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:

eBay US/Worldwide: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5575117832&toolid=10001&campid=5337657473&customid=&icep_uq=latching+Push+DPDT+Brass+Switch+22Z&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

eBay UK: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5575117832&toolid=10001&campid=5337657473&customid=&icep_uq=latching+Push+DPDT+Brass+Switch+22Z&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

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


FreeFileSync: http://www.freefilesync.org
OR for a 100% malware free installer use this: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-WzRpdWmGhjZjVOd3cxb2Y0bFk

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Автор Ahmad Muraish ( назад)
I want to work for you...

Автор larrisAWSOME ( назад)
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

Автор Anthony Pruden ( назад)
so amazing

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

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

Автор Dorian Graczyk ( назад)
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

Автор Sourabh Ansu ( назад)

Автор Jayesh Gamare ( назад)
i love this channel also your voice is so awesome

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

Автор Dawid Strządała ( назад)
U have be same pc case :D

Автор Jakeyosaurus ( назад)
Your videos make me feel warm and relaxed <3

Автор Exploding Melon ( назад)
"inanatha" 8:58

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

Автор Benjo ( назад)
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

Автор Kao Neu ( назад)
the importance of backups can't be understated lol

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

Автор randomher089 ( назад)
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.

Автор Alex Auman ( назад)
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!

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

Автор GUNVALKERIE ( назад)
For years I have been waiting for this

Автор Giacomo Arcuri ( назад)
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.

Автор Cojax Gormacules ( назад)
What part of the UK are you from?

Автор Zibertronics ( назад)
excelent vídeo

Автор Jaxon Wright ( назад)
SHRINKWRAP... sorry, just looks so much better hahaha

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

Автор Rene Hupfer ( назад)
Time Machine ftw.

Автор SilverLambda ( назад)
Can someone tell me the name of the background music? Thanks

Автор Rex Transformation ( назад)
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! :)

Автор Macovei Vlad ( назад)
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.

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

Автор SerPip ( назад)
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?

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

Автор TroyRedstone ( назад)
The program shows up as FFS.


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

Автор Fåd Def ( назад)
WOW!! This nigga is SMART!

Автор John Breslin ( назад)
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.

Автор Kari Sinkko ( назад)
I use MS Synctoy 2.1 still works.

Автор Iky piky ( назад)
google drive 2$ 100gb ...

Автор gaming wolf ( назад)
What about win 8.1 or10

Автор Noah McKee ( назад)
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.

Автор DoomFinger511 ( назад)
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.

Автор iSonikYT ( назад)
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.

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

Автор hellcat1988 ( назад)
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.

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

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

Автор M. A. Kader Jibon ( назад)

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

Автор Sara J ( назад)
can you make a mac book version of this?

Автор Stuart Mortimore ( назад)
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?

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

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

Автор emil halttu ( назад)
that is cool

Автор SuperRiki81 ( назад)
(Beavis like laugh) hhehehehehehehehehehheehheeheheheehehehehehehheheheheeehhehehehehehehehheeheh "DP"

Автор Jeong-hun Sin ( назад)
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.

Автор Angad Singh ( назад)
Nothing for mac???

Автор QFG ( назад)
what laptop is that

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

Автор Alex Wielinga ( назад)
For yu tu chuse from. xD So British!

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

Автор citruscyanide ( назад)
This was really intriguing, until you told me that i needed to run another program on startup. I deliberately disable everything not imminently essential on startup, to speed up boot times and clear CPU. Guess i'll just stick to manual backups...

Sweet vid though!

Автор miiiikku ( назад)
If you have two hard drives you could use Filehistory.

Автор Elias Van Loon ( назад)
would this also work as a power button?

Автор martin brimble ( назад)
I like the video, do you know the name of the music, standard YouTube track?..?

Автор Ade Cole ( назад)
I,m going use this to make a secret porn HDD for all my filthy Asa Akira movies,then hiding the button underneath the PC!!

Thanks dude you're my Porn Guardian!!

Автор bsktbllboy12 ( назад)
Could I do kinda the opposite and have the files that need to be backed up, my phone, so that when I plug in my phone, it backs that up to a hard drive that I can turn off and on at my disposal? in other words, hard drive is in my computer with the button off, I turn it on, and plug my phone in and have my phone mirror to the hard drive?

