TyphoonCloud is the best way to provide a virtual drive interface to any Amazon S3 account. Installs in just minutes!

Please Note: Support for typhoonCloud has been discontinued. 

We STRONGLY encourage all typhoonCloud users to backup any and all information stored on their Amazon cloud through typhoonCloud to their local computer.  



TyphoonTools experience a server shutdown today at approximately 1pm central time.  If you have been affected by this outage, please contact us.  We will be offering a free upgrade to typhoonCloud for any past clients affected that are able and willing to use their own Amazon S3 account.  We will be retiring past products and support.

Thanks for being fantastic clients!

The typhoonTools team.



  • Pay for only what you use
  • Secure billing and payment using Amazon

*Storage Fees:

  • $0.10 per Gigabyte

*Transfer Fees:

  • $0.01 per 1,000 PUT or LIST requests (one upload = one PUT request)
  • $0.01 per 10,000 GET and all other requests (one download = one GET request)
  • $0.10 per GB of data transfer out (10 cents per GB downloaded)


Let’s look at an example.  If you want to simply upload and store 10GB of photos or any kind of file online and not access it, (more of a backup scenario).  Your price per month is a $1 per month for our fee, and $1 per month for the storage fee, plus a penny or two for the technical “PUT” request.  Grand total: $2 per month plus change.  Really!

What if I want to access or view the data?

Let’s say we use the same scenario as above,but you decide to use our online browser to view 1GB of pictures, or download 1GB of information, or share 1GB of photos with some family members.  These all count as “data transfers out”.  So to our $2 above we add $0.12 cents.  Barely worth mentioning, but hey- full disclosure!

Really?  That cheap?

Really!  Give it a try.  You have very little to lose, and a lot to gain!

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Help and User Guide

Getting Started
Using TyphoonBackup
Advanced Settings
File Recovery
Upgrading Your Account
Video Tutorials

Getting Started

Software Download
To begin the software installation, click the download link on the download page or visit the link below and click “Download Now.”

Download TyphoonBackup

Setup Wizard
The TyphoonBackup Configuration Wizard will first ask which common folders you would like to be backed up. Selecting folders here means they will already be on the Backup Roster the first time you launch TyphoonBackup. You can always add and remove folders at a later time from the main interface.

TyphoonBackup Wizard

You will now be asked if you would like to start with Live Backups turned on. Turning on Live Backups will mean your files will be backed up immediately as you make changes to them.

The next step will ask if you would like multiple versions of files to be backed up and if so, how many versions you would like to be backed up. Please note that this will increase the amount of backup space used. Backing up multiple versions means that when you do a recovery you will be able to select from a number of different versions of the same file to recover. This is especially helpful when backing up files that you work with on a regular basis.

The final step asks if you would like to schedule automatic backups. Scheduled backups can be modified further or turned off at a later time from TyphoonBackup’s main interface.

Following the Setup Wizard you will be asked if you would like to perform a backup right now. As this is your very first backup, it could quite possibly take a very long time, possibly even days. Note that all your backups after the first will be much quicker, because only new or changed files will be backed up.

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Using TyphoonBackup

Scheduled Backups
The Daily Backup Time edit box controls the time of day that TyphoonBackup will automatically begin a full backup. The Monday through Friday checkboxes control which days of the week TyphoonBackup will automatically perform a full backup. If you do not want TyphoonBackup to automatically perform a backup, be sure to leave all weekday boxes unchecked.

Backup Now
The Backup Now button will begin a full backup. Upon clicking the Backup Now button, a new backup job will appear in the Backup Jobs list, and a message in the Backup Logs area will specify that a manual backup has started. The same action as pressing the Backup Now button can be automated by setting a backup schedule, located at the top of the TyphoonBackup interface. Note that pressing the Backup Now button again while another backup is currently in progress will create another backup job. The new backup job will only include files that have already been processed by the first backup job.

Stop Backup
The Stop Backup button will stop all backup jobs. Any backup jobs that are in progress when the Stop Backup button is pressed will be marked as failed.

Stop Backup screenshot

Live Backups
The Live Backups checkbox specifies if TyphoonBackup will immediately backup files as they change. TyphoonBackup watches all the files and folders specified on the Backup Roster. If changes occur to those files, they are immediately backed up. If Live Backups is turned off, files and folders are only backed up when either the Backup Now button is clicked or a scheduled daily backup occurs.

