For the past several weeks I’ve been asking new subscribers, “Do you back up?” The responses have been a little depressing.
Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.
Using Dropbox to share files across machines is pretty common. You can also use Dropbox on only one machine as backup technology.
Next to simply making an image backup, scheduling those backups to happen automatically is one of the topics most people find confusing. Depending on the backup software that you’re using, it’s typically not hard at all. I’ll show you by walking through the steps of scheduling a monthly full backup, using the free version of the backup […]
Backing up is important, but terms like “full”, “incremental”, and “differential” can easily confuse. I’ll look at what these terms mean.
When you get a new machine, creating a new machine image backup as soon as you can is a convenient way to reinstall should you ever need to.
The the Outlook PST file or Personal STorage file can easily grow to an extreme size. Here’s a 4-step plan to managing that size and getting it back under control.
In the past it was common to back up to DVDs. Today, the landscape has changed, and backing up to an external hard drive is more appropriate.
Cloud service providers often give us lots of storage that we can use for cloud backup. How to use it safely, however, isn’t always obvious.
Running older versions of software invariably increases your risk of security issues. The practical questions are ‘by how much?’ and ‘how do I reduce risk?’.
Over the years I’ve put together a system that requires just a push of a button to scan and store all my documents.
You may not need every kind of rescue disc possible, but you should certainly have one from your backup program.
In order to figure out how to back up your email you first have to figure out where it lives. It might be on your computer; it might be out on the internet.
The answer to this is simple. If it’s only in one place… it’s not backed up!
Macrium Reflect is clearer than Windows 7, it’s easier to understand what it’s doing, and ultimately, I trust it more.
Depending on how you use your word processing program, you may be able to find a good, free alternative to Word.
DVDs can be a clumsy solution for backing up – especially if you want to take a full system image. It’s much better to go for an external hard drive.
Programs and settings aren’t easily migrated to a new machine. For the most stable upgrade you’ll want to work from scratch.
Incremental backups, in a practical sense, have a limited shelf life. I’ll explain why a full backup once a month is just about right.
Backing up, particularly with backup image software, is for recovering from a disaster. It can also be handy when moving to a new machine, but probably not in the way you are thinking.
Lots of people keep their passwords and sensitive information in documents or spreadsheets sporting a password. Is that really safe?
Certainly any hard drive can fail. Failure is a fact of life – data loss does not need to be.
It’s useful to have a set of tools ready to be used for debugging, diagnosing, and resolving system problems of various sorts. This is called a toolkit. I’ll show you mine.
More than likely, you will 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.
Even if you don’t use all the software on your computer, malware might! So it’s best to always accept updates when they are offered.
Trying to restore Windows Live Mail through the AppData folder is not going to be clean or pretty. But with that image backup, there is an easier way…
Backing up to auto-syncing cloud services is very convenient. But what happens when it syncs your mistake?
Copying messages out of Outlook is easy – as long as you’re willing to live with the restrictions that Outlook places on what you can do with those messages later.
In truth, malware can infect anything that it wants to, but there are a lot of reasons why your backup files aren’t targeted.
With hardware failures, accidental deletions, and more, it’s easy to lose files as you are working on them. What’s the easiest way to back up your computer as you go?
Outlook’s PST or Personal STore is a single file that holds your email, contacts, and more. You can use Outlook itself to find the location of the file.
Your computers are probably already attached over your home network. You just need to “share” them.
SyncToy is a useful tool as long as you understand what it can, and cannot, do.
Moving data to your new machine from your backup is easy. Moving the programs is a different story.
Scheduling regular backups is an important step in your overall backup strategy. But they do have to run when your computer is on and accessible.
Backing up shouldn’t crash a computer, and neither should attaching a hard disk.
Backing up is actually easier with digital information. One copy of an old photograph is not backed up!
As our lives become more and more digital – from digital documents to photographs and videos – it’s time to become a little more intentional about how we keep and manage all the digital data that we’re accumulating. It’s time to think about archiving.
As long as the problem isn’t a damaged hard drive, you may be able to access your data with a Linux CD, or even better, a backup recovery CD.
Macrium will run just fine as long as your computer is still turned on. Other automatic programs may have trouble, depending on their configuration.
Any backup system puts you ahead of the game. But a few “gotchas” could sneak up on you when relying on cloning a hard drive.
When you create a backup image of your machine, it contains everything; that’s the definition of a backup image.
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) allows programs like Macrium Reflect to create bootable rescue media. If you don’t have this, you have two options.
Java in your browser, and Java on your computer, are actually two different, related, things. If you install it in the browser, then it won’t work elsewhere. Confused? I don’t blame you!
Incremental and differential backups store your data changes differently. Ultimately, the difference is one of granularity and managing disk space. But the biggest thing is that you are backing up regularly and happy with the results.
If you believe you’ve been hacked, you will want to protect and preserve your data right away. First, make sure exactly what has been hacked.
How you backup partitions depends on your backup software. Most allow you to backup multiple partitions into a single backup image file, but more than likely, you get to choose.
One way to reclaim space (and occasionally even performance) is to uninstall software you don’t need. I’ll review two important places to help you do just that.
You may not be able to extract music files from a Powerpoint presentation that is not editable. However, there is an amazing way to find out if that song is available to download.
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.
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.