Articles tagged: backup
Many external drives include free backup software that I never use. I’ll explain why, and what I do instead.
OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing online backup.
Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss but can seem complicated. I’ll give a suggestion for typical users.
Online security is critical. Here are the key steps you can take to keep yourself safe on the internet.
Encrypting your data is important for security, but it also adds risk that’s easy to overlook when backing up.
The rescue or emergency disk provided by many backup programs is more useful than most people realize.
Transferring data to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, being prepared for a transfer is a side effect of backing up regularly.
Image backups are great ways to back up absolutely everything on a hard disk. They’re also good for retrieving most anything, including individual files.
At its most basic, backups are simple: a copy of something kept somewhere else to keep it safe.
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.
OneDrive tries to make it easy to back up important folders, but at the cost of making some things very confusing.
Using Dropbox to share files across machines is pretty common. You can also use Dropbox on only one machine as backup technology.
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.
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.
You might lose your hardware and any un-backed-up data on it, and possibly give a thief access to it all! I’ll cover a few of the basics. A stolen computer or lost computer can open the doors to all sorts of havoc if you’re not prepared.
Restoring to a smaller drive is often difficult. I’ll list the steps necessary to get the job done.
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.
Given how much we’ve come to rely on them, are you prepared to lose your mobile device?
It’s important to back up LastPass, because unexpected things happen. What you do with that backup, however, is critical.
While Windows 10 backup is included as part of the operating system, I consider it to be barely adequate, and prefer a more full-featured solution.
Backing up data using an online backup service can seem to be an effective solution, and it can be an important part of an overall strategy, but there are important limits and considerations.
One of the most common, and heartbreaking, stories of data loss involves irreplaceable digital photos and videos. I discuss backing up your photos, how I do it, and share some Corgi pictures along the way.
I had an impending NAS drive failure. I’ll share how I got there, the mistakes I made, the things I did right, and the lessons I learned.
My recent survey kinda depressed me, but I have hope. My next book tries a different approach to writing about backing up – and you can help!
For the past several weeks I’ve been asking new subscribers, “Do you back up?” The responses have been a little depressing.
I took a look at the Windows 10 technical preview, and walked away very disappointed with Windows 10 backup. It’s just as broken as Windows 8.1’s, with no fix in sight.
I repaired a friend’s machine’s hard disk failure, only to discover something much, much worse: data loss.
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.
Relying on free email services can be an unnecessary risk. Fortunately it’s possible, even easy, to back up Gmail.
Windows 8.1 changed its included backup program. A tiny bit for the better, and a lot for the worse. I wrote a book on Windows 8.1 backup, but I’d rather you did something else.
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.
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.
Do I have to say it? The only crash-proof technology is a good and recent backup!
Quality and features in hard drives can change over time. So first, look at your needs.
System restore just doesn’t seem to work reliably. There is actually a much better way to protect your system from corruption and mistakes.
A grinding noise and slow computer probably indicate the worse. Stop everything right now and back up!
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.