cloud backup

Will Carbonite back up my hard drive exactly how it is?

Episode 1568

Robert from Glendale, CA

Robert has been backing up on Carbonite, and it's a good thing because his computer recently "melted down." So he's going to be restoring his backup from Carbonite to a new Dell computer. Will he get data back to the exactly same file structure that he had on his original computer? Leo says you should. It should be backed up exactly the way you had it set up. It also pays to verify it from time to time just to be sure. You can also do it with Carbonite's restore utility or just drag and drop individual files over.

Can I update to macOS High Sierra?

Episode 1512

Barbara from Redbluff, CA

Barbara would like to update to macOS High Sierra, but she thinks that she can't update it because she hasn't updated in a long time. Leo says you can. The way you can do it is to go to the last version your computer can handle directly. If that's macOS High Sierra, then just go to the app store download it and install. If you're getting notifications, then you're golden. It'll take awhile though.

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP765?locale=en_US

How much cell phone storage do I need?

Google Photos

Episode 1503

Pete from Clinton Township, NJ

Pete wants to know if a 32GB smart phone is big enough for every day use. Leo says it should be, but he'll need to have a storage strategy for things like videos, photos, and even music. Leo recommends using Google Photos. He'll get unlimited high resolution storage, or 15GB of uncompressed storage for free. The unlimited high resolution is really great for everyday images. Leo says he can turn on automatic uploading via Wi-Fi in the app settings and then have the app delete the images from his phone.

What's an easy cloud backup alternative?

Microsoft OneDrive

Episode 1486

Carol from Northridge, CA

Carol had an offline cloud storage service but it crashed her computer. She'd like to know if there's alternatives out there that are fairly simple to use. BackBlaze is an option for $5 a month, but Leo says it's really not that easy to use. Carbonite is a sponsor and it's pretty easy to use. It's $72 a year, which is only $6 a month. Microsoft OneDrive is probably the simplest solution for Carol, though.

Have I lost all my images on my old phone?

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Episode 1484

Chester from Bellflower, CA

Chester had to return a phone, and he wants to know how he can get the old photos off it? He's told he has to get them off the cloud, because the phones were returned. Rich says that if his phone didn't have a miniSD card that the images were saved on, they're probably gone. If he turned on cloud backup, however, he may find them there. Samsung has a service called Samsung Cloud. He should log in and see if he can find them there. This is why he should have more than one backup solution.

What's the best cloud backup for images?

Google Photos

Episode 1476

Alan from Massachusetts

Alan got a new PC and he's trying to copy all his images over to it with an external hard drive. How can he back up his images to the cloud without getting duplicates? And how can he delete extra copies of his images? Leo says that there are some good "deduplication" apps that will work. But he'll run the risk of eliminating an image that is close to another but slightly different.

How can I back up sensitive information to the cloud?

Microsoft SharePoint

Episode 1444

Christian from San Diego, CA

Christian is installing new computers at his accounting company. He's going to be transferring the data from one computer to another and wants to know if Google Drive will work. Leo says absolutely not. There are serious privacy issues handling a client's financial information and personal details. Carbonite is a better option that is encrypted. He'll want to be sure that the data is not only encrypted at the destination but also in transit and that the keys are well controlled, ideally only by him.