Автор TechlyTV ( назад)
whats the music on 2:30?

Автор Oihane Mariñelarena ( назад)
I love you, too complicated for meT_T

Автор Jaden S. ( назад)
too bad you used a moulded sata power adapter.. so your backup drive is going to get melted and destroyed when the adapter fails and your ground and 5v pins get a nice healthy dose of 12v.

Автор kennedy cheskaki ( назад)
I think a good backup button needs an extra microcontroller attached to the pc.

Автор kennedy cheskaki ( назад)
Make sure you have proper grounding i.e when you touch your chasis you get a small shock(bad grounding).Bad grounding and naked wires will permanently destroy your harddrives pcbs or your pc's motherboard.

Автор sauroborsi ( назад)
May I ask you the name of the soundtrack of this video ?

Автор Soham Ray ( назад)
Oh ..... you are genius man.

Автор yippee ki yay ( назад)
external and software mode ez/better

Автор VailedFool333 ( назад)
Can I use a script instead of the software he used? Don't really trust random software, especially ones that try to install random adware.

Автор Norez Rodrigo ( назад)
Music title at 2:50?Not Darude:)

Автор Stiderspace ( назад)
definitely going to use this for my new build

Автор Kavaeron ( назад)
You are a God.

Автор Divanniy Startaper ( назад)
why u need a button if u can do backups automatically by sync every night (or every few hours)?

Автор Martha Baker ( назад)
I feel like I learned more useful information and skills with the videos on this awesome channel than I did in my entire university career.

Автор MiBxItchy ( назад)

Автор Robert C ( назад)
A very impressive and user-friendly idea, and protects the backup drive against RansomWare as you say. The only comment I would make is regarding the soldering quality, especially at 3:15 - in this example, the wire was clearly moving as the solder cooled, which will lead to a poor joint. To ensure the best quality joints, all the items to be soldered should be held together mechanically (not by human hands), and then the soldering iron and fresh solder applied simultaneously to all the items. In some examples here, existing solder was being reheated, which will lead to poor joints; you can see at 3:26 that a "tail" forms as the iron is pulled away, meaning that the solder is becoming "dry" and the joint will be weak. Hope this helps.

Автор Jack Joseph ( назад)
Mac OS X already has this built in

Автор David Bilia ( назад)
If I have a raid 0 aray of 2 2tb drives striped together and I use a 4tb hard drive for the backup drive will it work

Автор Pang Christian ( назад)
hmmm... the music track is familiar

Автор Themoigt ( назад)
For the ones using other versions of windows, you can acces the start folder by putting the following code in the execute window pressing the windows + r keys on your computer, the code is shell:startup.
Sorry for bad english, not my native languaje

Автор Axel Sandin-Pekka ( назад)
Still trusting my 7 year old server hdd.

Автор Ahmed Moussa ( назад)
does anyone knows the music used in this video??

Автор Korisniknovi ( назад)
Great tutorial Matt, and really useful too.
I was about to do it myself and then realized that my motherboard supports this thing exactly, out of the box.

However, I do have problems with Free File Sync.
So, I connected my backup drive to motherboard and turning it on/off, works well.

The problem is that nothing happens when I turn drive on.
When I hover the tray icon, it says "Waiting until all directories are available...".
I've checked folders and they all seem to be there.
Both source and destination.

Автор Carlos Rallo Badet ( назад)
This guy is Macgyver!! Amazing!

Автор Jannah Fashions ( назад)
Get a Mac!!

Автор Alejandro Ferrari ( назад)
I could listen to you talk, forever! :D

Автор The Galactic Void ( назад)
Is there any way to do the button backup without soldering?

Автор ArcSmith ( назад)
What if I used a clapper circuit instead of a button?

Автор Ajay Abu ( назад)
hi man thanks for idea... can u tell where I can get sata to USB...which u have telling in this video..

Автор INVISIBLE SUN ( назад)
DBDT key switch... would be bad ass

Автор Tie C ( назад)
will the software work with a raid 0 or raid 1 setup?

Автор Games Gorceski ( назад)
Great tutorial!Whats that music at 0:08?

Автор David O ( назад)
Not bad, but how you solve parking heads of disk?

Автор ShadowSlayer ( назад)
Well done sir, just well done...

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