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What's your favoured online backup service?

What's your preferred online backup service, and why? [more inside]
posted by ask me please on Jun 3, 2010 - 18 answers

 

ipod backup with playlists?

I am about to backup my ipod on my mac and want to do two things: first, preserve my playlists and, second, merge tracks on certain compilations and mix-cd's I also need to use my ipod on both mac + pc, and use it for data storage, so I know I'm off the prescribed path. Is there an app for this? :-) [more inside]
posted by cgs on May 25, 2010 - 2 answers

Need an easy, cheap, automatic way to keep ~8GB of files backed up.

I need an easy, cheap, automatic way to keep a few gigs of files stored in various folders around my computer backed up. [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on May 23, 2010 - 9 answers

You gotta be kidding me...

Fragged my computer registry the other night. I must've turned off the computer at the wrong time. Either way, wouldn't boot, and I used the factory disc to get *a* registry up and running. Problems inside [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on May 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Windows 2008 Tape Backup?

Apparently, Microsoft has declared tape backup dead. Is there freeware or reasonably priced software that allows tape backup on Windows 2008. [more inside]
posted by kjs3 on May 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I backup my iPhone texts without jailbreaking?

How can I backup/view/print text messages on my (non-jailbroken) iPhone? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Apr 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Restoring a Windows 7 System Image from an External Hard Drive

How do I restore a Windows 7 system image from an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on Apr 1, 2010 - 1 answer

Painless iMac format and restore?

I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Can I recover an XP backup from OSX?

How do I restore my XP backup file onto my new Mac? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Mar 17, 2010 - 9 answers

The layman's guide to data backup - please advise my next purchase!

The layman's guide to data backup - please advise my next purchase! 1. Google-eager but totally confused Newbie. 2. Budget limit $750. 3. Want some kind of system so that if one drive fails, another one will still keep everything. After a few days of research, the pool of information is just getting too big and murky. Please help me clear the fog... More info inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Feb 25, 2010 - 39 answers

How to auto-wirelessly back up one mac to another?

I have two newish macbook pro laptops (with OS X 10.6) and want one to automatically and wirelessly back-up to the other one so will always have a "hot backup" on the second machine (I inherited the second one, so seems a reasonable use). FWIW, I have DSL with wireless modem in the house, so wouldn't want the ability for the machines to talk with each other to allow inadvertant access from anyone from the web. How to set it up?
posted by tedthedog on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

backitup yourself

creating my own "cloud" backup? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Feb 7, 2010 - 25 answers

Automated corrupt-pr0n detection tool?

Does a tool exist for Mac OS X--either GUI or command-line--that can churn through a folders (or entire drive) worth of video files and detect which files are corrupted and non-playable? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Jan 16, 2010 - 18 answers

Help needed organizing and backing-up a LAN

Dear AskMefi, I need help organizing and backing-up my home LAN. [more inside]
posted by Bio11 on Dec 29, 2009 - 4 answers

UPS and battery reference on the large scale

I would like to learn more about large-scale UPS systems, particularly the battery strings used in traditional RBOC/Telco applications. These are the sort of beasts that use huge strings of 6V 220aH deep cycle batteries, or even large numbers of 2V 400aH batteries on very strong earthquake-resistant shelving wired up to create a 48V mega-battery. Can anyone point me to the most definitive reference materials on the subject?
posted by thewalrus on Dec 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Second time's the charm?

Please help me rearchitect my Apple-specific wireless home network and iTunes library! Eleven paragraphs of geeky details within (sorry!). [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Dec 9, 2009 - 13 answers

How to automate backups on my ftp server?

I have some wordpress sites hosted at bluehost that I want to keep backed up. Can you help me automate this? Detailed needs inside. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me recover a deleted MySQL database on osx

Where does MySQL store actual data in Snow Leopard? How would I retrieve a deleted database from a Time Machine backup? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Best simple Windows backup software?

Looking for good easy-to-use Windows backup software. [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Dec 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business.

Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business. [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl on Dec 2, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I use my external hard disk drive to regularly backup my Windows XP laptop?

How can I use my external hard disk drive to regularly backup my Windows XP laptop in as simple a manner as possible? Ideally, I would want something that works like Time Machine on the Mac—I would really like something I can set and forget. Free solutions are best, obviously, but I'm willing to buy software for this. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Nov 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Minimizing the hassle of reinstalling everything?

Help me save time and frustration reinstalling my programs/settings after a fresh Windows install / upgrade / etc. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Nov 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me make my computer backup checklist

BackupFilter: My new replacement laptop arrives tomorrow--help me make sure I don't forget anything critical in my backup process when I transfer everything to the new computer because I have to ship the old one back to Dell (hard drive as well). [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Nov 8, 2009 - 8 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

Backing up a messed up older Mac?

Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Oct 28, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm writing a terrible novel and it would be a huge loss if it disappeared

Help me come up with some sort of automated way of sending a file to myself in gmail. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Oct 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Amazon S3 for log backups?

