Articles in Category: Applications
Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.
Smartphones are a popular way to take snapshots and videos. Tools like Dropbox are great for making sure those are backed up automatically.
One way to reclaim space (and occasionally even performance) is to uninstall software you don’t need. I’ll review important places to help you do just that.
Macrium Reflect is clearer and more fully featured than Windows’ built-in backup. It’s easier to understand and ultimately, I trust it more.
Having your document’s dirty laundry exposed to the world by accident can be embarrassing. Here’s how to avoid it.
Uploading backup images sounds good until you do the math.
If your backup program writes to a proprietary format, you may not be able to access it decades from now. I’ll discuss how to prepare.
What happens to all your carefully backed up data if your house burns down?
Cloning to a second drive every night has few advantages over a more flexible image backup solution.
Microsoft is removing image-backup capability from Windows. We’ll make an image backup using a free third-party alternative.
Before you dismiss it because it’s a subscription, take a look and do the math. Microsoft 365 might be surprisingly affordable for you.
The Windows 7 Backup and Restore tool is still present in Windows 11, but that doesn’t mean you should use it.
You probably want to keep the new operating system on your new machine. All that you need from your image backup is the data that has luckily been preserved.
Backing up your new machine on arrival can be an important safety net. But there are degrees of safety.
Microsoft Word tries to format items based on what it thinks you’re doing. That’s handy if it’s what you want and annoying if it’s not.
Backing up while on the road can be a challenge. I’ll review what’s practical and how to keep your data safe.
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.
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 your computer is critical to avoiding data loss but can seem complicated. I’ll give a suggestion for typical users.
Every time you use someone else’s service, you put yourself and your content in their hands… for better or worse.
Don’t overlook backing up as part of your security. When the worst happens, it’s your backup that will save you.
Transferring data to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, being prepared for a transfer is a side effect of backing up regularly.
Once I’ve convinced you that image backups are important, your next question is most likely to be “OK, how?” Here’s a short-and-sweet answer.
You can rely on online services for many things, but it’s unwise to rely on them too much.
Image backups are great ways to back up absolutely everything on a hard disk. They’re also good for retrieving most anything, including individual files.
How to back up Windows using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.
Backing up is critical, but exactly how you back up your encrypted container data depends on how secure your backups are.
At its most basic, backups are simple: a copy of something kept somewhere else to keep it safe.
If you can, wait to play with your new computer for a little while. I have something important I want you to do first.
Cloud backup vs. backing up to an external drive isn’t really a debate. Why not both?
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.
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.
Using Dropbox to share files across machines is pretty common. You can also use Dropbox on only one machine as backup technology.
If you’re backing up regularly to an external drive, chances are you’re accumulating lots of data. I’ll look at how to organize it, and what to keep.
Microsoft Word online has the option to create transcriptions of audio recordings for Microsoft Office subscribers.
RAID is a valuable technology for improving disk speed and fault tolerance, but it is in no way a replacement for backing up.
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.
Ransomware is known for encrypting your data and holding it hostage. It turns out that it can do more that backups won’t protect against.
Backing up an encrypted hard drive shouldn’t be difficult, but it’s important to understand what you’ll get.
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.
An external drive is by far the best piece of additional equipment you can get for your computer to keep your data safe.
“If it’s only in one place, it’s not backed up” really tells you all you need to know.
Backing up is important, but terms like “full”, “incremental”, and “differential” can easily confuse. I’ll look at what these terms mean.
Terms relating to backing up can be confusing. Understanding them helps you make better decisions about backing up.
Testing your backups is an easy step to overlook, but an important one to take. Make sure your backups will be there when you need them.
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.