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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

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

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

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

How can I get synctoy to work or find a good alternative?

I'm having problems with microsoft synctoy and would like advice on how to troubleshoot it or find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Oct 29, 2013 - 3 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

How do I sync a never-synced iPad to iTunes without any data loss?

I lost my iTunes installation in a hard drive crash. I have a backup from many months ago. I have an iPad and iPhone that have never been synced to iTunes because I got them since the hard drive failure. I'd like to re-install iTunes from the backup and sync my iPad and iPhone to the re-installed iTunes without losing any data or re-installing apps. How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 29, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I efficiently harvest Google's entire cache of my website?

I stupidly let a web hosting account expire without backing up and transferring my site to my new server. I'm talking to the host to try to get access to my data (fingers crossed), but in case that does not work out: Is there a way to efficiently harvest Google's entire cache of a specific domain? Something else I should consider? I would like to act fast on this, and I don't have any programming/tech-fu skills.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Mar 18, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to back up my file names, not my files

I need a utility or a script that will generate a text file containing the names of all the subfolders and files in the the folders I specify. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Mar 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Which home NAS with online backup for 2013?

I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Service like Backupify that doesn't require Google Apps?

I am finally going to stop using a paper calendar and start using my laptop/iPhone/iPad instead. However, having used ol' reliable paper for so many years, I'm a bit paranoid about using Google calendar (or an app) and then losing all my data somehow... Is there an iPhone/iPad calendar app that would make me feel more "secure," or is there a service like Backupify that doesn't require a Google Apps account? I'd love to back up my Gmail too, if possible. (Am I just worrying too much? Is using iCloud enough? I am clearly clueless.)
posted by trillian on Jan 15, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I improve my sync/backup plan?

Currently my computer backup/sync setup seems to be working ok, but I think it can be improved. Please give me some ideas/suggestions. [more inside]
posted by aarondesk on Dec 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Test backup of a live WP site

I have a live Wordpress blog. I want to backup and restore it to another directory so I can test and try things before doing this on the live site. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by diode on Nov 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Why is Time Machine trying to backup so much?

Why is Time Machine trying to backup 35 GB of data every single day when I'm only using 300 GB of my 500 GB HD and I know I have not changed or added that much in the time since my last backup? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Nov 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me with my hard-drive indecisiveness!

Which is the best way to store and access my digital DVD collection? [more inside]
posted by littlesq on Sep 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I get offsite backup for the 5gb data a day my library volunteer role generates?

Help me back up offsite the huge files I'm generating in my new voluntary role (c. 5Gb per session)! [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin on Aug 17, 2012 - 11 answers

The Invisible, Omnipresent Digital Backpack

I want to digitize everything, and I mean everything: DVDs, CDs, books, food… okay, not food, just the media. What should I keep in mind? How can I make this easy? [more inside]
posted by cardioid on Jul 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Does the PS3 "Backup Utility" actually back up PS1 and PS2 Virtual Memory Card savegames, or doesn't it?

Does the PS3 "Backup Utility" actually back up PS1 and PS2 Virtual Memory Card savegames, or doesn't it? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Filename, filename(1), filename(2), filename(3)

Help me delete duplicate files on an an eternal HD used to back up a Windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by lulu68 on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

I need help restoring an iPhone backup.

I need help restoring an old iPhone backup to a new phone. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Apr 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Mac Backups: Retrospect or ???

I'm looking for a reliable way to backup 100 OSX client computers across the network. [more inside]
posted by wearyaswater on Mar 12, 2012 - 8 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

Best cloud-based backup solution?

What is the best cloud-based backup solution? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person on Nov 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Can't clone a drive - software can't see it but Windows can! Why?

I'm cloning a hard drive. Windows can see the new drive and access it, but none of the cloning software can access it, no matter how I format or set it up. What's going on here, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Best way to back up photos and other media assets

I am trying to establish a good backup strategy for my digital media assets (photos, music, and some home videos) and documents. Would love to hear from you on on whether this makes sense ... [more inside]
posted by justlooking on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Data rescure on an iphone when backup/restore doesn't work

Please help me salvage data on my perfectly functional iphone. How can I copy and restore data if ituens sync doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Nov 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Whoa, back up. You're telling me it's going to take that long to back up?

