Articles tagged: backing up

Tip of the Day: Back Up First

Should I Disconnect My Backup Drive When I’m Not Backing Up?

Some people disconnect their backup drive when not backing up because they fear ransomware. I explain why that’s a Really Bad Idea.

Tip of the Day: Scan Those Old Photos

Why I Don’t Like System Restore

System Restore doesn’t restore your system and has proven itself too unreliable to count on.

Tip of the Day: Your Google Docs Probably Aren’t Backed Up

What Can We Learn from Mat Honan?

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.

Tip of the Day: Automate Your Backups

This Doesn’t Need to Happen

Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.

Can I Back Up Files to a Separate Partition on the Same Hard Disk?

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.

How To Reduce System Restore Disk Space Usage

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.

Tip of the Day: Check Your Backups

Should I Partition My Hard Disk?

Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.

Do I Need to Make a New Rescue Disc Every Time My Backup Software Updates?

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.

Why Don’t You Back Up Your Computer?

Backups are one way you can protect yourself from everything from hardware failure to virus infections. So why don’t you back up?

How To Keep an External Hard Drive Useful and Healthy Longer

My best practices for external hard drives concern software, hardware, and — you guessed it — backing up.

Tip of the Day: Back 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.

What Backup Program Should I Use?

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.

What External Drive Should I Get?

I’ll review the characteristics of external drives and include a couple of specific recommendations.

How to Best Back Up Your Encrypted Data

Encrypting your data is important for security, but it also adds risk that’s easy to overlook when backing up.

How Do I Create a New Machine Image?

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.

Let’s Get More People to Back Up

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.

How I Deal With Inexplicable Change

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.

How do I protect the files on a portable hard drive?

The answer to this is simple. If it’s only in one place… it’s not backed up!

Can I backup one computer to another?

Your computers are probably already attached over your home network. You just need to  “share” them.

Why did my pictures disappear?

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…

Archiving – What it is and why you need to start

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.

Is it better to use incremental or differential backups?

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.

Is It Safe to Leave My External Backup Drive Connected?

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.

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.

Is Using RAID a Good Backup Alternative, and if so, which RAID Should I Use?

RAID is a valuable technology for improving apparent disk speed and fault tolerance, but it is in no way a replacement for backing up.