MOZYPRO ONLINE BACKUP

Online backup has been a tempting possibility for years. Your files are automatically copied to safe online storage and kept up to date automatically at a reasonable price. Cool!

Until now the companies offering online backup services have looked a little flaky. I kept running into the name Mozy, though, which just introduced MozyPro as a business-level backup solution. […] continued

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DELETING ONECARE BACKUP FILES

Windows Live OneCare makes it simple to back up your files to an external hard drive. The new version of OneCare allows backups to be updated automatically, every day or every week. If those backup files outgrow the external hard drive, you’ll need these tips to help start the backup process over. […] continued

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VISTA & SHADOW COPY

Windows Vista Business edition has one of those features that you might not need right away – but if you ever do need it, it will be a lifesaver.

Vista Business (and Vista Ultimate) uses Microsoft’s “shadow copy” technology to make a copy of your files while you work – automatically, in the background – and tuck that copy away in case you need it later. […] continued

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E-MAIL RETENTION AND THE NEW FEDERAL RULES

Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have imposed new requirements for retention and production of electronic records in federal court litigation, especially e-mail. Here’s my notes when the changes first came to my attention.

A quick reading of some of the articles about the new FRCP revisions gives the impression that businesses should drastically change their practices to ensure long-term retention of e-mail and backup tapes, but that’s not quite correct. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SYNCTOY

Microsoft has released version 1.4 of its wildly useful utility SyncToy, a free program for copying, moving, renaming and deleting files between folders and computers. Here’s the page for downloading the new version. If you’ve already been using SyncToy, uninstall the previous version before installing this update.

SyncToy automates a variety of tasks involving synchronization of folders in two different places. […] continued

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WINDOWS LIVE ONECARE BETA 1.5

Microsoft has given an early look at an upgrade to Windows Live OneCare. It’s in open beta testing but I don’t recommend that you install it yet.

For the most part there are only modest changes, but there are two important improvements in the backup system.

  • Backups can be scheduled more frequently than once a week – a big step forward in protecting your files automatically.
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FOLDERSHARE

Let’s talk about syncing files. I’ve got a new program you ought to know about.

Imagine that you have a folder full of files and you want to have a copy of that folder on another computer. There’s a lot of reasons to do that: to take your work files or photos with you on a laptop; to have a backup of a folder with important files; or to share files with a friend. […] continued

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ONLINE FILE STORAGE

Altexa provides an online backup service – a small program copying designated files to an online storage space in a simple, secure way.

I have no idea whether Altexa is a good service! They may be great, they may have awful software, they may be out of business in a month. […] continued

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EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES AND BACKUPS WITH WINDOWS ONECARE LIVE

If you’re not backing up your computer, you’re not alone – but the backup utility in Windows OneCare Live should be on your mind. The price is low, the software is easy to use, and losing data when a hard drive fails is awful, whether it’s business data, Outlook folders, financial data, family photos, or a big music collection. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SYNCTOY

Microsoft has released an interesting new utility named SyncToy – the “toy” part is because it’s part of the PowerToy series of utilities, not because it’s playful.

SyncToy is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps keep multiple copies of files organized. It was designed by photographers who wanted to keep an extra copy of their photos on an external hard drive. […] continued

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BACKUPS – JUST DO IT

The variety of bad things in the computer world – viruses, worms, adware/spyware, and the like – has me spooked. Computers are going down left and right. Done any backups lately?

Here’s an article about backup choices, including links to the major online services that hold backups of your data – worth considering, although you have to wonder how many will still be in business in a year or two. […] continued

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HAVE YOU DONE A BACKUP LATELY?

Hard drives stop working sometimes. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens.

Sometimes a system can’t be started because files are damaged that Windows relies on. That can be inconvenient and expensive, but much of the time it’s not a disaster. The data on the drive can still be recovered without too much difficulty. […] continued

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LONG TERM STORAGE ON CDRs

According to this article, a Dutch magazine did an extensive test of CD-R quality. Data was burned onto thirty different CDR brands, and a shocking number of them were unreadable twenty months later.

Backups are crucial. All of us have files that are too valuable to lose if the computer won’t start tomorrow – financial data, work files, e-mail, photos, music. […] continued

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BACKUP PROGRAM FOR WINDOWS XP HOME

Windows XP Professional includes a backup program – reasonably good, although not as flexible as my favorite, BackupMyPC. It’s not installed by default with Windows XP Home Edition, but you’ve had it all along – it’s just hidden away. Here’s how to install it if you have Windows XP Home Edition:

– Put your Windows XP Home Edition installation CD into the CD drive.

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BACKUP SOFTWARE

Stomp Software is a new name to me. They’ve partnered with Veritas (well-known at the enterprise level) to produce BackupMyPC, the latest iteration of Veritas Backup Exec. It’s designed for individual PCs or small networks at home or office. It backs up entire systems or individual files; it backs up onto tapes, zip drives, CDRs, or hard drives; it can be run manually or set to back up on a regular schedule. […] continued

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