Backup and Recovery

Best backup practices and recovering lost data.

What's the difference between off site backup and syncing?

Episode 1138

Michelle from Thousand Oaks, Ca
Sync

Michele uses Carbonite and she's concerned about how long the backup lasts. Leo says that if she deletes the original on the local drive, the backup drive will be removed about three months later. But if she's syncing it, it'll delete it immediately. Generally, though, backups don't get deleted right away. That's the whole idea.

How do I get rid of malware on my computer?

Episode 1136

Linda from El Segundo, CA
Laptop

Linda has a Windows 7 machine that has been infected with malware. Leo says that ultimately, it's probably best to use the recovery discs that came with the computer. Most OEMs don't include original Windows install discs, but usually offer recovery discs. She could try cleaning the malware off, but usually malware invites more viruses, so it's the malware she doesn't know about that she should be concerned about.

How can I recover data from my hard drive?

Episode 1134

Rob from Huntington Beach, CA
Hard drive

Rob was using Adobe Premiere to edit his video, but he ran into problems when his external hard drive gets unplugged. Leo says that if a hard drive suddenly gets disconnected, OS X doesn't like it. Modern operating systems use a journaling setup that will save up a bunch of data before it writes to the hard drive. That's why OS X wants him to eject the drive first before disconnecting. When he disconnects while the hard drive is writing, then the hard drive writes a kind of 'word salad' to the hard drive that could corrupt it. He'll need some recovery software that can fix the file table.

How can I sync my NAS drive with Google Drive?

Episode 1134

Kevin from Ontario, Canada
Netgear Stora NAS

Kevin has a NetGear Stora NAS drive and it's not backing up the way he wants it to. He uses Google Drive and it's not syncing to it. Leo says that Google Drive is syncing to the local computer and not the NAS. If he sees the NAS mounted on his computer, then he should get the NAS and the local computer synced first. Since Kevin uses a Mac, Leo uses ChronoSync but Super Duper is good too.

Can I trust Carbonite?

Greg from Glendora, CA

Episode 1134

Greg has an issue with Carbonite. He wants to transfer his data from one computer to another, and they want to handle it for him. Can he trust them to handle the data? Leo says that Greg can do it himself, but if he's not all that technically apt, then he can absolutely trust Carbonite.

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How do I backup my Android phone and my old iPhone to a new iPhone 6 Plus?

Episode 1132

Doug from Sacramento, CA
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Doug ordered a new iPhone 6 Plus. He has his old iPhone 4 backed up. He also has his Samsung phone backed up. He wants to restore the apps he had from his old iPhone, and his calendars and contacts from the Samsung, to the new iPhone 6 Plus.

Leo says backup the iPhone 4 to iTunes and restore it to his new iPhone. Then sync the contacts to Google and log into his Google account on the iPhone 6 Plus. It'll sync and his contacts and calendars will be there.