How to Make a One-Click Backup Button

  • Added:  2 years ago
  • In this video we'll be making a simple one-click backup button so that you can make data backups regularly with ease.

    Here's the button I used in this project:

    eBay US/Worldwide:

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    Also, here are some other buttons that are compatible with this project:

    OR for a 100% malware free installer use this:

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Comments: 545

  • Ramón BS
    Ramón BS 5 days ago


  • Steve Winsker
    Steve Winsker 19 days ago

    wow, thank you for your tipps and videos, a lot to learn :)

  • ben cos
    ben cos 20 days ago

    works perfectly tested it with SATA disk drive

  • stealz
    stealz 21 day ago

    My cable has 4 wires, what do I do?

  • ben cos
    ben cos 26 days ago

    thanks for the amazing idea:-)

  • Leon Meertens
    Leon Meertens 1 month ago

    now,dont forget to push that buttn or else you still don't have a backup ;-)

  • MikePlaysIt
    MikePlaysIt 1 month ago

    Uxcell makes a latching push button switch just like that, but it has an illuminated ring around the button that you can either wire to always be on, or to be on whenever the switch is activated. This particular one comes with blue illumination, but there are others with white or red. Don't know if they are DPDT though, which seems to be what is needed. I just purchased a SPDT mode made by Ulincos for wiring up some undercabinet LED strips. I like it because I can wire it so the illuminated ring is either always lit, or lit simply when the switch is activated. I'm going to wire it so that it's always illuminated that way the switch is easy to find in the dark.

  • MyBigThing2010
    MyBigThing2010 1 month ago

    hmmm...I thought "DP" meant something else this whole time haha...learn something new everyday I guess...

  • Matchlesmage0
    Matchlesmage0 1 month ago

    Or you could just use windows backup

  • Simon Nitzsche
    Simon Nitzsche 1 month ago

    I have the same UEFI :O

  • Jannis G
    Jannis G 1 month ago

    Very good video. :)

  • Brendan Tate
    Brendan Tate 1 month ago

    For the annoying bundled software there is a program called uncheck that will block those

  • James Walker
    James Walker 1 month ago

    This could actually be changed to make a key locked HDD.

  • Grease
    Grease 1 month ago


  • Mahmoud Mostafa
    Mahmoud Mostafa 1 month ago

    *Music* ... ALL OF IT!!!

  • soundcode024
    soundcode024 1 month ago

    Backup drive = 10yr old maxtor

    Well done.

  • bbpetrov
    bbpetrov 1 month ago

    LAMEST shit i've seen so far

  • spinner669
    spinner669 1 month ago

    Too much like work. Simple Data Backup does the same thing without all that work and can be configured to do it at the same time every day automatically. And it's FREE.

  • Yannik Zeier
    Yannik Zeier 1 month ago

    So please tell a thief to open your pc and remove the backup storage for you before he steals your pc ^^

  • Wilco Charlie
    Wilco Charlie 1 month ago

    Very Clever! Bravo :)

  • Dudefoxlive
    Dudefoxlive 1 month ago

    when you showed the laptop why did it have BIG and little icons on the taskbar? also how can i do that?

  • Qui Le
    Qui Le 1 month ago

    I recommend CrashPlan it backs up to any drive you configure on a constant schedule.

  • samonie67
    samonie67 1 month ago

    watch from 3:38 and it looks like a bomb disposal guide XD

  • Joseph Morales
    Joseph Morales 1 month ago

    DP has a lot of meanings

  • Jeff Rabbit
    Jeff Rabbit 1 month ago

    You know it's an old video when they don't tell you to click that bell icon.

  • Nissim Trifonov
    Nissim Trifonov 1 month ago

    Backing up to a hard drive which is INSIDE the computer is not useless, but it is pretty close! If something happens to the computer itself, be it a power surge or fire or a flood or whatever, both the main drive and the backup drive will die together. Backups should be stored on an external device, which is to be disconnected from the computer and stored in a different location, meaning another room or ideally not in the same building.

    • DIY Perks
      DIY Perks 1 month ago

      The point is that the drive is physically disconnected 98% of the time. This protects it from power surges, PSU failures, ransom ware etc. Pretty good for most people.

  • ChiTuSai
    ChiTuSai 1 month ago

    Very useful, as almost all your videos!
    I'm going to do that !

  • Lukas Murmann
    Lukas Murmann 1 month ago

    Or.. you know... just set up the drives in raid 1........

  • Jack Steamer
    Jack Steamer 1 month ago

    Darn i drilled right in to my hard drive.

