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Nauseating smell after drain overflow

An old waste pipe in my apartment, that shouldn't have been connected to anything, overflowed earlier this week. The pipe was in the bottom of my interior HVAC closet. I had standing water in the location for slightly over 12 hours. Maintenance came out to repair the pipe and replaced part of it. Now I've got a nauseating smell pervading my downstairs. What could this be from, and what if anything does my landlord need to do about it? More after the cut. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Sep 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Back-up power for DC loads only

My property's at the end of a PG&E power line and during the winter, fallen trees and mud slides cut the power for a few days at a time. Most utilities (heating, refrigeration, cooking, water heater) have propane or wood-fired back-up but Internet connectivity has not. I would like a power supply for +5 VDC and +12 VDC, capable of about 60 Ah, and rechargeable with solar cells. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Aug 18, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I move an iPad movie file to a PC flash drive?

It sounds ridiculously simple, but someone videoed a performance of me. She thought she'd send it via e-mail but that would mean breaking it up into several pieces. I thought she could drag and drop it onto my flash drive but she says, no, iPads don't have drag and drop. Go ahead and talk to me at a beginner's level since clearly I am there.
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Aug 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for a back-up program or script to be run by a non-admin

I'm looking for a back-up program or script that can be run without needing admin rights (to install, even). I have taken the unofficial duty of backing up work files for my workgroup, and I'm looking for something smarter than copying everything once a month. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Backing up my linux *installation;* everything but my /home partition

I want to back up my Linux installation---everything EXCEPT my /home partition. Soup to nuts, what's my process? I am running the final release of Crunchbang, a Debian-based distro. [more inside]
posted by wires on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Does Mac Time Machine keep a backup of my local Web storage?

Trying to retrieve some local key-value storage info from Google Chrome from 3 hours ago, from before it got erased. Is this posisble? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Online storage to dump files

I have a mass of errata and cruft, plus the usual family pictures, etc. I haven't taken the time to see how large the data set is. What's the easiest online/cloud host to dump all of this in one place ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Jun 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me find the best aftermarket car backup camera / tablet interface

Mrs. Lattiboy just purchased a 2015 Kia Soul. It's the "base" model with a manual transmission and basically no bells and whistles. She is coming from a fully loaded 2013 Prius with every possible electronic option, including navigation and backup cameras. I want to put in an aftermarket system with a decent radio, bluetooth, tablet interface, and backup cameras. She has an Android phone, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 27, 2015 - 3 answers

How to backup Windows Sever w/ Exchange on-prem and in the cloud?

Our small office is running Windows Server 2008 R2. This one server acts as our file server, our mail server with Exchange 2010, our Active Directory server, AutoDesk License server, etc. I want to have on-prem backup and use a cloud storage for some form of offsite backup, but I can't seem to find the right solution. [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Mar 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Same Backup/External Drive for A Mac and A PC?

This might sound like a strange question, but I have two computers, a Macbook and PC. If it matters, the Windows PC is online; the Macbook is almost never online. (This is why I'm not using a cloud service.) I'd like both of them to be hooked up to the same external drive (or some kind of backup drive), so I can pass files between the two, WITHOUT using the wireless network. I'm assuming I need to use hard cables for both, which is fine. [more inside]
posted by neeta on Mar 16, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I free up my phone for more games?

I love puzzle games, like The Room, Room 2, Monument Valley, Tiny Bang Theory, Botanicula, all those kinds of things (I have, in fact, gotten many recommendations from others' previous AskMes). The thing is, these games all add up memory-wise. I have finished them once, but know that I will enjoy returning to them in the future after I've forgotten some of the bits. How do I move them somewhere else to free up memory in the meantime? Or can I just delete them and download them again later? [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Feb 12, 2015 - 9 answers

I am trying to choose the right backup solution but I have questions.

(network attached storage, raid) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jan 27, 2015 - 16 answers

Need reliable external HDDs to back up my data

After some research, I think I've found my ideal backup solution. It involves me:
  • Manually creating a Macrium Reflect encrypted image file of my data once a week
  • Storing the encrypted image file to two external HDDs
  • Placing the external HDDs in two different (safe) physical locations
Now I just need to know which external HDDs that are currently on the market are considered most reliable. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jan 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Where do I put my bits?

Help me come up with an external storage solution. I want to move a large amount of data off my computer, but also start performing regular backups of the computer, as well as the migrated data, if possible. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jan 1, 2015 - 17 answers

My laptop died and was backed up online. Now what do I do?

My laptop completely died and I backed it up automatically on Crashplan. I cannot get a new laptop. Where can I save all the data? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Dec 16, 2014 - 7 answers

App to copy everything from folder A that folder B doesn't have to B?

Is there an app to copy everything from one folder to another folder that isn't already in the other folder? Suppose folder A has contents {a, f, j} and folder B has contents {f, m, v}. I'd want to be able to press a button that will figure out which files A has that B doesn't have, namely {a, j}, and copy them to the B folder, so that afterwards B will have {a, f, j, m, v}. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Dec 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Need to copy files from netbook to PC.