Backup Roster
The Backup Roster lists all files and folders that have been chosen for backup. Additionally, files and folders that have been marked to not be backed up are also listed. Each item in the Roster has a colored dot placed next to its filename. A green dot means the item is marked for backup. A red dot means the item is marked to not be backed up. An orange dot means that the item has been excluded from backup because of its file type or its size.

Backup Jobs
The Backup Jobs list is a list of the last 30 backup jobs. There are two different kinds of backup jobs, Live and Full. The Live backup job is always listed at the top of the list, and includes all backup activities currently in progress having to do with the Live Backups feature. The rest of the backup jobs listed are Full backup jobs, which are initiated either manually via the Backup Now button or automatically because of a scheduled backup.

The Start Time column shows the time at which the backup was started. Next to the Start Time for each backup job is one of three possible status icons. A green checkmark means the backup job succeeded. A red X means the backup job failed. A blue running man means the backup job is running and in progress. The Fail column shows how many files failed to be backed up. The New column shows how many files were detected as new and needed to be backed up. The Good column shows how many files were checked and confirmed as backed up. The Status column shows one of three type of backup job status; either Done, Failed, or In Progress will be displayed here. To remove a backup job from the Backup Jobs list, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard. Note that though you can delete a backup that is currently in progress, it is recommended that you click the Stop Backup button first, then delete any backup jobs that you want removed from the list.

Backup Log
The Backup Log is a running list of activities that TyphoonBackup has done or is currently working on. The Backup Log can be very useful for reviewing what TyphoonBackup is doing or has already done. You can review the entire backup log file by clicking “Open Backup Log.” The backup log file itself is automatically trimmed periodically so it does not become so large that it becomes a problem.

Backup Reports
Backup job reports are generated automatically for every backup job in the Backup Jobs list. To view a Backup Jobs Report, double click any backup job in the Backup Jobs list. The report for that backup job is automatically loaded into Notepad for your review. The report contains information that pertains specifically to that backup job. Note that for the Live backup job, each live backup event for an entire day is consolidated into one file. To view the latest live backup event in the report, scroll to the end of the Live backup report.

Shell Menu
TyphoonBackup features full Windows integration, allowing users to use TyphoonBackup’s features simply by right clicking on a file or folder in Windows Explorer.

The Backup This File/Folder option will add the selected files or folders to the Backup Roster. It will also add a green dot to the selected items icon showing that the item is marked for backup. If a file was added, and the Refresh Icon Overlays option located on the Advanced dialog is checked, a green circle will appear instead of a green dot. After the file has been successfully backed up, the green circle will change to a green dot. Note that for efficiency purposes, backed up folders always show just a green dot.

If Live Backups is turned on, the selected files or folders will immediately be added to the Live backup jobs list, and the items will begin being backed up. If the Live Backups is turned off, the selected items will not be backed up until either the Backup Now button is manually clicked or a scheduled backup occurs.
Once an item has been added to the Backup Roster, you may choose the Backup This File Now option from the shell menu to force an immediate backup of just that item, regardless of the Live Backups setting.

The Do Not Backup This File/Folder option will add the selected files or folders to the Backup Roster as items that should not be backed up. This is useful for specifically marking some items that may normally be backed up, that they should not be backed up. A red dot is added to the selected items icon showing that the item is marked to not be backed up.

Backup Shell

The No Setting For This File/Folder option will remove the selected files or folders from the Backup Roster. Any settings previously specified for these items will be removed, including any colored dot icons. Note that when selecting this option for a folder, that it will affect all items inside the selected folder.

The Do Not Backup Files Of This Type option will add the file extension of the selected file to the Exclusion Wildcard edit box, found on the Advanced Settings dialog. An orange dot is added to the selected items icon, and any other backed up items that have the same file type, showing that the item has been excluded from backup because of its file type. This option is useful for excluding certain kinds of files that you do not want to back up, such as .tmp files for example. Note that if you choose this option on a file that is not already marked for backup, you will not see the item in the Backup Roster, or see any colored dot, but the file type will be added to the Exclusion Wildcard edit box.

The Do Not Exclude These Types Of Files option will remove the selected files file type from the Exclusion Wildcard edit box, found on the Advanced Settings dialog. This option is primarily available as a way to undo the Do Not Backup Files Of This Type option.

The Browse Backup Location option will open Windows Explorer to the backup folder that contains the selected files or folders. This is a useful way to browse all available versions of a file, or to browse for a file that you may have deleted accidentally.

