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No! Wait! COME BACK iPhone voice memos! Come back!

I have years and years of iPhone voice memos of my kids telling stories and singing songs, since they were toddlers. Or, should I say, I had them. Somehow, when I checked today, I had THREE. THREE! Where are the rest of my voice files with my then-two-year-old telling me ghost stories? My then-six-year-old singing original compositions? These files! They are irreplaceable! They are also, in theory, religiously backed up. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Time Machine to Nowhere

I have a 3TB Apple HD that I’ve been *ostensibly* using, in conjunction with Time Machine, to back up my data for the past couple of years. I say “ostensibly” because it takes forever and never seems to fully complete. Please help me figure out a new approach. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jan 31, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I backup my iphone photos / I hate technology

My phone storage is almost full and I have ~1800 photos. I'm trying to back them up and am finding icloud so confusing. Please help me using simple words, I am not up to date on technology. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Oct 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Recommendations for WordPress maintenance services for nonprofits

I help a nonprofit manage their WordPress.org site. I am looking for recommendations for services that backup, update, and secure WordPress sites. [more inside]
posted by debgpi on Jul 29, 2015 - 2 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

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

Tips and techniques for organizing my digital life

My desktop PC (running Windows 7) contains four hard drives, with information dating back to 1984. How can I organize that information, de-duplicate it, and archive it in some kind of logical manner? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 answers

I think i might be cursed...

When it comes to successfully storing and backing up my large photo, video, and music collection. Drives just keep failing and i'm at a crossroads of what direction to take in dealing with all this. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Nov 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Tape backups - yes / no? What's my options?

Are tapes still the best bet for backups or are they considered antiquated now? I want to replace our organization's existing tape backup system. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Can I do it in HTML learned in 1998?

I need either an extremely specific browser add on or a computer script that does a strange and complicated (??) thing. I'd rather download a solution, but if someone can point me to a scripting language that will eventually do what I need it to I am willing to learn. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Aug 13, 2013 - 23 answers

How best to restore Macbook Air (OSX Lion) from backup?

What is the best way for me to restore my Macbook Air to full functionality, given that the it won't boot due to a corrupted file? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jul 24, 2012 - 5 answers

To Drobo or Not to Drobo: That is the Question

Talk to me about Drobo. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Oct 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Can anyone help me turn my offsite backup into a brick?

After reading through lots of tips and tricks on backing up data on here, I am close to a backup system that really works for me. However, can anyone help me with two things: securing an offsite backup, and backing up a bootcamp partition? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Sep 27, 2011 - 4 answers


File backup question for my husband - looking for an easy way to back up a set of files in windows, preferably to a network drive. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Mar 1, 2011 - 10 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

Recommendations for synchronizing 1TB of data on 3 computers?

Recommendations for synchronizing 1TB of data on 3 computers? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Jan 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Gonna give me a hack attack

So many savvy friends have been gmail-hacked lately that I'm freaking out. Please give me the latest advice. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Nov 30, 2010 - 21 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

Dropbox backup geekery

Help automate encrypted FileMaker backups on Windows Server, via Dropbox [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Sep 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Which mortgage documents need backups?

Which mortgage/refi documents should have a backup copy? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Jul 4, 2010 - 2 answers

DO WANT. Now what?

How can I back up my save files on my 360 so I can transfer them to a new console? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 on Jun 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Dedicated hosting with easy backups.

I need a nudge on affordable/reliable web hosting for a dedicated server that will run Java (via Tomcat) and MySQL with a control panel for multiple domains and EASY backup. [more inside]
posted by thorny on Mar 12, 2010 - 4 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

Does it make sense to buy a ps3?

Should I buy a ps3 slim? Can I play backup or different region blu-ray/dvd discs on it? [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton on Feb 20, 2010 - 9 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

How should I go about using an external hard drive for Time Machine and other things?

I have a Macbook and a new external hard drive. I'd like to set up Time Machine, but I don't want to devote my entire new hard drive to back ups. I'm new to this, but I think I want to partition my drive- how do I go about doing that? And how large of a partition do I need for Time Machine? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Backing up MANY journals?

With Livejournal possibly aiming itself for a demise sometime in the future, I have a techie question that I'm hoping metafilter can answer and save me countless hours of google time. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Jan 6, 2009 - 3 answers

Can I use the B: drive on my PC?

Can I use B: as a drive letter, on a modern windows PC, without messing things up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Sep 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Turning folders into disk images on OS X

Automating turning folders into disk images in OS X Leopard. I'm starting to use Amazon S3 for backups, and rather than having a single big disk image for my photos, which would equate to 4.3GB, I would prefer to have single multiple folders to upload, and then be able to download/upload disk images as needed. I could then use then use the same process for my work related backups. Is there anyway to automate this process, or any utility which will take a folder and automatically turn it into a disk image of the same size?
posted by spyke23 on Sep 26, 2008 - 1 answer

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

OS X in a WHS Envirnoment?

