Backup and Recovery

Best backup practices and recovering lost data.

Can I Put My Old Synology Drives Into My New Nas?

Synology NAS

Episode 1795

Steve from Charlotte, North Carolina

Roger just got a new Synology NAS and wants to know if he can put his old Synology hard drives into it. Leo says it may not be able to due to the age of the older NAS. There is a good app that comes with your Synology called Hyper Backup that will automatically sync two Synology's so that you have the same data on both. So instead of getting rid of it, use it as a backup to the backup, or at least migrate from one to another.

What's the Best Way to Backup and Organize My Photos?

Nextcloud

Episode 1795

Jimmy from Panama City, CA

Jimmy misses Google Picasa. He loved that photo app. What's a good alternative that doesn't require a monthly fee? Leo says that Picasa was the sweet spot from the low-end freebie and the high-end app like Photoshop or Lightroom. Google bought it and then killed it after promising to move features over to Google photos, which they never really did. It's a pity too.

How Can I Backup My Novel?

Microsoft Office 365

Episode 1793

Jeri from Costa Mesa, CA

Jeri has made the shift to writing and is doing a memoir about her life as a pilot. But she's concerned about backing up her data. Leo says it's wise to be concerned. Having a local backup is a good start, but bad things can happen when you least expect it. So Jeri will want to have an off-site backup as well. Leo says having three copies, in two different formats, with one off-site is the way to go. That's called a 3-2-1 backup strategy, and it's based on DPBestFlow by Peter Krogh.

How Can I Transfer Data From an Old Mac Hard Drive?

Paragon Software

Episode 1789

David from Redondo Beach, CA

David (the Laptop Elf)  is trying to get some data off a 2011 Macbook, which has a dying hard drive. He pulled the hard drive and now has to connect it to her new Windows computer and transfer the data. But the MacBook uses iPhoto, and it has a single file with all the images balled up together. Sort of. R/C the iPhoto data file, and you'll be able to open it as a folder. You'll then see all the original images and transfer them over with a simple drag and drop.

How Do I Restore My Data From iDrive?

iDrive

Episode 1788

Cindy from Carson, CA

Cindy recently made a backup of her computer, and then it died. So now she has to restore her data from iDrive to a new computer. But she doesn't know what to do. Leo says that there's a restore folder that she can copy to the hard drive. That way she's not overcopying by restoring one blob back onto the hard drive. She can also search by file extensions. It's a bit of work, but it should be in documents. 

Should I Make an Image of My New Computer Before I Use It?

Backing Up

Episode 1781

Karen from Los Angeles, CA

Karen got a Lenovo Yoga laptop. How does she back up her computer? Leo says that there's a utility on the machine that will enable her to make an image backup. Windows Key. Type Backup. At the very bottom, go to backup and restore for Windows and then create a system image. Then you can make an image of it to an external USB drive. Leo says to make two images. One a virgin system image, and the second after you've made it just the way you want it. Then back it up periodically to keep it up to date.

How Do I Move Photos off an Old Windows 98 Computer?

Windows 98

Episode 1781

Jan from Yucaipa, CA

Jan has an old HP desktop running Windows 98 and has a working floppy drive. She can't connect it to the internet because a browser doesn't support it. So she'd like to donate it. Before that though, she wants to get her images off it. How can she do that and put it back on her newer Windows 7 computer? Leo says Jan should be able to plug a USB Thumbdrive so you can. But really, old versions of Windows 98 didn't, so that could be Jan's main problem. You can download a third-party USB driver that will handle it.

How Can I Do Cloud Backup on My Mac With an External Hard Drive?

Fuse

Episode 1775

Glenn from Malibu, CA

Glenn bought a 4TB hard drive so he could back up stuff and then move it to the cloud. But he's been told that he can't upload an entire image using Mac. Leo says that a more efficient way to do it is to have two hard drives and bring one off-site. Maybe to home or to work. Then swap them every other week. Leo also says that Fuse for the Mac will let you see other file formats on the mac, like NTFS, and use that to back it up. 

How Can I Backup My Network Hard Drives?

Seagate

Episode 1772

Martin from Hayward, WI

Martin wants to know what is a good backup strategy for his Seagate hard drives and how can he mount them as network drives. Leo says that Seagate has its own backup in the cloud, which figures out where all the drives are. But that's not the only way to do it. FTP can work with a sync program. Robocopy wasn't designed for it, but it may be able to. The key is to figure out what the IP address is on the fly since most are dynamic. If he had a static IP, it wouldn't be a problem. The key is to find a sync program that supports FTP, but FTP isn't secure either. SCP is where it's at.

Why Do Some Hard Drives Fail With Backup and Recovery?

Windows 10

Episode 1767

Jacob from Montreal, Canada

Jacob runs Windows 10 and uses a 2TB USB external drive for backup. He can either do an image that restores file by file or the entire drive. But it doesn't work to restore with all hard drives. What gives? Leo says that there are some drives that combine two drives into one. But they are fewer and farther between now, as 2TB drives are more readily available. Plus, operating systems are now 64 bit, so it's easier to keep track of larger file sizes. In reality, it shouldn't matter. Windows should just read them.