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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

 

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

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

How can I best replace my dead PS3 without losing all my stuff?

My beloved 60GB "Fat" PS3 has kicked, after many years of faithful service. I'm trying to figure out how to replace it with minimal hassle and without losing anything from the hard drive. Google search turns up conflicting advice. Long-ish explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by churl on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Need a Crashplan plan.

I’m finally signing up for an unlimited Crashplan package this weekend. This is my first time using web storage for any of my backup needs. Can you let me know if I’m thinking correctly about 1) what I back up online and 2) what makes sense for backing up in the future? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2013 - 11 answers

I can SEE that this is a burned disk.

DVD-R data archives from an old computer are showing up as blank disks on all the new computers I've tried them with. What can I do to get my data? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Feb 13, 2013 - 18 answers

iPhone backup and protection during iOS 5 upgrade

Augggh. I'm being forced to upgrade my iPhone to iOS 5 (critical app requires it). Questions inside -- most importantly, can I completely opt out of iCloud? [more inside]
posted by lorimer on May 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Because lemons are for drinks, not for data.

I'd like your thoughts on the Wolverine PicPac II or alternatives, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 5, 2011 - 2 answers

How to automatically backup remote users data (OS X)

What is the best method to force my remote users to backup their data. They all use MacBook Airs currently, and I'm looking for a good solution. I need something that they dont have to think about and they will be protected. [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

I have a hard disk, but nothing to enclose it.

Please help me find a reliable external Hard Disk enclosure. [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Apr 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Is it gone for good?

My best friend got the new iPhone 4 in early August, but never synced it. When she finally synced her phone last week, she mistakenly told iTunes to Restore from back-up (the July back-up). Is there anyway to get her data back? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Apr 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find a personal offsite data backup service.

Help me find a personal offsite data backup service. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Like a Drobo, but minus the Robo?

I have a media server (a Mac Mini) with several external HDDs hooked up to it. I'd like to transition to a storage solution that will be both tidier and more cheaply/easily upgradable. Challenge: I am very serious about backups and don't trust a system like a Drobo to handle redundancy. [more inside]
posted by raygan on Sep 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Backups during solar storms

What's the best way to safeguard my backups from the effects of a solar storm? Should I worry about that at all? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Best way to eliminate personal data on Macbook Pro?

After problems with my old laptop Apple sent me a free replacement, whats the best way to migrate my data, eliminate personal info but leave potential problems intact? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Oct 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Catastrophic MacBook Failure

I think my hard disk just died. Help me figure out an action plan, before I die of anxiety. [more inside]
posted by roofus on Apr 13, 2009 - 12 answers

What is the best personal data backup scheme?

My data backup procedure is in shambles. What is the best personal data backup scheme to protect my data? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Mar 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Open-source or trial de-duplication tools anyone can recommend?

I have several old data backup devices, with some overlap on what's on them. I'd like to consolidate them all onto a new device, but without having 3 copies of the overlapping redundant data. I think the term I'm looking for is de-duplication. Any open source or free trial tools that MeFites can recommend? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jan 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Am I stupid to buy OEM Hard Drives?

I need advice on the reliability and economics of buying OEM Hard Drives in bulk. Is it false economy? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Dec 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me backup my system.

Data Backup Filter: I have about 6TB (yes TB, not GB) of data. I need to back it up BEFORE it crashes. I also need a good way to share it on the network. How can I do this? Details within... [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jul 8, 2008 - 28 answers

How do I measure daily adds/changes to a set of data, for backup purposes?

How do I measure daily adds/changes to a set of data, for backup purposes? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jun 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for ideas on managing files from multiple locations

Give me some ideas to manage my files, my data, my general computer setup etc. etc. for best use from multiple locations. [more inside]
posted by djgh on May 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Please help me save years of digicam pics!

How can I save my digicam pics (retrieved from various old CDs and DVDs) and not spend weeks on it? Currently many of them crash (Windows) Explorer. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jan 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Most Likely This is Hopeless-Filter

So, my friend, a new Mac user, accidentally deleted roughly five years worth of personal photos from his computer. Yeah. Is there any way to get them back? [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu on Mar 10, 2007 - 18 answers

How to set up a PC as a file server for a Mac?

I want to set up a PC as a file server for my Mac. I'll also use it for light video gaming and website testing. What OS should I run? What else should I consider? [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Dec 26, 2006 - 4 answers

What's the best way to backup/restore (on a Mac)?

What's the best way to backup/restore (on a Mac)? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision on Dec 11, 2006 - 13 answers

Does this DVD backup software exist?

Backing up data to unreliable media (DVD) [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos on Sep 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Setting up my new HDD

What should I do with my new hard drive? [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha on Apr 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Automatd hard drive backup in XP?

What's a good program to automate backing up one hard drive to another one on the same box in Windows XP?

Something that made a complete backup of certain folders every morning would be ideal.
posted by signal on Dec 15, 2003 - 19 answers

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