How to Make a One-Click Backup Button

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  • SAM X 2.0
    SAM X 2.0 6 days ago


  • Thomas Jansen
    Thomas Jansen 16 days ago

    DP is not only double pole....

  • Prince Westerburg
    Prince Westerburg 20 days ago

    Shrink wrap dear boy, not electrical tape that undoes, SHRINK WRAP!!! 8/10, must try harder [mutter, mutter]...

  • Rev_dude
    Rev_dude Month ago +1

    I love the way you say button!

  • simsunas
    simsunas Month ago

    Nice. I just use always connected hard drive and Synkron software which backups everything in background every period that I have set up :)

  • Thomas Mears
    Thomas Mears Month ago

    Would you turn the music track down?

  • djteac
    djteac 2 months ago

    Uhm... You should disable write caching for your Backupdrive, or you might damage the MFT on it by simply turning it off.
    Same goes for external drives, or you can also dismount them with "Remove Safely" (or whatever its called in english).
    I've had to deal with enough drives, that were hot swap enabled, with corrupted MFTs.
    If there is any writing action still going on, which might take LONGER than what you see with your backup tool, you might create corruption.
    There is a reason Safe Removal was added to Windows.
    If you disable the write cache for a drive btw, you don't need to safely remove it once data transfer is completed.

  • Maisonier
    Maisonier 2 months ago

    Is Free File Sync the best free software to backup?

  • Taco J
    Taco J 2 months ago

    You know mirror mode is really not usefull because if you accidentally delete a important folder and then connect the backup disk the program will automatically delete the folder on the backup... so just remove the trashcan icon on the settings

    • Saad Ghandour
      Saad Ghandour 6 days ago

      Taco J for that to dont happen use the manuel copy in combination with the mirror mode, it mean the program wont start copiyng directly once ur backup drive is plugged... Like you said "automatically" , change it to manual copiyng, dats simple...

    • Taco J
      Taco J 2 months ago


  • Michael Stoneham
    Michael Stoneham 2 months ago

    I have seen the exact same switch you use here with a built in light.

  • Michael Stoneham
    Michael Stoneham 2 months ago

    Is there a similar app for Linux that I can use.

  • Ryan Toomey
    Ryan Toomey 3 months ago

    Some external hard drives and enclosures include a "one-touch" backup button.

  • Zimma Framez
    Zimma Framez 3 months ago

    It's like electronics porn... with accompanying music!

  • MoistGoat
    MoistGoat 3 months ago

    I used a raspberry pi and rsync
    I mean, if there is a fire, I can just take that and not worry.

  • J. Carv
    J. Carv 3 months ago

    can you make an update video?

  • Jonas Ebel
    Jonas Ebel 4 months ago

    Does this work with Windows 10?

  • Strappy
    Strappy 4 months ago

    Hey DIY Perks, is it possible to reverse the data stream and make it so that every time you plug the hard drive in, it dumps all the data from that drive onto a similar folder. For instance if you wanted to make it so every time you plug in an sd card, it dumps all the picture files into a folder on your computer?

  • TheVividYoshi
    TheVividYoshi 4 months ago

    I actually kinda prefer using a USB disk that you just plug in to backup. It means that, if you need to leave your house in a hurry and can't dig the hard disk out of your computer, you can just grab your backup drive, and have all your files with you.

  • AllradKarre
    AllradKarre 4 months ago

    Works well thx 😜

  • Sam Jackson
    Sam Jackson 4 months ago

    Thanks for the inspiration, I am now going to try to DIY something on my PC.
    You know the aircraft-style missile launching flip switches? I am modding one of those as the backup button :)

  • Nate E
    Nate E 4 months ago

    battleblock theatre music, i like it

  • Eudald
    Eudald 4 months ago

    What iiiif... You just schedule it...?

  • Herobrine Player
    Herobrine Player 5 months ago

    I lost all of my data from a drive issue, lol, but my laptop was unusable to add this thou, so there goes everything. Should have made the laptop one, but I didn't/couldn't.

  • Mathias Bacher
    Mathias Bacher 5 months ago

    ...or just use a Mac 😅

  • Endat Kush
    Endat Kush 5 months ago

    Why not press the Windows provided "Use this hard drive for backup" button?

  • Shinobi Engineer
    Shinobi Engineer 5 months ago +1

    THANKS ! ! !

