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Backing up in hibernate or standby is generally not possible, unless your backup program has a method of waking the computer up before the process starts.

I'm one of those who uses hibernate on a regular basis. My question: can I schedule backups to run if the computer is in hibernate or sleep mode? I'm running Windows 7. I use Clickinks for backup software.

In this excerpt from Answercast #81, I look at the problems in trying to back up a computer that is sleeping from hibernate or standby.

Backing up in hibernate or standby

Well, unfortunately, I'm not at all familiar with that backup software. I will tell you, in general, that the answer is no.

The computer typically must be running in order for scheduled backups to occur. It's actually one of several reasons that I leave my computer (my main computer that's doing these kinds of backups) running 24/7.

Look for wake-up settings

Now, I will say that some backup programs may have a setting. It's something that you'll have to investigate with the software that you're using right now - and potentially some of the alternatives, if you're so inclined.

Some programs do have a setting that will allow them to wake up the computer if needed for a backup to occur.

I believe, I could be wrong, but I believe that that only applies to standby and will not necessarily wake a computer up from hibernation. However, like I said, that's something that you'll have to look into with the specific backup software that you're using.

But, my bottom-line suggestion, or my bottom line-thinking, is that in general, no.

(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Pat Siler
December 22, 2012 2:54 PM

I have backup run each night from sleep state on a Windows 7 system (using MS native backup). After you schedule the backup (task) start the Task Schedule interface (run Task Scheduler), find "Windows Backup" task, under the conditions tab select "wake the computer to run this task". Also make sure "Run wether user is logged on or not" is selected on the general tab.

Sunny
December 25, 2012 7:25 PM

Yes, you can wake the hibernated computer up using scheduled tasks in XP. And also set the backup program to run at a later time after the computer has waked up.

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