executed. In this case a dialog will be shown asking you to either create a new backup, select another backup or disable the Plug-and-Backup functionality.


Please connect your USB enclosure and make sure it is turned on and ready. Press the Detect button to check the compatibility with the One Touch Backup feature. If there is at least one compatible device, a message will be shown listing all the disk partitions (drives) on the devices. You will be informed if there are no compatible devices.

In this case the Enable One Touch Backup support option will have no effect even if it is set.

What to execute

Backup job

Use this option to select a backup job.

Backup group

Use this option to select a backup group.

What to display on backup

You can control the behavior of the application when the One Touch button of your USB device is pressed. The application can: show nothing, show a tray popup or show the main window. By default this option is set to show nothing. If the show the main window option is selected, the Hide when finished option becomes available too (checked by default).

Minimize to tray when finished option will minimize the application to tray after the backup finishes. This option works only if the application was started by OTB. If the application was already open, the option does not work.


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