Articles tagged: backing up
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.
System Restore is allocated a certain amount of space on your hard disk. If that’s excessive, you can use less space, but at the cost of fewer restore points.
Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.
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.
Backups are one of the ways people can protect themselves from everything from hardware failure to virus infections. So why don’t people back up?
System Restore doesn’t restore your system and has proven itself too unreliable to count on.
My best practices for external hard drives concern software, hardware, and — you guessed it — backing up.
I realized long ago that when travelling, there are only two things that can’t be replaced. The approach to backing up the second has changed for the better in recent years.
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.
I’ll review the characteristics of external drives and include a couple of specific recommendations.
Encrypting your data is important for security, but it also adds risk that’s easy to overlook when backing up.
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.
Nothing can prevent or side-step issues like properly configured backups. In this overview I want to encourage more people to back up. You can help.
Yes, I deal with frustrating changes as well. It’s not that I never get frustrated; it’s what I choose next that makes for a much happier experience.
The answer to this is simple. If it’s only in one place… it’s not backed up!
Your computers are probably already attached over your home network. You just need to “share” them.
Think of your computer’s hard drive as a temporary solution for any files. It’s not a matter of if things will disappear, but when. Regular readers can guess what I’m going to say next…
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.
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.
My fairly strong opinion is that if you’re backing up to an external drive, leave it plugged in. Otherwise you’ll be missing backups on those days you forget to plug it in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mat Honan is a reporter for Wired magazine whose digital life was effectively destroyed due to account hacks and lax security policies. There are important lessons here.
RAID is a valuable technology for improving apparent disk speed and fault tolerance, but it is in no way a replacement for backing up.