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406 Automatically see the contents of your backup drive

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You plug in your overnight backup drive, but nothing happens on your computer screen. What’s going on?

 
I’ve set up backups for hundreds of client computers. Once it’s configured, it’s an easy 3-step process:

At night when you’re done with the computer, plug in the backup drive and watch the window come up on the screen to […] Read more »

402 When you get a new backup drive, do this first

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You just got a brand new portable/external drive to back up your important computer files. Do you know the first thing you should do with it?

 
What a lot of people do is just take it out of the package, and plug it in to their computer. Then a window pops up asking them to run […] Read more »

393 Don’t skip this important part of the backup process

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If you do the overnight backup to a portable drive (the process I recommend), make sure you don’t skip this one important step!

I’ve set this up for hundreds of my clients. And I use the same software and process myself. The program is called Macrium Reflect, and it’s free for personal use. It takes some […] Read more »

The Western Digital backup disaster

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Recently, Western Digital had a problem with a couple of their external drives. This caused a huge disaster for some users, who ended up losing all of their data. Here’s what happened, and why those who follow my backup process had no problems.

 
First, let’s clear up some terminology.
A portable drive usually is slightly smaller than […] Read more »

The OTHER big reason you need a local backup

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Many times on my blog and podcast I’ve encouraged everyone to make sure they have a backup of anything important on their computer. For most people, the big reason for having a backup is to make sure you don’t lose anything important, like documents and pictures, if your hard drive fails. But there’s another really […] Read more »

Automatically backup your photos online for FREE

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For a lot of people, the most valuable thing stored on their computer (or their phone) is the collection of photos. A lot of things can be replaced, but not the photos. In case you didn’t know, there’s a way to back up your photos that is 100% automated and completely free. You should be […] Read more »

How to check your computer’s hard drive for failure

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Did you know there’s a free program you can run, and it will check your computer’s hard drive to see if it’s showing any signs of failure?

 
Disclaimer: This software is not foolproof, it’s just one of the best at detecting signs of hard drive failure.
The program I’m referring to is called Crystal Disk Info. It’s […] Read more »

Things that seem right but are really wrong

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Sometimes there are things that on the surface seem to be true, but when you dig a little deeper you find out they aren’t true at all. Or, there might be something that you know in your head is false, but your mind still thinks about a different way. For example – what’s the moon […] Read more »

Why would you need TWO backups?

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For some of my clients, I have a hard time convincing them that they need to have a backup process in place. Usually these are people that have not (yet) experienced a hard drive crash and lost some, or all, of their important files. Their computer is working fine at the moment, they’ve never had […] Read more »

A file on your desktop that you should NOT back up

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You know I am always preaching about doing backups. And even people that don’t have a backup process in place know that they SHOULD, but until that unexpected problem comes up and they lose their important documents or irreplaceable pictures, they just say that they’ll do that “someday”. Today I’m not going to tell you […] Read more »