Tutorial

Listed below are the main types of functionality Automatic USB Backup supports. If these do not cover the way you would like to use the software please email us a suggestion!

 

Typical Usage Scenarios

1. Backup Local Files and Folders to USB

Backup copies your files or folders from your local drive (usually your computer's hard disk) to your USB device.

 

2. Backup USB Drive to Local Computer
Backup copies your files or folders already on your USB drive to your computer's hard disk.

3. Sync Files and Folders between your two or more computers
In this mode, you can Synchronize your works documents between your home PC and your works PC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Backup Local Files and Folders to USB Drive

Backup copies your files or folders from your local drive (usually your computer's hard disk) to your USB device.

1. User setup for the first time

 After you finished the program installation, and then a "Configuration Wizard" windows will pop up, please click the "Next" button to go to the  "Automatic Action" windows (see below image).

Please select the first checkbox - "Backup Local Drive" then click the "Next" button to go to the next windows.

In the select windows, click the Folders or Files which you want to backup from the directory Tree. See below:

2. Add some new files or folders to your Backup Archived

If the program has already works well in "Backup Local files to USB" mode, but you have some new files or folders which are not coverage into your current Backup configuration files, and you want to add them into your current Backup Archived. Please follow the below steps:

Please enter into the" Advanced Mode", then open the "Files to Backup/Sync" windows, click the checkbox to select what you want to add.

3. Change your Backup Type

If you have setup the program to do some other Backup Type, like  "Backup USB to Local" or "Sync" etc , but now, you want to change it into the "Backup Local Files to USB" mode, please follow the below instructions.

Open the  "Actions" windows in Advanced mode, then select the "Backup" and "Backup Local Files to USB", please see the below image.

More backup behavior descriptions:

In "Type of backup action" you can change your backup behavior.

Incremental - Overwrite older items - only new or updated items are copied to the archive.

Complete - Overwrite all items - every local items is copied to the archive. Those items that already exist in the archive are overwritten.

New - Copy only new items - files are never deleted or overwritten from the archive. Only files on the local drive that do not exist in the archive are copied over.

From Scratch - Delete existing archive, then copy  - in this mode the archive is completely deleted from the USB device, and the local files are copied over producing a fresh new archive (slow).

4. Check your Backup Archived

or from windows files explorer to check your USB drive.


 

 

How to Backup Files from USB Drive to Local Computer

Backup copies your files or folders from your USB device to local hard disk.

1. User setup for the first time

 After you finished the program installation, and then a "Configuration Wizard" windows will pop up. Please click the "Next" button to go to the  "Automatic Action" windows (see below image).

Please select the second checkbox - "Backup USB Drive" then click the "Next" button to go to the next windows.

In selected windows, just click what your want to do backup from the Directory Tree. Please see the below image.

2. Add some new files or folders to your Backup Archived

If the program has already works well in "Backup USB Drive" mode, but you have some new files or folders which not coverage into your current Backup configuration files, and you just want to add them into your old Backup Archived. Please follow the below:

Please enter into the" Advanced Mode", then open the "Files to Backup/Sync" windows, and click the checkbox to select what you want to add.

3. Change your Backup Type

If you have setup the program to do some other Backup Type, for example, "Backup Local Files to USB" or "Sync" etc, but now, you want to change it into the "Backup USB drive to Local", please follow the below instructions.

Open the  "Actions" windows in Advanced mode, then select the "Backup" and "Backup USB Drive to Local", please see the below image.

More backup behavior descriptions:

In "Type of backup action" you can change your backup behavior.

1. Incremental - backup only new and updated files on the USB drive to the local computer

2. Complete - backup all the files from the USB drive to the local computer - overwriting existing copies

3. Time Stamped - each time the USB drive is inserted into the computer a time-stamped directory containing the specified USB drive files will be created.
 

4. Check your Backup Archived

 

 

 

How to Sync files between two or more Computers

Sync Files and Folders between your two or more computers, for example, Sync your works documents between your home PC and your office PC.

A couple of things to note about Sync Mode:

1. It is extremely important in this mode to ensure all the computer's clocks are in synch.


2. For the first time user setup

 After you finished the program installation, and then a "Configuration Wizard" windows will pop up. Please click the "Next" button to go to the  "Automatic Action" windows (see below image).

Please select the third checkbox - "Synchronize" then click the "Next" button to go to the next windows - to select your Sync Files and Folders.

Please notes: in Sync mode the file locations must be the same across all computers you wish to sync. For example, if you want to sync "C:\My Documents" at your workplace, then at home you must be working in the "C:\My Documents" folder. If it is not possible to have the same path at both locations, create a directory common to both computer, say "c:\sync" (Please see the below image), and copy files to and from there that you wish to synchronize.

3. You must install Automatic USB Backup & Synchronize on all computers you wish to synchronize, and run the Drive Setup Wizard on each computers.