  • MarcusHDGaming
    MarcusHDGaming 5 months ago

    instead of doing all of this you could just turn on windows backup

  • Jadi
    Jadi 5 months ago

    This is generally how you end up losing data after you dismount the drive whilst windows is doing a cache check or defrag on the drive. Just plug a hard drive in and use the windows encryption tool. Problem solved. Your backups are protected and corruption free. Your welcome.

  • Holo The Nude Wolf
    Holo The Nude Wolf 5 months ago

    this is so cool.
    thank you.

  • LichtTempler
    LichtTempler 5 months ago

    I would rather have a One-Click Data-Destroy button.

  • Bradford Guy
    Bradford Guy 5 months ago

    Very nice tutorial for a backup drive! Is there any benefit to this vs having a drive that is set to sync automatically? Maybe freeing up system resources? I do like the option of hiting the button as the last operation of the day and let it backup after work is done - Sounds very logical to me! I am a new subscriber as of today, with notifications. I love your videos, the way you bring everything together is like you have rehearsed it all! Plus, you have a very natural and soothing teaching voice. Wow... just, wow!

  • Ektro
    Ektro 5 months ago

    Where do you buy the wires you use?

  • xanariacc
    xanariacc 6 months ago

    BRILLIANT! Dude.. You seem so damn chill. Bet you're awesome to hold a conversation with!

  • Chris Cuthbertson
    Chris Cuthbertson 6 months ago

    Am i missing something? Why wouldn't you just set the backup as a scheduled task. your just gonna forget to press the button.

  • ben cos
    ben cos 6 months ago

    you could use a old wire from a adpator and twist them onto the switch as I did not have a soldering iron to use for it. PS my switch had holes in the solder tags so i was able to use them and twist on the wires thanks for the idea Matt..:-)

  • Såм Røckү
    Såм Røckү 6 months ago

    I love this guy

  • Graeme758
    Graeme758 6 months ago

    Great video, took a bit of mucking about with Win7 permissions for some reason but works perfectly. Thanks

  • Jon Rosenthal
    Jon Rosenthal 6 months ago

    How do I know if the switch I have is adequate for this project? It's a latching DP switch, but it's only rated for a max Current of 0.1A and a max DC Voltage of 32V. But I have no idea what is required to make this work, or how much the components draw.

  • talonts9
    talonts9 6 months ago

    FYI, there's no reason to cut the black wire and twist it back together. Use wire strippers or a knife to cut through the insulation, then just pull it apart a bit. Do it right before soldering the other wire in, and the insulation will slowly slide back into place, nearly covering the solder joint.

  • Mike B
    Mike B 6 months ago

    Can I ask ( anyone answers pls go into detail). How did you ground the led to the sata cable?

  • Biba Baba
    Biba Baba 6 months ago

    Your voice sounds like Jony Ive

  • Thyago
    Thyago 7 months ago

    Amazing! May I ask if you majored in something related? I mean, did you study electronics or computer science formally? Just curiosity and to inspire others! :D

  • Y. Z.
    Y. Z. 7 months ago

    Your method is pretty complex for a just software thing. For only data backup, I prefer to write my own code (short learning curve & more control) to automate, and then use a cheap USB hub to switch on and off the storage (protection against ransomware).

  • Ramón BS
    Ramón BS 8 months ago


  • LocutusVon Borg
    LocutusVon Borg 8 months ago

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

  • ben cos
    ben cos 8 months ago

    works perfectly tested it with SATA disk drive

  • stealz
    stealz 8 months ago

    My cable has 4 wires, what do I do?

    • stealz
      stealz 7 months ago

      Aimee Cos oops I meant to type 5 wires, it has an extra orange wire. I 'll try with it and if it doesnt work i'll just cut it. thanks for your reply though.

    • Aimee Cos
      Aimee Cos 7 months ago +1

      the 2 blacks are ground wires and the yellow wire is the 12 volt and the red wire is the 5 volt rail

  • ben cos
    ben cos 8 months ago

    thanks for the amazing idea:-)

  • Leon Meertens
    Leon Meertens 8 months ago

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

  • MikePlaysIt
    MikePlaysIt 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

  • Matchlesmage0
    Matchlesmage0 9 months ago

    Or you could just use windows backup

  • Simon Nitzsche
    Simon Nitzsche 9 months ago

    I have the same UEFI :O

  • Jannis G
    Jannis G 9 months ago

    Very good video. :)

  • Brendan Tate
    Brendan Tate 9 months ago

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

  • Grease
    Grease 9 months ago


  • Mahmoud Mostafa
    Mahmoud Mostafa 9 months ago +1

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

  • soundcode024
    soundcode024 9 months ago

    Backup drive = 10yr old maxtor
    Well done.