Just got a new internal hard drive for my PC and would like to copy files from my netbook to my PC's new hard drive. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Please help me convert a NAS into a hdd

The 3TB ex-NAS has been mounted as a new drive., but I only see ~350GB of that drive in windows. How do I convert/allocate/merge/discover the rest and make myself a big fat new hdd?? I've got EaseUS Partition Manager to help. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

iPhoto library backup

i'm having trouble opening an iPhoto library without restoring my photos. i don't want to overwrite anything in my library, but want to be able to view something in a different library on my external HD. [more inside]
posted by sabh on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Back up videos from iPad

I need a quick way to get video from an iPad onto Dropbox. Help? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Oct 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Confused about iphone photos backup

What is the correct way to make sure all of my photos are saved to my computer when I sync my iphone? I am on a PC, and I don't have iphoto. Are they being saved when I sync? Not sure about this. There is not nearly enough space in my icloud account for them all, so I have that turned off for photos for now. When I go to the photos tab in itunes, it allows me to sync additional photo folders on my computer but it says nothing about my iphone photos being saved to the computer with each sync. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Sep 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Need to restore iPhone NOTES that were not backed up.

In trying to backup iPhone 4s NOTES onto iCloud I lost many of them. When I started the process my phone said I had four different NOTES accounts: "All Notes"; "From my PC"; "Gmail"; and "iCloud". It has lost the "From my PC" account and with it, many of my older notes. They are not on iCloud either. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Aug 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Small non-profit seeks automated backup for Windows file server

Our organization recently bought a new file server (running Server 2012), but the old server probably has a few years of life remaining in it. I'd like to place the old server at the opposite end of the building and use it to host real-time backups through the LAN. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Online backup options for several Macs?

It's 2014. I should be backing up my thousands of photos in iPhoto online. Please tell me he best options available for long-term storage. Print options would be nice too.
posted by toastchee on Aug 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Best, most cost effective way to backup google apps?

We are a small nonprofit with about 10 concurrent Google Apps accounts. All I need to backup is email, not calendars or drive. I have good hardware. I do NOT have much budget. Please help, much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Aug 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Mac backup/synchronization

I'm looking for a user-friendly way to synchronize folders between OS X machines. These are in different locations, and they need to talk to each other securely. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Long-term offsite data storage (not minute-to-minute backup)?

Can anyone suggest a good service to store data offsite, for long-term secure storage? This is as opposed to, say, minute-to-minute backups of your hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Jul 8, 2014 - 8 answers

How best to backup/move a strange old blog

As part of hoovering up old blogs and content before more disappear, I'm stuck with the most difficult blog in terms of format; this one (Digital Sands). Is there an efficient way of saving both the posts and the comments to make publicly available elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jul 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?

I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Network drive for windows?

Our small office (Windows 7) had a Western Digital My Book World Edition drive. This drive attached itself to the network so everyone could see it, but mostly it was used for backups of our backups. Now the drive seems to be dying and we're looking at replacing it, but WorldBook edition don't seem to made anymore. Can anyone verify that? And if so, point us to similar type of drive, preferably 2 or more terabytes for a Windows 7 office. Does the MyBook line do anything like this? We already have a server that's managed by our IT department. This other drive is mostly just a secondary backup with storage of a few other video files on it.
posted by sock, the puppet on Jun 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Can CrashPlan do what I need it to do?

I am trying to migrate everything from Dropbox to CrashPlan, and the support person I talked to claimed he doesn't know what Dropbox is and couldn't help me. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition on May 28, 2014 - 8 answers

I backed it up, now to get it back

What is the best way to restore my backup to a new(er) iMac? Can you restore from Time Machine that has a slightly newer OS version than the new(er) computer? Or if you restore from a different backup that is a few days older but that would restore the matching OS, will Time Machine still work properly and let me update the missing recent work? [more inside]
posted by perhapses on May 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Best backup solution 2014

I've always backed my files on CDs and DVDs, but a few years back I decided to go for external hard disks because they seemed more practical. I would love to get SSD external hard disks, but they are very expensive. I'm currently looking at cloud-based backup solutions but I don't really know where to find something of quality that is private and relatively cheap. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on May 6, 2014 - 17 answers

Dropbox alternative that works with Mac "packaged" files hierarchies.

I could keep trying different options but I'm on a deadline and would love a recommendation for a reliable, "package" friendly solution. I'm working in Storyboard Pro with Mavericks and so far: -Google Drive keeps intermittently kacking out. -Box won't accept Storyboard project files. Storyboard projects contain many nested subfolders, holding many, many more tiny vector graphic files. I don't need more than a couple of gigabytes of space but it needs to be free. I've left Dropbox because of the Rice appointment, not because I dissatisfied with the product.
posted by bonobothegreat on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Backing up my Gmail account

As part of a general digital cleanup (thank you, Heartbleed), I want to perform the long overdue task of backing up my Gmail account (with nearly a decade's worth of email) to my mac. I have two questions: 1) Is gmvault the only option? Is there anything more accessible to a user who hasn't used Terminal with any regularity in eight years, and even then wasn't very proficient using the command line? 2) If gmvault is the only option, or the most accessible option, can someone explain very clearly how to run it? I am unable to successfully follow the instructions on the gmvault website--they seem to assume that I'll intuit some necessary steps, when I actually need every step laid out for me.
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Best practices for OSX backup strategy?

