Articles in Category: Applications
Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.