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Advanced Settings

Backup Drive
The Backup Drive Letter specifies the drive letter of the device you wish to store your back files on. When using TyphoonBackup with TyphoonDrive, the drive letter is automatically set to the same drive letter used by TyphoonDrive. Changing the drive letter to another device, such as another hard drive, will cause any additional backups to be placed onto that device. Note that this can cause the entire backup to be performed again, and any backups to the former device to not occur. All backup files are stored automatically in a base folder created by TyphoonBackup on the drive specified by the drive letter. Only a drive letter may be specified. You may not specify a drive letter that is already being backed up.

Backup Name
The Computer Backup Name is used to in the name of the folder created to store files backed up by TyphoonBackup. The folder automatically created is prefixed by a ‘Computer Backup-‘ moniker, followed by the name of the computer. This allows for multiple computers to backup to the same location and still keep their files separate.

When you change the Computer Backup Name used, TyphoonBackup will attempt to rename the folder that stores all of your backed up files, so as to match the new computer name.

Computer Backup Name

Copies Minimum Age
The Copies Minimum Age value controls how old a file must be before a backup copy will be made. This helps protect against multiple backup versions of the same file being made over a short period of time.

Copies Maximum Count
The Copies Maximum Count value controls how many versions of a file will be backed up. When the total number of copies or versions of a file surpasses this value, the versions are removed from the backup starting with the oldest ones first. If extra versions of a backed up file need to be removed, they will be marked for deletion when TyphoonBackup performs its clean up procedure, which occurs periodically.

Copies Maximum Age
The Copies Maximum Age value controls how old extra versions or copies of files can be before they are automatically removed from the backup. If extra versions of a backed up file need to be removed, they will be marked for deletion when TyphoonBackup performs its clean up procedure, which occurs periodically.

Copies Maximum Size
The Copies Maximum Size value controls the maximum size multiple backup versions or copies are made. This helps protect against making multiple backup copies or versions of files that are extremely large, in which multiple versions or copies are not needed.

Delete Minimum Age
The Delete Minimum Age value controls the minimum amount of time a file backup must exist before it is removed from the backup. This ensures that if a file is removed locally, that the backup version of the file is still available for at least this amount of time.

Files Maximum Size
The Files Maximum Size value controls the maximum size a file may and still be backed up. The helps with excluding files that are extremely large, and do not need to be backed up. This value and its effect on what is excluded is reflected in a files backup status, and the totals reports in the Backup Roster. The maximum file size supported for backup is 2 GB, or 2000 MB.

Exclusion Wildcards
The Exclusion Wildcards edit box shows and controls multiple exclusion wildcards that are used to exclude different files from the backup. Typically, this value is a list of multiple file extensions, specifying what type of files should be excluded. However any reasonably sized wildcard expression can be added to excluded additional files or even folders from the backup.

To add multiple items to the Exclusion Wildcards edit box, separate each wildcard expression with a comma. When you specify that a files type should be excluded, the files type is automatically added to the Exclusion Wildcards edit box. Additionally, when you specify that a files type should be included, its file type is automatically removed from the Exclusion Wildcards edit box.

Shadow Copy
The Use Shadow Copy checkbox specifies that when backing up files that cannot be backed up using normal coping methods, Shadow Copy should be used. Shadow Copy is a mechanism that is built into your operating system, that allows for a snap shot to be taken of data on your hard drive. This operation allows for other applications to access files that may normally be unavailable because they are being written to, or may be locked by other applications. When TyphoonBackup encounters a file that is unable to be backed up, and Shadow Copy is enabled, TyphoonBackup use Shadow Copy to access the file and back it up. The disadvantage to Shadow Copy is that it can take several minutes to perform this operation, and requires a significant amount of hard drive activity. Therefore, Shadow Copy is only used when needed, and if enabled.

Synchronize Deletes
The Synchronize Deletes checkbox specifies that when the Live Backups feature is turned on, any file that is deleted locally will be immediately removed from the backup.

Refresh Overlay Icons
The Refresh Overlay Icons checkbox specifies that local files marked for backup should show their backup state via their overlay icon. The overlay icon is a small colored dot that is placed in the corner of a files icon. When a file is chosen for backup, normally a green dot is overlaid upon its icon, showing that the file is marked for backup. However when Refresh Overlay Icons is turned on, if the file has not yet been backed up, a green circle will appear. After the file has been successfully backed up, the green circle will be replaced with a green dot.

The disadvantage to using the Refresh Overlay Icons feature is that on slow computers, the procedure required for updating the colored icon dot can cause excessive screen refreshing, which may become distracting. Note that for efficiency reasons, the backup state of folders is always shown as complete, and does not reflect the backup state of the files contained within.

