The large majority of people I know manage more than one machine, and often like to keep their data synchronized between these two machines. In my backup workflow, where my laptop is the primary originator of most of my data, I use Syncback Pro to make sure the data is correctly synchronized between my laptop and my desktop, and I then use SpiderOak's online backup client … [Read more...] about Online Backup Services and Synchronization: Do you Trust the Algorithm Not to Delete your Files and Pictures?
I've talked at length on this blog about the need to run frequent backups, but I haven't spoken much about making archival copies of data on DVD. For most people, backing up to an external hard drive (or two) as well as to a (trusted) online source is a pretty adequate way to safeguard your data. But for those of us who like to take it a step further, archiving your data to … [Read more...] about How to Split Folders into DVD Sized Chunks or How to Split Directories to Span DVDs
In a previous post I talked about disk images vs file backups and when to use each. In this article I will focus specifically on file-level backups and give you a checklist you can use to make sure you are backing up everything you need. As a general rule, you should try to keep all of your data in one place -- or in multiple manageable places (see my article on windows … [Read more...] about The Home PC Backup Checklist – A Backup Planning Tool for Saving your Files and Data
Backing up your PC is one of the few critical chores (yes, it's a chore) that you must do in order to keep your data safe and your peace of mind. Before we get into the checklist, some quick background is needed. Generally speaking there are two types of backup procedures: a disk image backup and a file-level backup. Disk Images A disk image is basically one big file … [Read more...] about The Home PC Backup – Disk Images vs File-Level Backups
People often ask me what the best way is to maintain a backup of their computer system. While the backup software you use is important, the strategy you use to backup may be even more important. What’s the Best Strategy? That’s simple. NEVER rely on one device to store data which for which you only have one copy. Put another way, always keep TWO copies of any important … [Read more...] about External Hard Drive Backup Strategy: A Plan for Backup Success