Articles tagged: backup

Hard Disk Interior

How Do I Transfer My System to a Replacement Drive?

Transferring to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, prepping for a transfer is a side effect of backing up regularly.

Back Up!

Are Deleted Files also Deleted from Backups?

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.

Clipboard History

Tip of the Day: Use the Clipboard for Backup

How Do I Back Up My Computer?

How Do I Back Up My Computer?

Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for typical users.

Back Up!

Tip of the Day: If There’s Any Question, Back Up

OneDrive Setup - email address

Using OneDrive for Nearly Continuous Backup

OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing online backup.

What Backup Program Should I Use?

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.

Pickpocket

Don’t Lose Your Phone: Here’s What Can Happen (and How to Prepare)

Given how much we’ve come to rely on them, are you prepared to lose your mobile device?

How To Back Up a Machine that Won't Boot

How to Back Up a Machine that Won’t Boot

The rescue or emergency disk provided by many backup programs is more useful than most people realize.

Locked Folder

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.

LastPass export path

How Do I Back Up LastPass?

It’s important to back up LastPass, because unexpected things happen. What you do with that backup, however, is critical.

Internet Safety: 7 Steps to Keeping Your Computer Safe on the Internet

Internet Safety: 7 Steps to Keeping Your Computer Safe on the Internet

Internet safety is difficult, yet critical. Here are seven key steps to keep your computer safe on the internet.

Link to System Image Backup

What about Windows 10 backup?

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.

Error!

Why Testing Your Backups Is Critical

Testing your backups is an easy step to overlook, but an important step to take. Make sure your backups will be there when you need them.

Files in the cloud

Is an Online Backup Service a Good Idea?

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.

External Disk Drive

Can I Use the Free Backup Software that Came with My External Drive?

Many external drives include free backup software. I’ll review why I rarely use what comes with the drive and prefer making my own choice.

Let’s talk about photographs

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.

NAS - Network Attached Storage

NAS Drive Failure: How I Dodged a Bullet

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.

A Question for You

A Different Approach to a Book About Backing Up

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!

Back Up!

Do You Back Up?

For the past several weeks I’ve been asking new subscribers, “Do you back up?” The responses have been a little depressing.

Continuous Backup

Using Dropbox for Nearly Continuous Document Backup

Using Dropbox to share files across machines is pretty common. You can also use Dropbox on only one machine as backup technology.

Windows 10 File History

My initial reactions to Windows 10 backup

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.

Another story of data loss, and what could have been

I repaired a friend’s machine’s hard disk failure, only to discover something much, much worse: data loss.

Discs

Should I back up to DVDs?

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.

Gmail POP settings

The Best Ways to Back Up Gmail

Relying on free email services can be an unnecessary risk. Fortunately it’s possible, even easy, to back up Gmail.

Saved! Backing Up with Windows 8 Backup

Windows 8 Backup: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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.

Accept What Is

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.

DVDs

Is an external hard drive better for backing up than DVDs?

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.

Thief!

Are you ready for your computer to be stolen?

A stolen or lost computer can open the doors to all sorts of havoc if you’re not prepared. I’ll cover a few of the basics.

Bug!

How can I make a computer “Crash Proof?”

Do I have to say it? The only crash-proof technology is a good and recent backup!

External HD Connected

Can You Recommend a Good External Hard Drive?

Quality and features in hard drives can change over time. So first, look at your needs.

System Restore Disk Space Usage

Why Does Microsoft Security Essentials seem to Interfere with System Restore?

System restore just doesn’t seem to work reliably. There is actually a much better way to protect your system from corruption and mistakes.

Your Disk is on Fire!

Why does my computer make a grinding noise when starting up?

A grinding noise and slow computer probably indicate the worse. Stop everything right now and back up!

Dragging and Dropping multiple messages

How do I save individual Outlook messages to a flash drive?

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.

Restoring an Image Backup using Macrium Reflect

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Restoring an Image Backup using Windows Backup

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Creating an Image using Macrium Reflect

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Creating an Image using Windows Backup

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