Best backup practices and recovering lost data.
Backup and Recovery
Tony can't start up his installation of Windows without getting a blue screen. Leo suggests trying to start up in Safe Mode to see if he can get into Windows that way. Chances are, it's a hard drive corruption issue, or a damaged system file. If he can get to a text prompt, then he should reset the system configuration data. Then he can reset BIOS.
Jessie's wife is complaining that her iPhone is running out of space. Leo says that's because of all the pictures and videos she has on that 16 GB phone. Jessie says that her previous iPhone was able to store more photos and videos than her new one. Leo says it's because the camera in the new iPhone has a larger sensor and saves larger files. There's also less space thanks to iOS 8.
Ken has a old Intel iMac. Should he be reinstalling OS X occasionally to keep it running well? Leo says that he could, but it's not as important on a Mac as a Windows PC. This is largely because it doesn't have a registry. But he can do it if he wants, and it's really easy to do now. Once a year or two, it's a good idea to clear out the machine and start over. He should just make sure to back up his data first though.
Leo says Microsoft has a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, but Leo doesn't like that as much. Leo recommends just getting an external hard drive, and copy over everything in My Documents, My Pictures, and all of the "My" folders. Then he can copy that all onto the new system, and in the process, he'll be making a backup. He'll have his files on his old machine, the external drive, and the new machine.
Chris ordered the 2TB Time Capsule from Apple and he wants to know if Carbonite backup that much data. Leo says that Carbonite is unlimited backup, but he should remember that it takes a very long time to back that up because he's using upstream bandwidth which is considerably slower than his download speeds.
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Richard is looking to get a personal cloud device. He's wondering if he can store virtually anything in his computer in it. Leo says he could, but he wouldn't. There are a lot of options including one from Western Digital, PogoPlug, and File Transporter. The idea of having a personal cloud solution like this is that Richard would own the drive that all the data is stored on.
Tom is getting an error message on his Windows computer that his hard drive may be starting to die. Should be believe it? He just bought it. Leo says to always keep his hard drive backed up, but Leo says that over-relying on Windows can be a mistake. Most hard drives have a technology called SMART which can warn him of some errors. So yes, he should be concerned and always have a backup just in case.
William and his Dad built their own computer together. Leo says that's a great project to do together! But his hard drive crashed. He rebooted it and now he can't do anything with the OS. Leo says that it's best to wait. Don't reset because that'll cause the hard drive to spew data across the disk. That could cause the hard drive to become corrupt. Fortunately, William has a backup. So Leo recommends doing a deep, low level format and reinstall Windows. He could try running SpinRite, but that won't solve the corruption of the file system.