I have finally completed a overhaul of my home network. There's only one question left - how can I leverage the resources I have to backup my Mac? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Maybe it's time to start backing up...

Help me figure out the world of computer backups. [more inside]
posted by unexpected on Oct 11, 2007 - 23 answers

Looking for empty LTO tape cases

I am looking to buy empty LTO Ultrium clamshell cases like this one. I found one place, but the website is very dodgy with popups, etc. Anybody know of a good source for these?
posted by everichon on Oct 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Squeezing data out of Legato Networker

Help me graph the amount of data I'm backing up! [more inside]
posted by drstein on Jun 1, 2007 - 3 answers

Hard drive backups for closed office

My father passed away a few months ago and the question of how to store the data on his office computers for the long term has come up. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Feb 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Easy Windows backup software using remote storage?

I'm looking for very easy to use Windows backup software that backs up to a remote (FTP or SFTP) site. Essentially, something as dead-simple and friendly to use as Mozy, but that allows you to specify your own storage. [more inside]
posted by miagaille on Dec 18, 2006 - 7 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

What's a good network-enabled piece of backup software for Windows?

Is there a reasonably priced Windows backup solution that does SCP, not FTP? [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Jan 19, 2006 - 3 answers

Ripping != Playing ?

Why do some PC game CDs and DVDs play and install just fine on my machine, but absolutely refuse to be backed up? I'm not entirely sure it's due to actual copy protection schemes. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Dec 30, 2005 - 14 answers

Making a stand-alone rsync appliance.

Is there a distribution of a linux-like OS which turns hardware into an easy-to-configure rsync appliance? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Oct 11, 2005 - 13 answers

Data tapes for digital cameras?

We have a bunch of unused 4mm data tapes (DDS3), a format we don't use for backup any longer. Any reason we shouldn't use them in a digital video camera?
posted by donpardo on Sep 19, 2005 - 5 answers

No more synchronicity!

Windows Synchronization Catastrophe! Due to office policy, a former colleague was using an office server as the location for the "My Documents" folder of her personal laptop, then using the synchronize folders feature to provide her with a crude backup. It worked too well. The server was decommissioned a year or two ago and no one ever told her. She just continued to work using the offiline cache. Today, not knowing what she was doing, she went into the "synchronize files" menu and unchecked the box. Suddenly her "My Documents" folder is very, very empty. Those files have to be stored somewhere on that machine, don't they? Can they be restored? Easily, even? Thanks in advance.
posted by Sinner on Jun 30, 2005 - 5 answers

Online backups

I'm looking for an online backup solution for my personal computers. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Feb 27, 2005 - 14 answers

Does this extensionless naming convention look familiar? What program is it for?

Wacky Windows question. I recently did some work on my chiefs computer and in the process upgraded his OS from 98 to 2000Pro. The problem is his backups (that he never mentioned existed) are saved without an extension on a Zip disk. Does this naming convention look familiar to anyone: "Backup Job 4, Disk 1, 04-12-14" ?
posted by cedar on Feb 3, 2005 - 5 answers

Online Dat Storage

Does anyone have experience with online data storage services -- i.e. backing up important files such as pictures, transaction records, music, etc. on remote storage accessible via the Web? Is there true value in this? Who are the best providers? What should I be paying?
posted by terrier319 on Jan 21, 2005 - 12 answers

I've lost my Microsoft Office install disk. Is it possible to transfer the software from one Mac to another?

I've lost my Microsoft Office install disk. Is it possible to transfer it from one Mac to another? If so, can I run both Macs on the same network without any troubles? (MORE INSIDE) [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 14, 2005 - 5 answers

Scheduled Backups

Will I ever be able to do scheduled backups again? I'm on XP Home, and Task Scheduler seems hosed. I get the message "Unable to establish existence of the account specified" whenever I try to schedule something. MS tells me this is a known problem, resulting from the account having been renamed, and that if I restore the original name, all will be well. I have no idea what the original name could have been. Suggestions?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Aug 5, 2004 - 2 answers

I need an offsite backup service that works with OS X and can handle frequent changes.

I am looking for a good offsite backup service, I don't really feel comfortable storing important files on a web server. It doesn't really have to be automatic, but that would be nice. If it does have software it needs to be OSX friendly. This data is important, and not replaceable, but not like checking account numbers and things. The data also changes somewhat frequently, so burning a dvd and throwing it in a safety deposit box is not an option. [more inside]
posted by rhyax on Apr 24, 2004 - 4 answers

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