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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 is Microsoft's Backup Utility not completing the backup?

Episode 1210

Richard from Southern California

Richard can't do a backup -- it just stops. Leo suggests running "ChkDisk" to see that everything is OK with the data. But Leo also says that Microsoft's backup program isn't all that great because it dumps all of the data into one giant furball of 1s and 0s. That means it has a single point of failure. And there's no way to know if it has it all of the data or not.

How can I eliminate duplicates before I do a backup?

Episode 1058

Val from Valencia, CA

Val wants to offload his data onto one large drive and "de-duplicate" his files. Leo says there are a number of programs that can do it, but it's something that makes him nervous because they have the potential to eliminate what it thinks is a duplicate when it isn't. A better way is to scan the contents with a redunancy check. Leo says that SyncToy is a good one.

Leo says he can keep the old drive anyway. Drives are cheap, so he could just use that as a backup.

How can I sync hard drives to my NAS?

Episode 1036

Dwayne from Oxnard, CA

Dwayne just bought a WD MyCloud external drive and wants to clone his PC drive. Leo says that it's USB capable, but the USB port is only for attaching other hard drives. Leo suggests connecting an Ethernet cable and moving the data over with that. He can use SyncToy to sync them. There's also Second Copy from Centered Systems. The Chatroom says that the MyCloud folder on the desktop does that automatically.

How can I backup my data and keep it up to date?

Episode 1025

Brian from New York, NY

Brian was running backup with Carbonite and his hard drive crashed during the backup. Leo says that's bad luck and is likely a coincidence. Fortunately, Brian had a local backup. Leo says that a good backup strategy is what is known as a 3-2-1 backup. Three copies on two different formats, with one being off-site. Backing up and then deleting the original is not a backup. Redundancy is the key.