  • Thatoneblackguy258
    Thatoneblackguy258 1 month ago

    Awesome solution to a problem we all have BUUT...why not just install a piece of software to automate this? This button still relies on the user to remember to press it ever so often.

  • La Technition TV
    La Technition TV 1 month ago


    i never backup my files

  • _ _
    _ _ 1 month ago

    how is the drive powered?

  • Stan Stelten
    Stan Stelten 1 month ago

    wow that cpu in that motherboard. what a waste of money on the mobo

  • Nexus Seth
    Nexus Seth 1 month ago

    Can you open subtitles made by community ? I would like to make the french one.

  • The Nurdeyest
    The Nurdeyest 1 month ago

    You could retail this to PC manufacturers, and personal builders, this would be an amazing product, I would purchase it!

  • Meep AMV
    Meep AMV 1 month ago

    Can this be done on a NAS server? :)

  • Meep AMV
    Meep AMV 1 month ago

    What if I don't have amultimeter?

  • Imploment
    Imploment 1 month ago

    On some motherboards it is called external sata.

  • Kellin Quinn
    Kellin Quinn 1 month ago

    Easy solution: software scheduling. That way all you need to do is check that it's working every so often.

  • Daniel Cote
    Daniel Cote 1 month ago - SyncToy

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    So theoretically, you can also, when you press the button before boot, have the pc boot off of the 2nd drive?

  • Keith Stanley
    Keith Stanley 1 month ago

    DIY Perks I have installed the software on a Windows 7 laptop and I get an error message every time it tries to write a log. Any suggestions? Your tutorials are great and a pleasure to watch, please keep up the great work.

  • share apps3
    share apps3 1 month ago

    Respect for your tweaks :D

  • Harry Tsang
    Harry Tsang 2 months ago

    Use a 24-7 connected Arduino to turn it to turn on for 10 mins, then make a shortcut of that single function.

  • Ahmad Muraish
    Ahmad Muraish 2 months ago

    I want to work for you...

  • larrisAWSOME
    larrisAWSOME 2 months ago

    Definitely something I'm going to add to my new computer when I start building at the end of the year. Fantastic guide, I will be using a homebrew software however instead of FreeFileSync

  • Anthony Pruden
    Anthony Pruden 2 months ago

    so amazing

  • The Funkalizer
    The Funkalizer 2 months ago

    When it does the backup, will it update the old info in place of the new info? Great video btw.

  • Anh Triệu
    Anh Triệu 2 months ago

    Now I need a One-Click Wiping Button in case the authority storm my place. ^.^

  • Dorian Graczyk
    Dorian Graczyk 2 months ago

    Can you make diy iCloud/ google drive?
    I have like 5 old harddisk just laying not being used but I would like to have a personal own iCloud

  • Sourabh Ansu
    Sourabh Ansu 2 months ago


  • Jayystar
    Jayystar 2 months ago

    i love this channel also your voice is so awesome

  • Random Ryan
    Random Ryan 2 months ago

    Can also be done with a USB drive and no button.

  • Dawid Strządała
    Dawid Strządała 2 months ago

    U have be same pc case :D

  • Jakeyosaurus
    Jakeyosaurus 2 months ago

    Your videos make me feel warm and relaxed <3

  • Exploding Melon
    Exploding Melon 3 months ago

    "inanatha" 8:58

  • Andrew Smart
    Andrew Smart 3 months ago

    I found it so funny when you soldered the led, and while inserting the sexual music started playing!

  • Benjo
    Benjo 3 months ago

    Absolutely awesome. A small tip for you to do in the future: you could use heat shrinkable isolation tape. Just heat it up and it looks much neater and grasps tight to whatever youre insulating

  • Kao Neu
    Kao Neu 3 months ago

    the importance of backups can't be understated lol

  • N8M8 Gaming
    N8M8 Gaming 3 months ago

    Can I do this if my computer has a Solid state Drive(SSD)?

  • randomher089
    randomher089 3 months ago

    Could you make this work from one computer to another? I want to keep a backup server in my garage as it's separated from my house but connected via LAN.

  • Alex Auman
    Alex Auman 3 months ago

    Hi! Love your videos, this is the first one that I decided to try myself. Here's my question, the button that I bought has 6 connectors coming out of the back instead of the 8 on the button that you used. When you wired up the red wires, you said to repeat it in the exact same way so I assume that the other two connectors on your button are also connected when the button is pressed? If that's the case, could I simply use the same connector for both the yellow and red wires? I understand that one yellow wire must go on one connector and the other must go on the other (whichever is connected while the button is pressed), but is it possible for the red and yellow wires to share the same one? I tried this at home and I fail to boot whenever power is given to the device, pressed or not. Thanks for any help in advance!

