Eight steps to a backup strategy using Windows own built-in tools, plus four more to handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.
Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.
Here’s another example of why going digital enables a level of backup safety that single originals simply can’t achieve.
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.
Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.
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.
Step one to an operating system upgrade? Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine! Step one to a reinstall? The same.
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.
There are many, many alternatives to Microsoft Office. Whether or not they’ll work for you depends on your needs.
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 exceptionally confusing. Understanding the terms can lead to better decisions when 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.
Before you dismiss it because it’s a subscription product, take a look and do the math – Microsoft Office 365 might be surprisingly affordable.
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.
File History is advertised as Windows 10’s backup solution. In reality, it can be a useful component of a larger strategy. I’ll show you how to set it up.
I don’t think much of Windows’ backup utility–but any backup is better than no backup. Let’s take a look at how to use it.
Copying photos from your phone to your PC is simple with a few readily available tools.
Backing up an encrypted hard drive shouldn’t be difficult, but it’s important to understand what you’ll get.
Having a regular backup 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 my backups.
The difference between image and clone is both simple and confusing, because the terms are used interchangeably to mean different things.
Occasionally, Microsoft Office programs can become damaged for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, you can repair Microsoft Office.
Your computer’s system reserved partitions should have nothing to do with backing up (other than needing to be backed up themselves). I’ll review what they are, and how a back-up program might be mislead.
Backing up is incredibly important. Knowing what to back up, where to back up, and how often to back up are just as important.
Back up photos and videos religiously to avoid losing your most precious and irreplaceable memories.
It’s a good idea to test backups before disaster strikes. Unfortunately, a complete test can be risky. I’ll look at some alternatives.
It’s tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But if you’re not careful, you could easily miss something very important.
EaseUS Todo will throw an error if one of the partitions you want to back up has an error, or isn’t in an understandable format. I’ll walk you through your options.
Backing up to an external drive is an easy way to make sure you’re covered in event of failure. But how should that external drive be configured?
I talk about backups a lot. So how do I back up? It’s not for the faint of heart, and you may be sorry you asked…
Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for average users.
I can’t tell you how long you should keep backups, but I can give you some guidelines and examples of the implications of your choice.
While Windows 10 backup is included as part of the operating system, I consider it to be barely adequate, and prefer a more full-featured solution.
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 and resources to learn more.
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.
Testing your backups is an easy step to overlook, but an important step to take. Make sure your backups will be there when you need them.
Transferring to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, prepping for a transfer can be as simple as a side effect of backing up regularly.
Backing up data using an online backup service can seem to be an effective solution, and it can be an important part of an overall strategy, but there are important limits and considerations.
Many external drives include free backup software. I’ll review why I rarely use what comes with the drive and prefer making my own choice.
Understand why incremental backups can sometimes be much larger than expected.
I’m often asked if backup images as one large file are more susceptible to failure than storing the contents as individual files. My take: not really.