Windows 10: Using The File History Feature To Backup Your Personal Files

July 18, 2016

Let’s face it, you probably do not backup your personal files on your Windows 10 computer. When I talk about personal files, I am talking about your photos, videos, documents, etc… that are personal to YOU. I know you may say it doesn’t really matter, but it will. I have found that when computer users (including myself) lose files it sort of does something to you. You actually will feel that a loss has occurred and feel helpless in recovering from that loss.

An “automated” backup solution for Windows 10 users is built right into the operating system that I have found to be very easy to use. It is called “File History”… Below you will find a short video from BTNHD that will quickly get you up and running with using File History. What I like about File History is that you can fully configure it to backup any folders that you choose (to an external hard drive), at different time intervals (making it fully automated), and the option of how long you want to keep revisions of your files. I encourage you take a look at File History, learn how to use it, and save yourself some misery when that computer crash occurs…

How To Use Windows 10 File History Feature!


Must Have Software To Backup The Windows Registry

December 26, 2014

The Windows operating system is dependent on a built in component called the registry that is a centralized storage (database) area that all-in-all manages the operation of your Windows computer. The registry stores and manages your Windows system configuration, computer hardware, information about installed programs, program associations and user preferences. I often refer to the registry as the brain of Windows.

During the operation of your computer, Windows continually references the registry, via a structured hierarchy of keys, subkeys, and named values; to ensure the consistent operation of your computer. For example, when you install hardware and/or software on your computer, the registry is often accessed and modified. The registry can also be manually edited with the right amount of understanding and expertise. The whole point here is that the registry is a sensitive part of the operating system and can be corrupted due to a bad hardware/software install, improper editing by the user and most commonly through a malware infection.

To bail out of these type of situations, most users will often use Windows Restore, in an attempt to recover the system; however, I have found through experience that the Windows Restore is not always the answer and does not always work (especially if it is a malware infection).

A solution that I use is a utility, made by Tweaking.com, called Registry Backup. This utility has been specifically developed to backup the registry either manually or automatically (at scheduled intervals). With this utility I typically backup the registry prior to any software installs, hardware installs and/or Windows Updates (which also can cause issues). In the event a problem occurs, you can restore the registry via one of the backups that you created; and, if you are saavy enough to understand the registry it is possible to backup only specific areas of the registry with this utility.

Registry Backup

This program contains the follow features:

  • One click backup and restore.
  • Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  • Can restore from the Windows Recovery Console
  • Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  • Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  • Set and control scheduling options.
  • Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  • Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  • Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  • Multiple easy restore options.
  • Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.

Windows XP/Vista/7/8 — 32-bit program. Can run on both a 32-bit and 64-bit OS.

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Backup The Content Of Your Website (or any Website) With HTTrack Website Copier

December 3, 2014

In addition to What’s On My PC and Bookmarks4techs, I also maintain a private site at Blogger for the condo community for which I reside. The content of these sites, all of my making, are very important to me. The easiest and most confident way I found to locally keep a mirrored copy (of each site) is to use the open source software called HTTrack Website Copier.

HTTrack Website Copier

 HTTrack Website Copier allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

When I use HTTrack Website Copier I typically go with the default configuration settings and follow the below steps:

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DSynchronize – A Stand-Alone Utility That Lets You Periodically Synchronize Two Or More Folders On Your Hard Disk

August 30, 2014

With DSynchronize you should never again have an excuse for not backing up your files. This small utility rocks and is what I use to backup my main folders (such as Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc…) to my external drives. There is no installation.  Download, unzip and run. Simply select your source (the files/folders you want to back up) and select the destination (where you want to back the source files/folders to).

The only negative I see with DSynchronize, is that there is no help file; however, if you go with the “checked” settings (that I use), under General Options and Deleted Files, in the graphic below, you will be good to go. Once you have everything setup, click on “Synchronize”.

ALSO, to further help you, if you watch the YouTube video below, you will get a really good understanding on how DSynchronize works. This is really good software, is FREE, easy to understand and it just plain works. You can even set up DSynchronize to perform a realtime sync. Great job to the developer on this.

NOTE:  To download DSynchronize, visit [HERE], and scroll down the page and you will see it.

 

Dsynchronize

 


FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

July 23, 2014

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

I have been involved in computers in some form or another for over 25 years. My strength has always been in the area of software and learning what I needed to know to keep the flow of the workplace healthy. I will tell you right off the bat, I am not an expert; however, give me a little time and I will find the answer. Since my retirement, my desire to keep up with the trends has not diminished; AND, if anything it has become even more focused. I have learned to become a master of computer information.

My focus is no longer in a workplace setting, but is more in the direction of what can I contribute to help folks at home. Today, I want to push you in a direction of making sure you are backing up your data (documents, pictures, music, etc…) and even backing up your entire hard drive.

One of the first things you need to do is get yourself a good external drive that will become an extension of your computer and can be easily removed (and stored away) if need be (depending on how important is your data to you). I currently use several external drives, with one of those drives being a portable hard drive (see examples here). I use this portable hard drive to store a backup image of my entire hard drive that will capture every bit of data on the drive at the time of the backup. I then remove the drive and store it off site. I know there are numerous cloud computing backup options out there where you can move your personal (and private) files to the cloud. Even with this option being available, I still (highly) recommend the process of backing up your data and external drive (at your house). This all may sound like a pain, but really it is not; especially when I introduce you to AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AMOEI Backupper Standard is a FREE backup software solution that I can personally attest does work (especially the disk imaging component). AMOEI gives you the ability to perform a system backup, a disk backup, a customized files/folders backup and a partition backup.

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Please do not let these terms scare you off. AMOEI will walk you through the process of performing these tasks. On a personal level, as mentioned, I use the disk imaging component of AMOEI to make an exact copy of my hard drive in my computer.

In closing, to give an example of how AMOEI, saved my butt…  I recently noticed and determined that my hard drive in my computer, after 7 years, was working its’ way toward failure. Using AMOEI, I routinely performed disk imaging backups and had those images stored on an external drive. When it was time to install the new drive, I created a boot CD (or DVD) using the AMOEI software. Using the AMOEI software, I created boot CD (which is easy to do). After installing the new hard drive, which was larger in size and contained no data, I booted from the CD.  Within the boot CD is a built in version of the AMOEI software that allowed me to pull the image from the external drive and restore my data (an exact copy of my old hard drive) to the new drive (a new Seagate Hybrid Drive with SSD). I always keep my fingers crossed when performing tasks such as this, but AMOEI performed flawlessly.

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