  • Bill Overbeck
    Bill Overbeck 4 months ago

    Could I use a 12v ignition system lock switch from a car? I'd like to have a key instead of a button.

    • Dan Slotea
      Dan Slotea 3 months ago

      Bill Overbeck not directly, that's for a single pole. you will need to add two relays.

    GUNVALKERIE 4 months ago

    For years I have been waiting for this

  • Giacomo Arcuri
    Giacomo Arcuri 4 months ago

    Did you ever get any filesystem corruption after shutting down the drive without unmounting it? I would really consider this, especially for a backup drive.

    • protator
      protator 4 months ago

      if you don't sync large amounts of data you could simply deactivate the write buffer of your backup hdd.
      But then again reducing write performance would probably cost you more time than three mouse clicks to unmount the drive.
      I've never had filesystem errors after hotswapping, but if the data is important unmounting a drive properly is probably best ( it's basicly a "flush buffer and shut down" command )

  • Cojax Gormacules
    Cojax Gormacules 4 months ago

    What part of the UK are you from?

  • Zibertronics
    Zibertronics 4 months ago

    excelent vídeo

  • Jaxon Wright
    Jaxon Wright 4 months ago

    SHRINKWRAP... sorry, just looks so much better hahaha

  • Rene Hupfer
    Rene Hupfer 4 months ago

    oh yeah you use that nut to put it in place.

  • Rene Hupfer
    Rene Hupfer 4 months ago

    Time Machine ftw.

  • SilverLambda
    SilverLambda 4 months ago

    Can someone tell me the name of the background music? Thanks

  • Rex Transformation
    Rex Transformation 4 months ago

    You are the first I use the notification bell in YouTube, and I've subscribed to a lot of people. But you take the cake! Bravo!

    I just enjoy your vids, that's all! :)

  • Macovei Vlad
    Macovei Vlad 4 months ago

    This mode of backup does not protect against accidental file deletion. If you delete a file by mistake and want to recover it form the backup the moment you connect the drive the file is also deleted from the backup.

    • TheMovieCraftStudios
      TheMovieCraftStudios 4 months ago

      That would indeed be very neat :D

    • Macovei Vlad
      Macovei Vlad 4 months ago

      TheMovieCraftStudios That is true. It would be neater to have a arm switch (like in fighter jets) or rotary switch that would connect the HDD in one position and in another position would initiate the backup process. But that would require a hacked usb gamepad or keyboard to run a macro to run the software.

    • TheMovieCraftStudios
      TheMovieCraftStudios 4 months ago

      Not necessarily, you would just have to remember to stop the backup software before pressing the "backup" button, as then the backup process would not start and you can use the drive just like any other old hdd.

  • Kuzey Vural
    Kuzey Vural 4 months ago

    Can someone tell me name of the first song on the background?

    • Chris Cole
      Chris Cole 2 months ago

      +Kuzey Vural thanks :)

    • Kuzey Vural
      Kuzey Vural 3 months ago

      Yep I did "Otis McDonald - Not For Nothing"

    • Chris Cole
      Chris Cole 3 months ago

      did you figure out what it was

    • Kuzey Vural
      Kuzey Vural 4 months ago

      +AES DESIGNS thanks a lot!!!!

      AES DESIGNS 4 months ago

      Kuzey Vural darude sandstorm

  • SerPip
    SerPip 4 months ago

    I'm assuming I could follow most of the steps in the video to make a switch just to power some harddrives that I don't always use to reduce the noise of my system?

  • Dylan Kirdahy
    Dylan Kirdahy 4 months ago

    This is really clever. I've been really enjoying your videos since I found your channel a couple days ago

  • TroyRedstone
    TroyRedstone 4 months ago

    The program shows up as FFS.


  • Arif Hassan
    Arif Hassan 5 months ago

    i really like ur vifeo can u tell the soundtrack name if your video 2:16-4:10

  • Furious Guy
    Furious Guy 5 months ago

    WOW!! This nigga is SMART!

  • John Breslin
    John Breslin 5 months ago

    For adding protection against drive failure you should use raid 1 or 10(faster, more expensive)
    Back ups drives should ideally be stored in a different location from your computer. A back up should get you going again if you are infected by viruses or ransomware but it should also protect against physical harm such as theft or fire.

  • Kari Sinkko
    Kari Sinkko 5 months ago

    I use MS Synctoy 2.1 still works.

  • Iky piky
    Iky piky 5 months ago

    google drive 2$ 100gb ...

  • gaming wolf
    gaming wolf 5 months ago

    What about win 8.1 or10

  • Noah McKee
    Noah McKee 6 months ago

    don't get me wrong, its really cool. but setting up a raid 2 would be mutch easier. wouldn't protect you from ransom ware, though.

