How to Make a One-Click Backup Button

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:

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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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Author MikePlaysIt ( 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.

Author MyBigThing2010 ( ago)
hmmm...I thought "DP" meant something else this whole time haha...learn something new everyday I guess...

Author Matchlesmage0 ( ago)
Or you could just use windows backup

Author COOLGAMETUBE ( ago)
I have the same UEFI :O

Author Jannis G ( ago)
Very good video. :)

Author Brendan Tate ( ago)
For the annoying bundled software there is a program called uncheck that will block those

Author James Walker ( ago)
This could actually be changed to make a key locked HDD.

Author Stolen And Altered ( ago)

Author Mahmoud Mostafa ( ago)
*Music* ... ALL OF IT!!!

Author soundcode024 ( ago)
Backup drive = 10yr old maxtor

Well done.

Author bbpetrov ( ago)
LAMEST shit i've seen so far

Author spinner669 ( 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.

Author Yannik Zeier ( ago)
So please tell a thief to open your pc and remove the backup storage for you before he steals your pc ^^

Author Wilco Charlie ( ago)
Very Clever! Bravo :)

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

Author Qui Le ( ago)
I recommend CrashPlan it backs up to any drive you configure on a constant schedule.

Author Hacked by Meazys.q ( ago)
watch from 3:38 and it looks like a bomb disposal guide XD

Author Joseph Morales ( ago)
DP has a lot of meanings

Author Jeff Rabbit ( ago)
You know it's an old video when they don't tell you to click that bell icon.

Author Nissim Trifonov ( 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.

Author ChiTuSai ( ago)
Very useful, as almost all your videos!
I'm going to do that !

Author Lukas Murmann ( ago)
Or.. you know... just set up the drives in raid 1........

Author Jack Steamer ( ago)
Darn i drilled right in to my hard drive.

Author Thatoneblackguy258 ( 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.

Author La Technition TV ( ago)

i never backup my files

Author _ _ ( ago)
how is the drive powered?

Author Stan Stelten ( ago)
wow that cpu in that motherboard. what a waste of money on the mobo

Author Nexus Seth ( ago)
Can you open subtitles made by community ? I would like to make the french one.

Author The Nurdeyest ( ago)
You could retail this to PC manufacturers, and personal builders, this would be an amazing product, I would purchase it!

Author Meep AMV ( ago)
Can this be done on a NAS server? :)

Author Meep AMV ( ago)
What if I don't have amultimeter?

Author Imploment ( ago)
On some motherboards it is called external sata.

Author Kellin Quinn ( ago)
Easy solution: software scheduling. That way all you need to do is check that it's working every so often.

Author Daniel Cote ( ago) - SyncToy

Author Gamebit Gaming // Letsplays and tech tutorials ( ago)
So theoretically, you can also, when you press the button before boot, have the pc boot off of the 2nd drive?

Author Keith Stanley ( 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.

Author ben cos ( ago)
the free file sync program is not compatible with my pc??

Author share apps3 ( ago)
Respect for your tweaks :D

Author Harry Tsang ( ago)
Use a 24-7 connected Arduino to turn it to turn on for 10 mins, then make a shortcut of that single function.

Author Ahmad Muraish ( ago)
I want to work for you...

Author larrisAWSOME ( 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

Author Anthony Pruden ( ago)
so amazing

Author The Funkalizer ( ago)
When it does the backup, will it update the old info in place of the new info? Great video btw.

Author Anh Triệu ( ago)
Now I need a One-Click Wiping Button in case the authority storm my place. ^.^

Author Dorian Graczyk ( 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

Author Sourabh Ansu ( ago)

Author Jayystar ( ago)
i love this channel also your voice is so awesome

Author Random Ryan ( ago)
Can also be done with a USB drive and no button.

Author Dawid Strządała ( ago)
U have be same pc case :D

Author Jakeyosaurus ( ago)
Your videos make me feel warm and relaxed <3

Author Exploding Melon ( ago)
"inanatha" 8:58

Author Andrew Smart ( ago)
I found it so funny when you soldered the led, and while inserting the sexual music started playing!

Author Benjo ( 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

Author Kao Neu ( ago)
the importance of backups can't be understated lol

Author N8M8 Gaming ( ago)
Can I do this if my computer has a Solid state Drive(SSD)?

Author randomher089 ( 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.

Author Alex Auman ( 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!

Author Bill Overbeck ( ago)
Could I use a 12v ignition system lock switch from a car? I'd like to have a key instead of a button.

Author GUNVALKERIE ( ago)
For years I have been waiting for this

Author Giacomo Arcuri ( 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.

Author Cojax Gormacules ( ago)
What part of the UK are you from?

Author Zibertronics ( ago)
excelent vídeo

Author Jaxon Wright ( ago)
SHRINKWRAP... sorry, just looks so much better hahaha

Author Rene Hupfer ( ago)
oh yeah you use that nut to put it in place.

Author Rene Hupfer ( ago)
Time Machine ftw.

Author SilverLambda ( ago)
Can someone tell me the name of the background music? Thanks

Author Rex Transformation ( 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! :)

Author Macovei Vlad ( 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.

Author Kuzey Vural ( ago)
Can someone tell me name of the first song on the background?

Author SerPip ( 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?

Author Dylan Kirdahy ( ago)
This is really clever. I've been really enjoying your videos since I found your channel a couple days ago

Author TroyRedstone ( ago)
The program shows up as FFS.


Author Arif Hassan ( ago)
i really like ur vifeo can u tell the soundtrack name if your video 2:16-4:10

Author Fåd Def ( ago)
WOW!! This nigga is SMART!

Author John Breslin ( 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.

Author Kari Sinkko ( ago)
I use MS Synctoy 2.1 still works.

Author Iky piky ( ago)
google drive 2$ 100gb ...

Author gaming wolf ( ago)
What about win 8.1 or10

Author Noah McKee ( 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.

Author DoomFinger511 ( 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.

Author iSonikYT ( 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.

Author Stainless ( ago)
can you diy a key swith to turn on your pc instead of just a button?

Author hellcat1988 ( 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.

Author Pedro A. Guardado ( ago)
Where do i put the BatchRun for the Startup in Windows 8.1??

Author steven see ( ago)
can someone pls draw a 2d map of the wiring?

Author M. A. Kader Jibon ( ago)

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

Author Sara J ( ago)
can you make a mac book version of this?

Author Stuart Mortimore ( 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?

Author Malik Chaabane ( ago)
I don't need a backup drive but it worth a try :)

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

Author emil halttu ( ago)
that is cool

Author SuperRiki81 ( ago)
(Beavis like laugh) hhehehehehehehehehehheehheeheheheehehehehehehheheheheeehhehehehehehehehheeheh "DP"

Author Jeong-hun Sin ( 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.

Author Angad Singh ( ago)
Nothing for mac???

Author QFG ( ago)
what laptop is that

Author Doc842 ( ago)
but just cutting power to the harddrive isnt good? same thing as pulling the power to the computer

Author Alex Wielinga ( ago)
For yu tu chuse from. xD So British!

Author Carlo Dimaandal ( ago)
but wont this program run every time I plug in any new drive?

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