Best backup practices and recovering lost data.
Backup and Recovery
Leo says that while a local, centralized backup solution via network attached storage (NAS) is a great idea, it shouldn't take the place of off site options. NAS is a good idea though and using something like Netgear's ReadyNAS or the Synology Diskstation is a good, solid option. He recommends getting one with three or more disks that supports RAID 5.
Fred imported all the photos from his iPad to his laptop, and now wants to delete the photos from the iPad. Leo says to reconnect it to his laptop, go to the iPad settings of iTunes and uncheck photos. Then resync. It'll delete all the images on the iPad. Make sure to turn off Photostream settings as well. Leo also advises encrypting the photo folder so iTunes can't read it.
Android phones backup a lot of stuff automatically through Google. GPlus will also do automatic backups as he takes pictures. He can also use Dropbox with their app.
Grant is replacing a hard drive and he's trying to restore his backup to a new drive. He only sees one backup, though. Does that mean the file got overwritten by the newer one? Leo says it's likely that all of his backups are in that one file, and that it was an incremental upgrade. So he could restore from various backups from that one "blob" file.
There are a few options for this:
Tony works for a security firm and he wants to mirror the data of a hard drive onto a RAID. Leo says the first thing Tony should do is clone the drive since it's a very important drive to his job. Drive's will eventually die, so it's vital for Tony, or anyone for that matter, to clone the drive to back it up. Hard drives usually come with utilities for this purpose. EaseUS has a great imaging utility for that. Once that's done, save the original drive in a safe place and then use the cloned drive moving forward.
Sandra got a new notebook and she wants to make her recovery discs. But it's an ultra book. How can she? Leo says use a USB Key. That's better anyway. They're not very expensive. You can boot to it. But if that's too big, then he advises an external hard drive.
Steve is buying a laptop, but is thinking about replacing the hard drive it with an SSD.