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Freeze! Your backup is in danger.

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis May 16th, 2012

If you’ve been following my advice, you back up regularly.  But there are times when you should know how to lock, stop, or FREEZE your backups so that you don’t ruin them.  Let’s say, for example, you have a REALLY important document that gets corrupted somehow.  Maybe the power shut off in the middle of what you were doing, and you can’t open the file any more.  THIS is the perfect scenario for retrieving a file from backup.  The problem is, if you back up that file again BEFORE you retrieve it, you’re Hosed!  Screwed! Dataless!  You get the point.  The problem is that you overwrote the Good version from the last backup with the Bad version after it got ruined. How to prevent this?  TURN OFF YOUR AUTOMATIC BACKUP when trouble occurs.  Some do it by plugging in a USB memory stick.  If so, just turn off the program that automates the process (like  Allway Sync, for example).  If you use an Online backup, look for a command or menu item that does this.  In Carbonite it’s called Freezing your Backup.  For this service there’s about a 6 hour time lag with all files, so you have that long to choose the Freeze option.  If you do your backups MANUALLY, then that’s easy… just stop.  Don’t run another backup until you’ve retrieved what you needed.

Back up your stuff!

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis December 30th, 2010

Is it important?  Then BACK IT UP.  We have countless (sad!) stories of people losing a decade’s worth  of pictures, songs, or work because they failed to do this.  There are lots of options, but the three most popular are 1) memory sticks 2) USB or network drives and 3) online backup.  Memory sticks are now available up to 256 Gb, but the price break is at about 32 Gb right now.  USB/network drives offer much larger capacity and often come with software to automate your backup.  The most recent trend, online backup, sends your stuff to “the cloud”.  Carbonite is one of the most popular, and reasonable, online backup services.  Be sure to check pricing, security, and reviews before purchasing any of these.