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Sofolon
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Alarm

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Hello,
I will my backups with SyncBack on an external hard drive. My backup spots are programmed with the planner. How to have an alarm when SyncBack will execute and the external hard drive is unplugged. Thank you
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Re: Alarm

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There is no built-in option to do this, but with older versions of Windows you could add a small script in Programs-Before to test if drive-X (for example) was present, and pop a OK/Cancel message-box on screen if not. The user could then connect the drive, and click OK to close the script and allow the main profile to continue. (This obviously assumes the user is logged in, present and paying attention).

Problem is, modern versions of Windows (more accurately, of the Windows Task Scheduler, which is what triggers a Scheduled profile run) will likely run the new/temporary instance of SyncBack it will call (that temp instance then runs your profile) in a hidden Windows session ("session-0"). This Windows session type has no desktop (no access to your main/interactive session - if there is one), so no way to display an alert, and no way for you to respond to it with an 'OK' (after connecting the drive) either.

If you are prepared to set your Schedules to 'Run only when user is logged on' (and you always will be present/logged-on/paying attention at the scheduled time, to respond to any warning), you can probably still do this (add a script or batch file to check / alert you if required), because when configured this way, Windows usually runs the temp copy of SyncBack in your interactive/logged-on session. However, there is no way to 100%-guarantee this - Windows may run the Scheduled Task (-> SyncBack -> profile) in session-0 anyway. There is no definitive setting in Windows to control this - you get the session-type that Windows decides to give you.

Be aware that setting a Schedule to 'Run only when user is logged on' will do exactly that: if you are logged out, the Task Scheduler will not even try to run the Task (and thus SyncBack won't be called / will never know)

Lots of info on the Windows Task Scheduler here
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Re: Alarm

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Hello and thank you for all that information
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