The large majority of people I know manage more than one machine, and often like to keep their data synchronized between these two machines. In my backup workflow, where my laptop is the primary originator of most of my data, I use Syncback Pro to make sure the data is correctly synchronized between my laptop and my desktop, and I then use SpiderOak's online backup client … [Read more...] about Online Backup Services and Synchronization: Do you Trust the Algorithm Not to Delete your Files and Pictures?
I've talked at length on this blog about the need to run frequent backups, but I haven't spoken much about making archival copies of data on DVD. For most people, backing up to an external hard drive (or two) as well as to a (trusted) online source is a pretty adequate way to safeguard your data. But for those of us who like to take it a step further, archiving your data to … [Read more...] about How to Split Folders into DVD Sized Chunks or How to Split Directories to Span DVDs
In a previous post I talked about disk images vs file backups and when to use each. In this article I will focus specifically on file-level backups and give you a checklist you can use to make sure you are backing up everything you need. As a general rule, you should try to keep all of your data in one place -- or in multiple manageable places (see my article on windows … [Read more...] about The Home PC Backup Checklist – A Backup Planning Tool for Saving your Files and Data
My readers know that historically I haven't been a fan of online backup services for one main reason: privacy. The way I see it, data is only as secure as the server that it's on, and while you can encrypt from here to the moon, your encryption is no good if someone else has access to your password. Now as the volume of data I need to store has increased, I started exploring … [Read more...] about SpiderOak Backup Review: A Secure, Encrypted and Private Online Backup Service
I’ve been a big fan of SyncBack Freeware for a very long time, and for a very long time it handled everything I needed to do when it came to keeping my laptop in sync with my desktop machine and my external hard drive. As my business has grown (which is a good thing), the amount of data that I need to store has also grown. Because of the risk of catastrophic data loss, as low … [Read more...] about SyncBack Pro: Encrypted sFTP Synchronization for Online Backup Servers