Start Missed Backups
The Start Missed Backups checkbox specifies that if a regularly scheduled backup has been missed, it should be started as soon as possible. If a scheduled backup has been missed, TyphoonBackup will show a popup indicating that a missed backup will be started soon. You may click the popup to cancel the missed if you would rather backup another time.

TyphoonBackup calculates ahead of time when a backup is suppose to occur. If it detects that a backup that was suppose to occur is now in the past and it did not occur, the missed backup procedure will start. This ensures that even if you computer is turned off when a scheduled backup was suppose to occur, as soon as TyphoonBackup is launched, it will detect that a backup was missed, and will perform the backup automatically.

Clean Backup
The Clean Backup button will begin the automatic backup cleaning procedure. The cleaning procedure will scan the entire backup looking for files that should be removed from the backup. This procedure will remove expired copies of files, files that have been deleted locally, and will remove any files that do not adhere to the TyphoonBackup naming convention. The cleaning procedure only applies to backed up files, and has no effect on your local files.

Automatic Cleanup
With this option selected, the cleaning procedure occurs automatically every day. TyphoonBackup will attempt to perform the cleaning procedure when it detects the computer has been idle for a period of time. This helps minimize any impact the cleaning procedure may have on remote online drives such as TyphoonDrive, which may need to access the Internet for file information. Leaving this option unchecked will mean that cleanups will only occur if they are manually started, and may result in excess storage space being taken up by files you may no longer want or need.

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File Recovery

Backup Recovery

How do I recover my backed up files?
To recover backed up files, simply access your backup drive, which is TyphoonDrive by default. Browse through the drive to find the files you wish to recover. Select the entire Backup folder if you wish to restore everything backed up on a particular computer. Right click on the files or folders you wish to restore and select File Recovery… in the right-click menu.

Backup Recovery Right Click Menu

Recover Files From
The Recover Files From drop down box shows which backup dates are available to recover from. The dates that populate the drop down are a collated list of all backup dates found for the specific files or folders that were selected. Note that for efficiency purposes, backed up folders are always presented with only one date. When recovering an entire folder, the latest versions of all files will be recovered. To recover past versions of files, do not include any folders in your selection.

Recover to a Specific Location
The Recover To Specific Location action will recover the selected files and folders to a location that you specify. The recovered files are restored to their original filenames, minus any version tagging.

Recover and Replace Original
The Recover And Replace Original action will recover the chosen backed up version and replace the original local copy with the backed up copy.

Recover Next to Original
The Recover Next To Original action will recover the chosen backed up version and will copy it to the same location as the original copy, however the backup copies filename version tagging will be preserved in the filename. This allows for the file to exist in the same folder without over writing the original. The backed up copy will have the same filename as the original, except a version tag will be appended at the end of the filename.

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Upgrading Your Account

If you find that your TyphoonDrive is full or you are receiving a message from TyphoonBackup stating that the backup drive is full, you may need to upgrade your TyphoonTools Account. To upgrade your account, you must first log into the manage account area of TyphoonTools.

From here, select the Pricing tab at the top of the page to view available account packages and click on a new account to subscribe to. You will then be taken to the checkout screen where you can confirm your payment options and product selection. After going through this process you will need to restart TyphoonDrive for the changes to take effect.

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TyphoonCloud Support Ended 6-11-2014.

Thanks for downloading TyphoonCloud!

The video to the right will walk you through installing and activating the TyphoonCloud software. Or scroll down to see a written explanation.

Step One:

Download and install the software

Some Text about install (how specific do we want to get?) mainly just launch the .exe and then say run…

Step Two:

Visit Amazon.com to Get Your Activation Key

Now that the software is installed, click the “Get Activation” button when prompted. This will take you to Amazon.com and prompt you to log in. If you have ever purchased anything through Amazon enter the same user name and password that you previously set up. If you have never purcahsed anything through Amazon.com at this point you will need to create an account with them.

After you have logged in to Amazon the next screen you will see is reviewing the purchase of TyphoonCloud.

Step Three:

Copy Your New Activation Key

After confirming the purchase, you will be issued an activation code which you can copy from the browser and paste into the software and click the “Activate” button.

(*Note: You can always get a new activation code and there is no additional charge, if you need to re-install the software or install it onto an additional computer.)

That’s it. You’re Done!

You now have full access to the raw power that is TyphoonCloud. Rest easy knowing you now have some serious control of your data and keep being awesome.