The system image tool in Windows might not be the tool that Microsoft prefers you use for backups, but it's still a good tool for migrations and disaster recovery. As CNET's Rick Broida found out painfully, Windows will behave unexpectedly every now and then, particularly after OS upgrades. This is where having a system image can be a big help.
Need to back up or export your Google Calendar appointments? You can now download them directly from Google.
As of Thursday, Google offers you the ability to save a zip file of your Google Calendar data, either all of your calendars or just select ones if you juggle multiple calendars. The process takes a few steps but is relatively straightforward.
Log into Gmail. Click on your account picture in the upper right corner, and select the link for Account. On the Accounts page, click on the link to Download your data and then click on the button to Create an … Read more
With its quick performance and extensive features, Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac stands out as a top drive copy or backup program. You'll find its well-thought-out menus and controls easy to use even if you're a new Mac OS X user. Its powerful features won't disappoint you, either.
Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac installs as a free 30-day trial version. After starting, the program walks you through a tutorial presenting its main functions. It also includes a useful Help file in case you need more assistance. To get started, you have to use a drop-down box to … Read more
Backup Cow is a remote backup system for your photos, allowing you to move them to a device or system you've installed similar software on. It is compatible with PC and P2P systems, so it is possible to move your photos to and from other iOS devices and PC desktop computers; and with a relatively quick response time and decent set of features, it is a useful tool.
After installing Backup Cow, you'll need to ensure it is installed on other devices, as well. You can download a desktop client to your computer or you can install an … Read more
This is going to be a crazy week. Already over the weekend I've seen a Dell laser printer with Wi-Fi for $29.99 (already sold out), a 16GB iPad Air for $449 (also sold out), and so on. Stores are really taking this "early Black Friday" thing to heart, so the deals are coming fast and furious -- and, unsurprisingly, selling out quickly.
That's why I'm going to devote this week to as many sweet deals as I can find, starting with this one:Cheap e-reader
I first spotted this yesterday, so I don't … Read more
Backing up photos from your iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone is easier than ever and doesn't even require you to use a computer. Services like Dropbox and SkyDrive can automatically back up your photos so you can access them from practically any device.
Instagram photos, however, aren't typically included in the automated backups. After carefully cropping your image and selecting the perfect filter, you might like to keep a backup of it as well. Here's how to automatically back up your Instagram photos to SkyDrive using an IFTTT recipe:Create your own recipe
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For years, hard drive makers have manufactured premium enterprise models that are more reliable but more expensive. Online backup service Backblaze, though, chose to use consumer-oriented drives, and now it's releasing statistics about just how reliable they are.
The company now has 75 petabytes of data stored on 25,000 drives, and it's been tracking failure rates since 2009. So far, 76 percent of drives live past their fourth birthday, said Backblaze distinguished engineer Brian Beach in a blog post Tuesday. Beach just joined Backblaze after 15 years at TiVo, where he was vice president of research and … Read more
Backup Transfer iPhone SMS to Mac is a powerful tool that will move any SMS messages currently stored in a backup file on your Mac to a separate database where you can view them. This allows you to easily see all of your messages from a single backup folder without having to load them back onto a phone, especially useful for those that delete their SMS messages over time.
After installation, the app opens and prompts you to register. The free trial version limits how many SMS messages you can download, so if you enjoy the process, you'll want … Read more
iBackup Extractor for Mac allows you to pull and view data from any of your devices on your Mac. This data, stored in backup files you make whenever you update or back up your iPhone or iPad, contains things like messages, notes, calendars, and contacts, and can be stored indefinitely on any device, including backup hard drives; so a tool like this is great for accessing information that will never make it back onto a phone.
When you open the app, you can load any of the backup files on your computer. It automatically detects them and populates a list … Read more