Backup/Sync to Usb external drive without Logging In

  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro

    Backup/Sync to Usb external drive without Logging In

    Good day, This i my first post on this forum, hope i make a good job.

    I have a very simple network setup made up of three PCs running windows 10.

    One could be caller "Server" and the other two are "Drone1" and "Drone2"

    The drone PC's have a software that references to a shared folder on the Server and basically work of the information on that folder the entire day.

    Currently, the Server is turned on at the beginning of the day and shut down at the end of the day (Local account never logs in)

    The information on this shared folder is important so i would like to attach a USB External Hard drive to the Server PC to either Sync or Backup the contents of the shared folder on a daily basis. How can i have this happen without having to Direct Boot into the system (ie. no password protection).
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  2. Posts : 2,837
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Welcome to TenForums!

    There are a number of backup programs available that can perform backups automatically on a schedule without you needing to ever logon. A favorite among users on this forum is Macrium Reflect.

    Here is some basic information about this program:

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    There is also the included File History built into Windows 10 but I strongly suggest a program such as Macrium Reflect instead.

    If you do want to look into File History, simply search this forum for "File History" and you will find quite a few tutorials.
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  3. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your response. I use Macrium Reflect for Image Cloning and such. I was not aware that it could do File Backups without being logged in.

    I also noticed that i need the the paid version in order to do File Backups. What would be the specific characteristic i would be looking for in a program that can do backups/sync without logging? Can you share a list of the other programs that can do this (prefereably free jeje)

    I ran into a free app on the Microsoft store named SyncFolder. Do you think this owuld do the trick?
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  4. Posts : 2,837
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Pretty much any program that can do disk or file backups at a scheduled time should be able to do the backups without you having to logon, although I would make sure to confirm that is the case for any program you evaluate.

    There are a lot of them out there, but the ones that I have personal experience with are:

    [email protected] Disk Image
    Acronis TrueImage
    O+O DiskImage
    Veritas System Recovery

    None of these are free, however.

    But if you search the internet for backup programs, I'm sure that you will find many other options.

    In my personal opinion, Macrium Reflect is the best of all of these.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I have found a free software that exactly what i needed. It syncs or backups and gives you the choice of using the Windows 10 Scheduler or Service.

    Software that i found for my specific request of free software that runs without needing to login to Windows is AOMEI Backuper.

    Thanks for the Help
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  6. Posts : 2,837
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2

    Excellent! Glad you found a solution. Thanks for the update.
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