After another data-loss scare, I'm trying to actually get a system in place for backing up a couple home computers. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Apr 9, 2014 - 20 answers

Thunderbird email backup check- since I have to delete before restoring!

I'm returning a work laptop and want to delete a personal email profile, including all the emails. First I want to back it up. Since I can't restore anywhere first, I want to be completely certain I have something I can restore. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me restore app data (only) to a clean iPhone 5S running iOS 7.1

After a complicated chain of circumstances involving a SIM migration, a grandfathered prepaid data plan that transferred from an iPhone 3G to a 4 to the current 5S, and many hours (no exaggeration) at the AT&T store while their employees talked to level 2 tech support, I was left with:
  • A working iPhone 5S on AT&T, now getting LTE data but restored to factory settings.
  • A recent encrypted backup from the phone, just before the wipe.
It is not an option to restore the entire phone from the backup. Help me restore just the user data for selected apps. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Mar 21, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I get non-Time-Capsule networked back-up working?

I need to back up three Macs and an external iTunes library and want to do it via a drive attached to my router. My brain doesn't understand networking. I think I have all the required parts of the puzzle, but I'm clearly not understanding something important. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Mar 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Managing and backing up files across several home computers

What are your tools and best practices for managing your digital stuff across several computers at home? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Mar 3, 2014 - 12 answers

iPhone won't sync after software update and janky cable

Trying to get my iPhone 4S to restore and sync from recent backup via iTunes and no love. [more inside]
posted by *s on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Mac disk utility problem - data missing

Never thought I would be posting a question along these lines, but here we go. So I had an external hard disk with two partitions. One NTFS and one HFS+. The NTFS partition was empty. I wanted to use the NTFS partition with Time Machine so I used Disk Utility to reformat it HFS+. When the format had completed, yes, the NTFS partition was now HFS+ BUT the other partition had disappeared. When I looked at it in disk utility it had a name like "disk32s". [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Backups, images, and clones, oh my!

I have an ongoing need to make hard disk clones and images/snapshots for home and business use. What's the easiest, most effective path to do this? [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me understand what a proper business IT system looks like.

I've only worked in a small business (15-20 employees) since I got out of school, and I've handled the technological necessities since I started because nobody else could. I've handled things on an as-needed basis: troubleshooting problems, setting up new computers, maintaining an iron grip on software installations, setting up the network and administering simple network devices, etc. However, I'm completely self-taught, and I have no idea if my hacked-together system looks anything like a properly-implemented corporate IT system. So I want to know what one looks like. Specifically, I'd like to know if there are any resources I can check out on my own that paint the picture of what I should be trying to achieve. NOTE: I'm NOT averse to hiring an outside IT firm or consultant to help with specification and implementation. However, I don't want to be at the mercy of a firm's "knowledge" and my own ignorance; you can waste a lot of money that way, regardless of scenario. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Feb 11, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I make my Windows backup real simple?

I use Windows.. XP then 7 and now 8.1. I usually backup by dragging and copying to an external hard drive because, the last time I checked, the Windows backup app creates a weird huge file with a strange proprietary extension. I'd like to find a simple backup app which copies my folders and files to an external drive without compression or conversion, with the capability to do incremental backups. Recommendations?
posted by mono blanco on Feb 4, 2014 - 9 answers

It's basically a haystack made of needles.

I have a ton of old, ad hoc backups from a variety of old computers going back years. I've been very good about keeping the data around and alive, safe from bitrot, but not at organizing it or keeping it useful. How do I sort through this heap of disorganized data and make it useful? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jan 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Foolproof Wii Softmod

I need to go from "Wii with unknown WADS/etc installed" to "Wii that launches backups off WBFS or FAT formatted USB storage" [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Jan 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Backing up an open disk image?

Based on your answers to my prior question, I keep sensitive files on my Mac in an encrypted disk image. I back up my Mac to Time Machine, plus a local external Superduper! clone, and to Crashplan. How do I ensure those backups accurately record the disk image--do I have to eject the disk image or will the backups copy the open (mounted) disk? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 24, 2013 - 4 answers

SugarSync alternatives?

Sugarsync is transitioning to paid-only plans, with the minimum plan being $75/60GB. This is more space than I need, so I'm looking for alternatives. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Dec 19, 2013 - 13 answers

End of World problems: disaster recovery / secure remote access for SMB?

What are IT folks doing to ensure continuity for small business customers whose offices could be affected by natural disasters? Is XenDesktop a good idea, and if so, what configuration would seem to make the most sense? Other ideas also fervently solicited. [more inside]
posted by Embryo on Dec 19, 2013 - 5 answers

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