  • DoomFinger511
    DoomFinger511 6 months ago

    That whole button setup is unnecessary. You should always be backing up. It's easier to just connect a regular hard drive into the computer, install that software and have it running all the time. Then EVERY file you save or delete will ALWAYS be backed up with not additional effort.

    • עידן בר
      עידן בר 5 months ago

      DoomFinger511 the problem is that if you have a Ransomware on your computer it will also encrypt your backed up files, but if your backup HD was powered off the Ransomware wouldn't do anything to your backup HD, so the button is not just to make you remember to backup your file, it's also giving you a layer of protection against Ransomware and other kind of viruses that destroy any data that is connected to your computer.

  • iSonikYT
    iSonikYT 6 months ago

    Kinda did this with Hdparm in Windows. Dismounting and silencing my INTERNAL Backup HDD.

    I programmed a script to mount the HDD then start the Back UP (with FFS).
    As soon as the Back up finishes the Script automaticly Spinsdown the HDD and dismounts it again.

    • iSonikYT
      iSonikYT 6 months ago

      Sure! First you need to download hdparm for windows (since its only native to linux): (Download the correct one)

      You then need to write a cmd (as admin) with cd "wherever you installed hdparm" (e.g C:\ Program Files\hdparm\). as 2nd Line you need to use hdparm -y hdx

      X stands for your drive. If you want to silence your first drive, Use hda, your second drive hdb, and so on. I have 4 drives and i wanted to silence my 4th drive, so i used hdd.

      Be careful. Because its an ADMIN-Tool you can permanently damage your HDD.

      Want to do this with one click? Create a Batch-File with these commands

    • DoktorFaust20
      DoktorFaust20 6 months ago

      Hi, i dont know how to use HDparm. Could you tell me some steps to configure a script like yours?

  • Stainless
    Stainless 6 months ago

    can you diy a key swith to turn on your pc instead of just a button?

  • hellcat1988
    hellcat1988 6 months ago

    Another way to do this with an external drive for both towers and laptops would be to buy a cheap usb3 to sata cable and set up the software on an ssd for backups. The usb interface provides enough power to run most ssd on the market and it removes the "hot swap" steps. It's also much faster and more reliable than a hard drive as it is MUCH harder to cause damage to the drive or have data loss as long as you plug it in every few weeks or months.

    I'm sure most people would back up their date more often than that, but I have heard some data can be lost over time on an ssd if it's not powered for extended periods of time.

  • Pedro A. Guardado
    Pedro A. Guardado 6 months ago

    Where do i put the BatchRun for the Startup in Windows 8.1??

    • emankcin
      emankcin 6 months ago

      Pedro A. Guardado Or press Windows + R and type shell:startup into the window, which popped up. Press enter and the autostart folder pops up.

    • Un7ucky
      Un7ucky 6 months ago

      search for "startup" in the start bar, it should find it

  • steven see
    steven see 6 months ago

    can someone pls draw a 2d map of the wiring?

  • M. A. Kader Jibon
    M. A. Kader Jibon 6 months ago


  • Stuart Mortimore
    Stuart Mortimore 6 months ago

    2:29 could a SATA adapter with an orange wire (I think it's for 3.3 V) be used as well?

  • Sara J
    Sara J 6 months ago

    can you make a mac book version of this?

  • Stuart Mortimore
    Stuart Mortimore 6 months ago

    Hi, great project. Just wondering if the switch you used is a DPDT? Or is it just DPST? It's kind of hard to find information about these things. Also, could you consider doing another video on exactly which poles you connected the wires to?

  • Malik Chaabane
    Malik Chaabane 6 months ago

    I don't need a backup drive but it worth a try :)

    LJGABY 6 months ago

    Woah! Nice, never thought about this auto-bkp using an external mod thing haha
    I usually do it manually

  • emil halttu
    emil halttu 6 months ago

    that is cool

  • SuperRiki81
    SuperRiki81 7 months ago

    (Beavis like laugh) hhehehehehehehehehehheehheeheheheehehehehehehheheheheeehhehehehehehehehheeheh "DP"

  • Jeong-hun Sin
    Jeong-hun Sin 7 months ago

    I have always wanted a hardware solution that can turn HDD on/off and provides a simple API for that, like "bool turn_disk(bool on)". I could not find any. The ones I could find only a hardware button for that, making it useless for a remote server.

    • kragon
      kragon 6 months ago

      Jeong-hun Sin:
      try an internal USB port, an Arduino and two mosfets for switching the power.done correctly it can be controlled by a serial terminal.

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