12 hours to copy 96GB. Is that right? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Sep 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me implement version control and offsite backups for my thesis

I'm just starting my undergraduate thesis, and would like a backup method a bit more reliable then my standard 'ThesisV3.tex' + emailing it to myself method. I've never worked with version control before, though I'm sure I can figure that out. I am however worried about *where* to have my offline backup sync too. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Sep 8, 2011 - 25 answers

Writing on iPad 2 - help me sync!

I am a PC Windows/Word/Scrivener user with Dropbox and Google account; I want to write lengthy prose on the move (at cafes, hotels etc.) using my new WiFi iPad 2 with Apple keyboard and keep my text safely synced/compatible/accessible back at home. What apps, accounts do I need? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Jun 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Is it possible to backup and restore applications?

Windows re-installation question - I do quite a few Windows re-installations, and sometimes customers do not have their Office installation CDs or Quick books installation CDs. Is there a way to back up and restore individual applications (registry and all) that can be restored after Windows is re-installed. Thanks hive mind!
posted by speedoavenger on Jun 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Best Flash Cart for Nintendo DS Lite?

Avid/experienced Nintendo DS Lite gamers, what would you recommend as the best Flash Cartridge for my new NDSL? I'd like to have as many options and features as possible within reason (dollars and sense-wise). [more inside]
posted by taz on May 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Time Machine status: stuck in the now

The bad news: catastrophic hard drive failure! The good news: it's my back-up drive. Help me replace it. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Apr 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Keeping it backed up and in synch

Continuous Backup of external drives OS X 10.6 - best system? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Apr 26, 2011 - 18 answers

What is Time Machine Backing Up?

Why is Time Machine backing up nearly a Gigabyte every time? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Apr 23, 2011 - 11 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

How to backup a Mac that won't start up?

My MacbookPro crashed last night, and I need to access my hard drive before going to the Apple Store. Right now I can't get past the start up screen with the Apple logo. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Mar 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me consolidate, organize, and better manage my photos!

I have multiple computers with multiple folders of photos (with many copies of the same photos on multiple computers). Help me organize them! [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Best practices for reinstalling Home folder when upgrading to latest Linux (Ubuntu 10.10)?

Linux filter: I'm backing up my Home folder and preparing to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu flavor, 10.10. Presently running 10.04. I want to keep my settings for apps and reinstall my extra PPAs. Do I simply copy my old Home folder back in or do I have to do something special so I don't destroy the new install? [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Mar 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Cloning a hard drive...how?

Using clonezilla, I cloned my 80gb Maxtor SATA hard drive. Now my new Western Digital 500gb SATA hard drive reads as identical but only 80gb. What did I do wrong?
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Gigabyte Doubling Trouble

The case of the missing Mac HD space, and symlink shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Feb 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Cloud based backup freeriders?

How do the economics of cloud based backup services work? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Feb 1, 2011 - 16 answers

I wish I could quit you, Mozy

I've been a faithful Mozy backups user for 3.5 years, but they changed their pricing structure such that it is no longer unlimited. Looking for new remote backup services. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Feb 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Apple Time Capsule or other Wifi Access point for Time Machine backups in 2011?

Apple Time Capsule or other Wifi Access point for Time Machine backups? (also when do you think Time Machine refresh will occur?) [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Jan 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Picking a new computer to sync iPhone with while keeping everything.

Is there a possibility to jailbreak my iOS 4.0.2 iPhone without resetting it? Can I backup everything from my iPhone to my new computer and make it the new sync computer? [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Jan 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I *easily* backup terabytes of data to optical media?

Looking for a good way to get a backup my photo archive to DVDs. [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels on Jan 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Windows live onecare - restoring backup trouble. Help me hive mind.

Windows Live OneCare Help! - I have a windows onecare back up on an external hard drive from 2009, my windows live onecare subscription has expired. I have windows XP service pack 3 running on my laptop. Now, the restore tool won't allow me to open the backup or restore it. Is there any way around this? I really really need to get access to some old photos that are on this back up. I tried google but everything leads me to the backup restore utility. Hope me Please!!
posted by VickyR on Dec 24, 2010 - 3 answers

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