How to Automatically Back Up your Files Locally

Blue Screen of death. A computer crashes without saving and you lose all your work. Those are scary thoughts for many of us. Thankfully, now with GoodSync, you don’t have to fear such things.

You can set GoodSync to automatically back up all of your hard work to a local save device, such as USB or external hard drive. You can also use it to back up to the cloud, but there are better options for that which I’ll discuss in another tutorial. This tutorial will teach you how to back up locally, either to another location on your PC, a USB or an external hard drive, and then set it to automatic pilot so you never have to manually control backups ever again.

Backing Up Locally

  1. When you open GoodSync for the first time, it will come up with a screen like the one below. Enter a Job name (I name it after the folder I’m backing up + the word ‘backup’ so ‘Personal Backup’ etc)
    testBackup
  2. Once you have entered a job name, select ‘Backup’ to back up your files, then click ‘OK’
  3. You will notice there are now two different ‘Browse’ buttons. One on the left, and one on the right. The one on the left is to select the files you want to backup. The one on the right is to choose where you want to back them up to.
    selectPersonalFilesSelect the ‘Browse’ button on the left and choose your folder that you want to back up, which should have all of your other files and folders in it. You can only back up one main folder at a time, but you can set up multiple jobs to backup multiple folders.
    selectMainFolderFrom
  4. Have ‘My Computer’ selected on the left side – don’t worry about the other options. Then on the right,browse through your computer folders like you normally would to find the folder you want to back up.
  5. When you have found the main folder you want to back up, select the folder and press ‘OK’.
  6. Next, select the browse button on the right, to choose where you want to back up your files to.
  7. browseRightAgain, have ‘My Computer’ on the left selected. This time on the right we will browse through folders like we normally would, but choose the location you want to back the files up too. If it’s an external hard drive or USB, find the device and select it. See how I have selected my USB below? Although I recommend an external Hard Drive over a USB as a back up source – this is just an example.
  8. selectDestinationWhen you have selected it, press ‘OK’.
  9. A little message might pop up about naming the ‘File Path Destination’. Just press ‘OK’.
  10. Now, press ‘Analyse’. It will analyse the files and folders that you want to back up and prepare itself to backup.
    analyse
  11. When it’s finished analysing, press ‘Sync’, beside ‘Analyse’. Pressing ‘Sync’ is telling the computer to start the backup process.

How to Automatically Backup your Files

Once you’ve set a job to back up your files, you now need to make it happen automatically in the future. This is simple.

  1. While still inside your job, look for the ‘Auto’ button next to ‘Sync’ and ‘Clear’. Press ‘Auto’.
    auto
  2. On the next screen you will select how often you want it to automatically back up. Below are the preferences I use. I recommend doing it periodically and when GoodSync starts.
    automateBackup
  3. Once you have selected your options, press ‘Save’.
  4. Now it’s set to back up automatically. One thing to remember though is that it will only back up when GoodSync is open, and by default GoodSync doesn’t start with windows. To completely automate your backing up, we need GoodSync to start when windows starts. This is simple.
  5. Go to ‘Tools’ up the top menu screen and select ‘Program Options’ like in the image below.
    toolsProgramOptions
  6. Finally, tick the box which says, ‘Start GoodSync on Windows start’, like below. Then press ‘Save’.
    startGoodSyngonWindowsStart
  7. Now you’re fully automated! It will automatically back up for you so long as your storage device is plugged in.

You’re finished! That’s all the basics you need to know to create your own automated backup system. Back up those files with GoodSync! 🙂

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