Backup and Recovery

Best backup practices and recovering lost data.

Why am I getting popups saying my computer is infected?

Lee from Escondido, CA

Episode 1233

Lee gets a popup that says his computer is infected and he can't get rid of it. Leo says it's a scam, and Lee should never call the 800 number that pops up. Lee went into the task manager to kill the popup, but it kills the browser as well. Leo says that Chrome should be catching the popups and stopping them. He's now getting a popup with a bluescreen. Leo says that's a clever ploy, but it's not an actual "blue screen of death." It's just a window.

Why does my image upload to Flickr fail?

Ben from Memphis, TN

Episode 1230

Ben is trying to upload his images to Flickr, but sometimes it just doesn't work. Leo says dragging and dropping isn't perfect and it may be better to use Flickr's Desktop uploader. But he shouldn't stop there. Leo suggests using Google Photos, which will give him unlimited storage. And if he's an Office 365 user, he'll get unlimited storage on Microsoft OneDrive for free.

How do I backup my new iPhone 6s Plus?

Episode 1227

Mike from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Mike bought the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus and he's running out of storage space. Leo says that his iPhone shouldn't be his main storage device, as that's a single point of failure. Leo suggests putting his videos onto a cloud based solution like Microsoft OneDrive, Google Photos, or Flickr. He'll get a terabyte of storage free on Flickr, and Google Photos is unlimited.

Should I set a restore point before installing software?

David from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1226

David heard the caller with problems with Skype and he always sets a restore point before he installs a new program. Leo says that's a good idea, but Leo's experience has been hit or miss on that. But it's a good practice. Most of the time when you make a big change of your system, Microsoft sets a restore point, so it may already be there. Good tip.

How can I recover data from a corrupted thumb drive?

Matthew from Austria

Episode 1226

Matthew has a USB key, and while the computer sees it, he can't open any files on it. His backup is no better. Leo says that a USB thumb drive can get corrupted just like any drive and the good news is that he can recover it with software. It's probably just a corrupted file catalog and that can be fixed. He should right click on the USB key, select properties, then "scan and fix errors." He can also run Scandisk.

What's the difference between backup and sync?

Jonathan from Pittsburgh, PA

Episode 1225

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.

How can I move data from one computer to the next?

Saba from California

Episode 1220

Saba is selling a product online and she wants to update her website with new images and videos. But she's having trouble doing it. How can she transfer pictures and videos from a computer that doesn't work to another? Leo says that making sure she has backups, especially online, makes it much easier. Leo says one way is to upload videos to YouTube and link to them.