sync

How can I sync my backup files?

Episode 1337

Beth from Studio City, CA

Beth bought Microsoft OneDrive and she backs up her data files on it. But she has two versions of it. Leo says one may be the backup of her tablet files. If they're supposed to be the same, she'll need to make sure they are synced before she deletes one. Dropbox may be a better option because it would tell her which drive is the backup drive. Leo also recommends backing it up locally and then she can delete one.

Why doesn't my iPhone sync with my Mac?

Apple iOS 10

Episode 1317

Jay from Chicago, IL

Jay has backed up his iPhone and installed the iOS 10 Beta. He's having issues with iCloud sync with his iPad and Mac, along with the universal clipboard. Leo says that a beta version will always have some things that don't work. Leo suggests restarting everything to see if they sync back together. He also should make sure everything is updated to the latest version. Being on the same Wi-Fi network also helps.

How can I sync Outlook to my iPad and iPhone?

Microsoft Outlook for iOS

Episode 1309

Brian from Long Beach, CA

Brian is having trouble syncing to Outlook on his laptop, iPhone, and iPad. Leo suggests going into iOS settings and removing the Outlook sync account. He could also install the Outlook app.

It could also be an issue with his Exchange server at work, especially if other coworkers are having issues. He should use Microsoft's app on the laptop. Then remove the Exchange server from iOS devices and reinstall it. It's likely a network issue with work. Brian should talk to his IT guys, as they may have to configure it.

How can I prevent ransomware infecting my backups?

Episode 1278

Greg from Conifer, CO

Greg wants to know if ransomware will infect and encrypt drives in multiple locations. He uses the Transporter to sync his data. Leo says it won't do that. It can't go over the internet to infect it. But if he's backing up encrypted files, those could get backed up replacing the other files. That's why versioning is so important. Carbonite has a great solution and a white paper on versioning.

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How can I stream all my music from my iPad?

Episode 1255

Bobbie from Hunting Beach, CA

Bobbie has ripped all her CDs and is trying to sync them to her iPad, but they won't sync. Leo says it's likely that her iPad is full and just can't take anymore data. Leo says she can manually manage her iTunes music, or she can use playlists. That way she can replace her playlists as needed. She can also use iTunes Match, which for $25 a year, will enable her to stream music from the cloud. She could also get a device that supports Bluetooth or AirPlay. Then she can stream to her home theater or Bose system.

What's the difference between backup and sync?

Episode 1225

Jonathan from Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan is having trouble backing up his Mac. He backs up to one with Time Machine and one with Super Duper. He formatted his hard drive to do a clean install. When he plugs in his backup drive, will it sync and wipe out what he has? Leo says backups will never delete anything from the backup. It just adds to it. Then he can restore to his source drive for that very reason.