Backup and Recovery

Best backup practices and recovering lost data.

What’s the Best Satellite Internet Option?

Starlink

Episode 1832

Newt from Aliso Viejo, CA

Newt wants to know what's the best option for satellite internet. Leo says that Elon Musk's Starlink really is the best bet out there. It keeps getting faster as SpaceX launches more satellites, with the goal of having total global coverage. But it's not cheap at $99 a month and over $500 for the equipment. But for a rural area, it's the best bet. 

Should he get a new iMac now, or wait? Leo says that Apple is about to announce new macs next month, so it's definitely worth waiting for, especially if you want a larger screen.

How Do I Move Data From an Old PC to a New PC?

ASUS Netbook

Episode 1830

Fun Mikester from San Diego, CA

Fun Mike got a new computer recently. He bought an i5 with 16GB of RAM and an SSD. It's really fast. Leo says that's what an SSD will do for you. Mike wants to know the best way to move his data from the old computer to the new one. Laplink's PC Mover? Recommended by Microsoft. Leo says that's interesting because Microsoft has its own data migration assistant in Windows. Third-party solutions attempt to move your programs over as well, but Leo says they do a terrible job of it. It's much better to install the programs from scratch and move just your data over.

Why Am I Getting a Write Error in Time Machine?

Time Machine

Episode 1827

Mark from Tustin, California

Mark has been having issues where he can't do a time machine backup on his new M1 Mac. It gives him a "can't write a file" error.  Does he have enough memory for it? Leo says it's not related to memory. It's likely a Time Machine issue. One of the reasons why Leo doesn't rely on Time Machine. Leo uses SuperDuper or ChronoSync to do a backup. RSync is native to the Mac, which ChronoSync harnesses.  And SuperDuper is in beta on a bootable backup with the M1. So it's the way to go.

How Can I Delete Data Off Google Drive?

Google Drive

Episode 1821

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane is breaking up with Google. She's sick of their changing rules when it comes to Google Photos and Google Drive. Since Google has dropped the unlimited option and she's now running out of room. How can she move her data to a new option? She's mostly concerned with her music at Google Music. How does she delete her mp3s from Google Drive? Leo says she can right-click on each mp3 and select remove. It'll then move them to the trash can, and will be removed after 30 days. She can also manually empty the trash can. 

Why Won't iDrive Back Up My Encrypted Files?

VeraCrypt

Episode 1818

Gary from Cheektowaga, NY

Gary wants a program to encrypt his individual files. He's using EaseUS File encrypter, but his iDrive backup won't back them up. Leo says a number of programs will Encrypt before he backs them up. So it sounds like EaseUS may use a backup that doesn't give iDrive permissions to backup. That's likely where the hangup is. Leo recommends using VeraCrypt.

What Should I Use to Backup My Data?

Seagate External Drive

Episode 1818

John from Calgary, Alberta, CAN

John wants to know if a 512GB Thumb drive is big enough to back up his data. His hard drive is 93% full. Leo says it should be fine to move data over, but an external hard drive is much safer. Thumbdrive's can fail more often than hard drives. You can use a thumb drive, but make sure you have another backup of it. Can I back it up to Carbonite? Leo says that Carbonite doesn't back up external devices. Only your main hard drive. But he definitely agrees that John needs to get his data off that main drive. He needs at least 30% free for it to run properly.

Can I Restore a Backup Onto a New Computer?

iDrive

Episode 1813

Stacy from Camden, NJ

Stacy needs a laptop that can run a certain GPS program. Can he restore his backup data from iDrive onto a new computer and will it work? Leo says yes. It'll restore the data and all he will have to do is install the software. Then it'll be ready to go. But remember that if he's planning on uploading the backup, it may take a while to do. But it may be a good idea to make sure the GPS program will still work. If the company doesn't offer the GPS as a download, it may not be using the servers anymore. Can he back up the programs with iDrive too? Leo says no.