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Online backup services

What is the best online backup service? [more inside]
posted by bove on Dec 16, 2008 - 14 answers

How to rip DVDs with newer copy protection?

How do I work around the newer DVD copy protection? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Dec 15, 2008 - 19 answers

How to twin/synch hard disks in order to avoid crying bad in case of unexpected failure and no fresh backups ready?

Does it exist for consumer use? A storage device made by two (or more) twin synched separate hard disks, one for normal use and the other one for backup just in case something goes wrong? Or a software doing the same thing with two (or more) external hard disks? [more inside]
posted by lion on Dec 15, 2008 - 11 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

Great big doorstop. FAIL.

Backing up an HP laptop for the ignorant. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Dec 6, 2008 - 7 answers

easy way to burn a bunch of backup cd's?

I fear my backup hard drive is failing. I really don't want to lose a bunch of pictures. [more inside]
posted by generalist on Dec 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Automatic encrypted offsite backup

I've two debian machines, one is onsite and one is offsite on a residential connection. I need to backup incrementally to this offsite server over SSH (or something just as secure) on a regular basis, this should require no manual intervention. I would however like a regular email to inform me of the status. The offsite machine isn't secured from burglary etc and therefore the backups need to be fully encrypted. The onsite machine is secure and thus can store encryption keys if need be. [more inside]
posted by Whoop on Nov 30, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I track my DVD-Rs?

Is there any good, free UNIX/Linux software you can suggest for keeping a searchable index of removable media? [more inside]
posted by tommorris on Nov 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Email client not working properly? You don't say...

I created an Automator Workflow to do a daily automatic offsite backup of my documents. The only snag is that when I get my mac's Mail program to send the email to my gmail account, most of the time the message just sits in the outbox and doesn't actually send; but sometimes it starts sending right away. What gives?
posted by GleepGlop on Nov 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Corrupted Ghost Image; NEED TO EXTRACT FILES!

Corrupted Ghost 8.0 image! Is there a way to at least extract files off one of the img files? [more inside]
posted by Zeker on Nov 20, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I migrate from b2evolution to Wordpress?

I am a new blogger using b2evolution who is considering a switch to Wordpress. I would like to back up & restore the whole blog. What exact steps do I need to take (on both the blog & database side) to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Nov 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Any batch-resizing tool to help keeping a backup copy of photo collection in small size

How to keep a copy of my photo collection in small-size in an automated way? That would be like, there are two folders, Photo and Small Photo, keeping the same content in different resolution (all in JPG format). [more inside]
posted by yezimary on Nov 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me make sense of my AmazonS3 usage report!

I use JungleDisk to back up my data to Amazon S3. My current bill is about 5 times higher than the previous one and I'd like to find out why. Unfortunately, the usage report is not presented in a format easily understood by mere mortals. Is there an application or a service (free or very cheap) out there that translates this data into something readable by humans? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Nov 3, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I protect my backup drive?

How do I secure my backup hard drive that I copy my computer's content onto? [more inside]
posted by truth1ness on Oct 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Personal Web-Based Backup Interface

What would be a good web interface for a personal backup site? [more inside]
posted by perrce on Oct 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Bacdagmailup

I want to create a complete backup of my gmail account. Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by googly on Oct 17, 2008 - 14 answers

How to fix a botched Wordpress database transfer?

Why isn't my backed-up Wordpress blog appearing on my new website? I've moved domains, and I've copied my database from my old site to the new one. Trouble is, the page just draws a blank. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Oct 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Which drive imaging utility creates files with the extensions 'dig' and 'bt'?

Which drive imaging utility creates files with the extensions 'dig' and 'bt'? [more inside]
posted by naveed on Oct 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Help Me Set Up Auto Backup on a 10.4 Mac

BackupFilter: My boss has a Seagate FreeAgent external drive attached to her Macbook Pro. Using the drive manager software that came with it, I set up scheduled backups for her on MWF at noon. Problem is, it doesn't follow the schedule and won't back up at all. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Oct 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Backup solutions?

Best HD imaging software/solution? One large external USB2.0 HD, would like to image the primary partition of several XP computers. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Oct 2, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I copy games and game demos from a PS3 to USB?

How do you copy downloaded games and game demos from the PS3 hard drive to a USB stick? Because unless I've missed something painfully obvious, I can't see a way to do this from within the XMB.
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Mac server backup software

Getting some Mac servers and looking for suggestions on backup software. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Sep 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Computer stopped recognizing usb drives

Computer (XP SP2) won't recognize any usb drives, but will recognize my usb mouse? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Sep 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Difference between backups?

I have a large photo and music collection and find that sometimes I go to an folder and can't find files that were there before, and have had some problems with corruption. I have bought a new hard drive, but I want to set up a backup system which tells me what has changed before making any changes... [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Sep 13, 2008 - 1 answer

MacFilter: Upgraded my hard drive using SuperDuper to clone, but Time Machine backed up the entire drive after the swap. How to prevent this?

MacFilter: Upgraded my hard drive using SuperDuper to clone, but Time Machine backed up the entire drive after the swap. How to prevent this? [more inside]
posted by kenliu on Aug 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Replacing Macbook hard drive. Please help me make sure I understand all the steps.

Replacing Macbook hard drive. Please help me make sure I understand all the steps. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Aug 27, 2008 - 11 answers

Question about sensitive data, erasing files, and backup drives.

Question about sensitive data, erasing files, and backup drives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I backup/copy just the new stuff?

