Articles in Category: Applications
Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.
The difference between a clone and an image boils down to what they contain: everything, or absolutely everything.
Backup terminology can be confusing. I’ll define one of the terms I use frequently and explain why I think it’s so important.
A single original of anything is not backed up, and backing up is significantly easier, and of higher quality, in digital media.
Many external drives include free backup software that I never use. I’ll explain why, and what I do instead.
I frequently advise people what to do about unexpected and undesirable software changes. It’s time for me to take my own advice.
Follow these steps to avoid losing precious and irreplaceable memories.
Cloud service providers often give us lots of storage we can use for cloud backup. How to use it safely, however, isn’t always obvious.
Depending on how you use your word processing program, you may be able to find a good, free alternative to Word.
Always back up before a Windows 10 upgrade, update, or reinstall. Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine.
Backing up your computer’s data is critical. What backup program should you use? There are many, but pragmatically, the best is whatever you’ll actually use.
Image backups are excellent protection against data loss, but restoring an old backup to new computer isn’t why you do them.
Backups are one way you can protect yourself from everything from hardware failure to virus infections. So why don’t you back up?
Microsoft Office appears in every new install of Windows 10, but is it really “included”? Yes and no.
Having a regular backup system in place is critical — but then what? I’ll look at how long you might want to keep those backups, why, and how long I keep mine.
It’s a good idea to test backups before disaster strikes. Unfortunately, a complete test can be risky. I’ll look at some alternatives.
Backing up to a second physical internal drive can be a good tool in your backup arsenal, as long as you understand its limitations.
I neglected to set up automated backups on my rebuilt laptop. I’ll walk you through downloading and installing Macrium Reflect free, and scheduling automated backups.
I don’t think much of the Windows backup utility–but any backup is better than no backup. Let’s take a look at how to use it.
Before you dismiss it because it’s a subscription product, take a look and do the math. Microsoft Office 365 might be surprisingly affordable.
Restoring to a smaller drive is often difficult. I’ll list the steps necessary to get the job done.
It’s tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But you can easily miss something very important.
Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.
It’s tempting to back up to a separate partition, because it’s somewhat like another disk. The problem is, it’s not. You could be risking your data.
If you don’t have rescue media, you can use another machine to make it. You certainly don’t need to make one every time you back up or update the software.
Transferring to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, prepping for a transfer is a side effect of backing up regularly.
Natural disasters remind us that our computers, among other things, are at risk. I’ll look at protecting your computer, and more importantly, your data.
Old backups typically have all of the files that were on your machine at the time the backup was taken — and that’s what you want.
The Microsoft Office 365 subscription model makes moving to a new machine very, very easy.
The concept seems simple: take a system image of one machine, restore it to another, and avoid lengthy setup time. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for typical users.
Backing up is important. Knowing which tools, techniques, services, and even advice to trust can be a challenge.
How to back up Windows 10 using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.
Here’s another example of why going digital enables a level of backup safety that single originals simply can’t achieve.
Smartphones are a popular way to take snapshots and videos. Tools like Dropbox are great for making sure those are backed up automatically.
Some backup programs can wake up a sleeping machine, but there are still things that could go wrong and cause a backup to fail.
Nothing protects you and your data like a complete, recent backup, even when it might not be obvious. That’s why I harp on it so much.
Installing 14-year-old software on current operating systems is likely to create problems. Office 2003 and Windows 10 is one such match.
I loaned my laptop to my cousin for several weeks. Here are the steps I took to give her a clean machine, while restoring the machine to my configuration on her return.
You can rely on online services for many things, but it’s unwise to rely on them too much.
Even though an image backup contains everything, that doesn’t mean you need to restore it all if you only need one file.
You have an image backup and an emergency disk. Here’s how you restore that image to your computer.
Terms relating to backing up can be confusing. Understanding them helps you make better decisions about backing up.
People often cite ransomware as a reason to avoid automated online backups, thinking that those backups will be impacted. OneDrive provides an answer.
At its most basic, backups are simple: a copy of something to keep it safe.
Before you can restore a backup image created using EaseUS Todo, you’ll need an emergency disk.
Microsoft is apparently removing image backup capability from Windows 10. We’ll make an image backup using a third-party alternative.
If you’re using OneDrive for your regular work, its Recycle Bin provides an extra layer of backup and protection.
File History, when properly enabled and configured, can restore deleted files or previous version of files that have changed.
Image backups are good for more than restoring entire images; you can use them to restore individual files as well.
We’ve backed up an image, and we’ve created our recovery drive — it’s time to restore an image using Windows 10’s built-in backup program.