Articles in Category: Backing Up & Backup Programs

Nothing can save your computer and data from almost any disaster like a proper and recent back up. These articles discuss backup techniques, tools and more of the things you need to do to keep your data safe.

Can I Just Run Macrium and Do a Restore?

You typically can’t just run Macrium in Windows to do a restore because you’d be restoring on top of a running operating system. But yes, you can easily restore the whole machine. I’ll explain.

Can I create rescue disks for any point in time?

You can indeed create rescue media to restore your machine to any point in time. Rather than calling it rescue media, though, it’s nothing more than an image backup.

Can I Use a Backup Image to Wipe Free Space?

There’s an app for that! An easy combination of programs can help you clean a computer before you sell it or give it away.

Do I need to have a separate data backup if I backup my system regularly?

If you are doing regular image backups of your computer, and incremental backups of new data you’re good. But what about the files you are working on today?

How Do I Restore a Registry Backup if I Can’t Boot?

For a full, catastrophic failure where you cannot reboot into Windows, it may not be possible to restore a registry backup. You may need to have previously done a full system backup that you could then restore to get your machine working once again.

Can I Back Up Files to Save Space?

If you have only one copy – it’s not backed up. If you delete files to save space on your hard drive make sure that doesn’t leave you without a backup.

How Do I Automatically Clean Out My Accumulation of Backups?

Many backup programs allow you to specify that old backups be deleted. It’s not always obvious how, so I’ll show you in Macrium Reflect.

Can I Simply Copy Everything on My Drive in Case Something Bad Happens?

There are in fact utilities that can do an actual clone of your computer, but I would prefer you move to a more traditional image backup system.

Is My Data Safe in an Online Backup Program?

Whenever we use an online service, such as an online backup, we’re trusting that they’re doing what they say they do: keeping our information secure.

If There’s Only One Copy, It’s Not Backed Up

Not a day goes by that I don’t get a question from someone in trouble; trouble that could have been completely avoided by having a simple backup.

What’s the Difference Between an Image Backup and a Files and Folder Backup?

These two settings help you decide what you are backing up on your computer. That decision can be the difference between an easy or difficult recovery.

How Do I Back Up Email to an External Hard Disk using Outlook?

Backing up or archiving portions of your email collected in Outlook is pretty easy with one basic concept: creating and opening your own PST files.

Is an Image Backup Useful if I Need to Restore to a Different Machine?

While image backups are optimized for restoring back to the original hardware, they remain critically useful in other scenarios as well.

Macrium Reflect – Powerful Windows Backup Software

Macrium Reflect is a full-featured backup program that supports everything that I consider critical to keeping your important data safely backed up.

How do I recover my data after a computer crash?

The most painful part of a computer crash is often the loss of data. I’ll look at what to do to minimize the loss and to try to recover.