I recently did a Dumb Backup of my media library -- just bought another drive and copied the whole thing over. Since then, in the working library I've added a number of items within the general directory structure. Now I want to copy over just the new stuff to the backup drive, with everything winding up in the same-named directories over on that one. How do I do it? I'm using XP. [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Aug 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Can I try to rescue data off my dead macbook?

Looks like my macbook's harddrive just failed. Sucks. Some of my data is not backed up. What should I do before taking it to the apple store? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Aug 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Backing up bootable image over a LAN?

I'd like to create a bootable backup of my MacBook's hard drive 150GB hard drive. I've got a 500GB drive, but it's in an Ubuntu server on my LAN. Is there a good way to back up a bootable backup to another computer? [more inside]
posted by nasty, brutish, and of average height on Aug 19, 2008 - 5 answers

automatic back-up solution for someone who doesn't understand computers

I'm helping out an elderly lady who is using a laptop with XP which is showing signs of unreliability. It is now permanently sat on a table so it doesn't get moved around. She is especially concerned about a failure leading to a loss of outlook express e-mails. This person is easily confused by all things computer related so it has to work with minimum intervention and be as simple as possible. I was thinking of using an external drive and Acronis true image 11 home. I would set up True image to mirror on to the external drive. I was also thinking of automatically forwarding all outlook express mails to a web mail account - yahoo mail - as she has a yahoo account already. Being able to read from a webmail account would allow uninteruped service should anything go wrong. Is there anything wrong with this?
posted by conrad101 on Aug 18, 2008 - 11 answers

working with tar archives...

How can get the sum of the files sizes of all php and css files within specific folders of a tar archive? [more inside]
posted by timebomb on Aug 13, 2008 - 18 answers

Backup Tivo Drive

Backup a Tivo drive: Is there a way (ie windows or linux software) to clone a series 2 Tivo hard drive using only an XP laptop and a couple of external usb hard drive enclosures? ( I don't have a desktop pc into which I would put the Tivo drive and a second, to be cloned, drive.)
posted by bbranden1 on Aug 6, 2008 - 3 answers

OS X Time Machine backup with USB disc as one source

OS X Backup Filter. I use a mac mini with it's limited had disc space, so also use an external USB drive to store big stuff like my iTunes Library, Lightroom Catalog, and Downloads. I need automatic backup help. [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Aug 5, 2008 - 8 answers

Dual boot backup on external HDD.

What's the best way to setup a 500gb external hard drive to backup windows and linux? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Aug 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Software RAID Dies: Which disk is dead?

A disk in your Server2003 software RAID fails: How do you know which physical disk to pull? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Jul 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Back up firefox bookmarks as shortcut files?

Is there a way to back up Firefox bookmarks as a regular "folder" of shortcut (url) files? I know this is possible in IE - it stores the favorites as shortcut files (or at least it used to, I haven't used it in ages), so it was a simple copy and paste job. In Firefox, the only thing I can figure out how to do is export an HTML file with links to all my bookmarks. This is annoying and useless to me.
posted by TSGlenn on Jul 24, 2008 - 5 answers

How to back up google chats to harddrive (pref. in plain text)

using pidgin/trillian i can automatically back up my chats to convenient plain text logs. using google chat i understand that chats are backed up to the google servers and you can search through them through gmail.com However i was wondering if there was anyway i could get a local copy of these chats preferably in plain text form? Maybe a program or script to help accomplish this? Thanks!
posted by thesonofmorgoth on Jul 15, 2008 - 3 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 back up a large amount of data to DVDs?

Can you suggest improvements and help me work out the details of my plan to back up several hundred GB using the Mac? [more inside]
posted by david06 on Jul 1, 2008 - 15 answers

Moving old data to a new drive

I am upgrading my PC and I have questions regarding transferring my data. This is probably a total newbie question but I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Zaximus on Jul 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Backup web interface?

I recently got a new web host that I'm going to use for backup and I'm looking for a free AJAX web interface / CMS to manipulate files online. See inside... [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jul 1, 2008 - 6 answers

How DO you backup Windows XP?

My mom and my brother are looking for a simple, solid online backup solution for their Windows XP computers. I know that there are sites like Carbonite, Mozy, and Crashplan. What I don't know is how good or simple any of these sites are or if there are others that are better that I just don't know about. Also, how heavily does the background services these site's software install impact system performance?
posted by Ikazuchi on Jun 30, 2008 - 14 answers

Is there any pointing backing up DVDs if you can download them?

Is there any point backing up my DVD collection if I could just download replacements? [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Jun 29, 2008 - 18 answers

Back me up, Scotty!

Recommend a good tool to remotely backup/synchronize large folders to my home NAS. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Jun 18, 2008 - 7 answers

How to back up entire sms threads (BlackBerry / Mac)?

How can I preserve / back up long sms conversations with one other person -- simply as long chunks of plain text containing entire conversations? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Jun 16, 2008 - 5 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

remote virtual server backup.

What's the best way to back up a Debian Linux install? I have a virtual hosted Debian instance I use as a personal server, but right now I'm not doing anything to back it up. So what's the best way to do that? One thing I'd like to be able to do is take a snapshot of the entire installation, so that I could restore the entire system on another machine (or virtual machine) so that any software I'd installed would work and stay configured. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Jun 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Yet Another Backup to DVD Question

I need software that backs up my pictures to archival DVDs. It must do incremental backups, allow me to access the pictures without special software, allow me to set the DVD recording speed (so my archival DVDs don't get destroyed). What app meets all three seemingly simple but yet mutually exclusive criteria? [more inside]
posted by roofone on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

DRM free me baby!

How can I be sure I buy DRM free? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

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