  • bbpetrov
    bbpetrov 9 months ago

    LAMEST shit i've seen so far

  • spinner669
    spinner669 9 months 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 9 months ago +1

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

    • Yannik Zeier
      Yannik Zeier 6 months ago

      +Wemja ^^ This is just an shitty way to make backups and i cant tell anybody to do it like this because its not very useful.

    • Wemja
      Wemja 6 months ago

      Just admit it you were shitposting, You made a witty joke but then you just kept telling how shit the video is and you shouldn't do it instead of giving a proper alternative. You don't know anything about it.
      Too bad I called your bluff.

    • Yannik Zeier
      Yannik Zeier 6 months ago

      +you dont need cloud backup. Just do it properly and not this shit like in the video.

    • Wemja
      Wemja 6 months ago

      Well how would someone who takes backups seriously do it?
      Of course automated cloud backup is better but not everyone wants to pay for that.
      This method is pretty good, yea sure the build in drive may be a bit over the top but the laptop method shown would work just as well. It looks like a normal way to backup and it reduces the hassle.

    • Yannik Zeier
      Yannik Zeier 6 months ago

      +Wemja If you taking backups seriously you shouldnt do it like in the video. But if you are so lousy at doing your backups you most likley dont have anything important to backup

  • Wilco Charlie
    Wilco Charlie 9 months ago

    Very Clever! Bravo :)

  • Dudefoxlive
    Dudefoxlive 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

  • samonie67
    samonie67 9 months ago

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

  • Joseph Morales
    Joseph Morales 9 months ago

    DP has a lot of meanings

  • Jeff Rabbit
    Jeff Rabbit 9 months ago

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

  • Nissim Trifonov
    Nissim Trifonov 9 months 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.

    • Saad Ghandour
      Saad Ghandour 6 days ago

      DIY Perks Agree!! backing up process is usefull for the C partition in case of cash of the operative system or during the reinstalation of the system...

    • DIY Perks
      DIY Perks  9 months ago +1

      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 9 months ago

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

  • Lukas Murmann
    Lukas Murmann 9 months ago +1

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

  • Jack Steamer
    Jack Steamer 9 months ago

    Darn i drilled right in to my hard drive.

  • Thatoneblackguy258
    Thatoneblackguy258 9 months 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.

  • Ya Boi
    Ya Boi 9 months ago

    i never backup my files

  • Nebremos
    Nebremos 9 months ago

    how is the drive powered?

  • Stan Stelten
    Stan Stelten 9 months ago

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

  • Nexus Seth
    Nexus Seth 9 months ago

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

  • The Nurdeyest
    The Nurdeyest 9 months ago +1

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

  • Meep AMV
    Meep AMV 9 months ago

    Can this be done on a NAS server? :)

  • Meep AMV
    Meep AMV 9 months ago

    What if I don't have amultimeter?

  • Imploment
    Imploment 9 months ago

    On some motherboards it is called external sata.

  • Kellin Quinn
    Kellin Quinn 9 months 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 9 months ago - SyncToy

  • Gamebit Gaming // Letsplays and tech tutorials

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

    • Saad Ghandour
      Saad Ghandour 6 days ago

      Gamebit Gaming // Letsplays and tech tutorials yes

  • Keith Stanley
    Keith Stanley 9 months 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 9 months ago

    Respect for your tweaks :D

  • Harry Tsang
    Harry Tsang 10 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 10 months ago

    I want to work for you...

  • larrisAWSOME
    larrisAWSOME 10 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 10 months ago

    so amazing

  • The Funkalizer
    The Funkalizer 10 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 10 months ago

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

  • Dorian Graczyk
    Dorian Graczyk 10 months ago +1

    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 10 months ago


  • xJayGT
    xJayGT 10 months ago

    i love this channel also your voice is so awesome

  • Random Ryan
    Random Ryan 10 months ago

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

  • Dawid Strządała
    Dawid Strządała 10 months ago

    U have be same pc case :D

  • Jakeyosaurus
    Jakeyosaurus 10 months ago

    Your videos make me feel warm and relaxed <3

  • Sephiroth Quent
    Sephiroth Quent 11 months ago

    "inanatha" 8:58

  • Andrew Smart
    Andrew Smart 11 months ago

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