I'm looking for a step by step recipe for log rotation from a web server to Amazon S3. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Reinstall Windows dealing with NTFS permissions

I'm a few weeks away from rebuilding my PC with Windows 7 and need help understanding how to deal with NTFS permissions. [more inside]
posted by chrisch on Oct 21, 2009 - 5 answers

backup --> iPod

Trying to get my music library from my external hard drive back onto my iPod while maintaining my sanity. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh on Oct 15, 2009 - 21 answers

Mac Backup Nirvana with Encryption, Per-File, and Snapshotting

Mac Backup Filter: Help me achieve Nirvana with Time Machine, FileVault, and a snapshotting tool. Difficulty rating: FileVault and virtual machine images. [more inside]
posted by rcs on Oct 15, 2009 - 1 answer

How can I backup my iPhone messages?

How can I back up message threads on my iPhone (3G, O2-UK) into a text file or PDF? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Oct 15, 2009 - 4 answers

RAID and backup system for Mac Pro?

Best RAID / Backup system for HD video on a Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick on Oct 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Corporate backup is big and complicated.

I'm going to upgrade the corporate backup environment where I work in 2010, and I need help sorting through all of the backup hardware/software providers. I've had DataDomain, FalconStor, ExaGrid, and a bunch of other companies give presentations about their backup solutions, but they are all running together in my head. Does anyone have hands on experience or suggestions about which company to go with (your suggestion doesn't have to be one of the companies listed above)? Price is important, but I know this is going to be expensive. Details about the environment and the desired feature set inside. [more inside]
posted by gregr on Oct 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Smartest way to restore a mess of files to a newly formatted drive?

I'm going to wipe my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP. But my files are in a huge mess and I'm scared I'm going to screw something up. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 30, 2009 - 16 answers

How to completely clear Apple Address Book in preparation for recovery?

Recovering Address Book data. Apple Address Book phantom entries keep returning, even after deleting the data files and prefs lists. Where are they coming from? How can I get the original data back? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Older Gmail Messages Into Thunderbird

How do I backup my gmail account and get all of my older gmail messages into Thunderbird on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Sep 13, 2009 - 2 answers

Switching to & consolidating verything on a new external HD

I'm switching to a new external hard drive. How can I consolidate all my files onto it? [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion on Sep 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Sync 2 IMAP Servers?

How do I sync two IMAP folders? I currently use Gmail for all my e-mail (personal & work). I currently have about 4,000+ messages archived in Gmail and I'll continue to add 300-500 per month. I also have a IMAP account with my webhost and I was wondering if there was any type of application or script that would connect to the Gmail IMAP servers and backup/sync all of my mail so I know that in addition to being in Gmail's cloud....it is also on my IMAP server in case something happens. Thoughts?
posted by 4chrisd on Sep 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Rsync to Merge Disk Images?

Should I use rsync (instead of rsnapshot) to pare down Mac disk image backups? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 30, 2009 - 4 answers

One drive to rule them all

I'd like to import my DVD collection onto a harddrive but then be able to watch it through the tv. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Aug 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Auto backup of files

I have two computers, one Windows, one Linux. How can I make it so they synchronize automatically with each other, as in, I update the file on one computer, and the updated file gets put onto the other? Networking? Using an external hard drive? What software might be useful? Bonus points for free software
posted by gilsonal on Aug 22, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I stop my external hard drives from changing disk IDs when I reboot on OS X?

How do I stop my external hard drives from changing disk IDs when I reboot on OS X? [more inside]
posted by triolus on Aug 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Need script to backup Flickr metadata to local JPGs

Lazyweb request: I put a lot of effort into my photos on Flickr: selecting them, titling, captioning, adding tags and sometimes geotagging. I need a script that will use Flickr's APIs to retrieve this information from Flickr, and write it into the IPTC headers of my local JPGs. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Aug 1, 2009 - 6 answers

I'd like to throw the ADIC out the window

Looking for recommendations/experiences with business-class online backups. [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Jul 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Netbook for lengthy stay in Ethiopia

Netbook for Ethiopia: narrow down the choices. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Jul 14, 2009 - 7 answers

How to read data from RAID0 set on a different computer?

Will I be able to access data from a RAID0 array on a computer other than the creator of the set? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Jul 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Does a WD MyBook have a trouble light?

How to tell if WD MyBook mirroring has failed or drive has died? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der on Jun 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Why backup to the most likely place to fail?

How can I backup my flickr account... but not to my desktop computer? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jun 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Best practice for an upgrade to Jaunty Jackalope?

I need to help my friend upgrade from Intrepid Ibex to Jaunty Jackalope. I'd appreciate any tips or advice for doing this. What's the best backup tool to use, and how do I restore from the backup if things go wrong? I'm thinking something like Time Machine would be nice, but I can do command line stuff, too. Any other best practice tips for the upgrade itself? Thanks so much in advance.
posted by zenja72 on Jun 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me back up my iTunes to my external hard drive

Help me back up my iTunes to my external hard drive. But only the new ones.... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jun 18, 2009 - 9 answers

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