Data Recovery Backup – Are You Looking For Data Backup Options?

Backing up your important files on your computer is essential in case of an unforeseen event. Your computer hard drive could start failing without warning. There are numerous options available for you to backup your data to.

Compact Disc Rewriteable, Digital Versatile Disc – Rewriteable, Digital Versatile Disc + Rewriteable , Blu-Ray disc, external hard drives, flash and thumb drives are popular devices to backup data to. Network storage such as Storage Area Network, Network Attached Storage, mapped network drive, Universal Naming Convention path, cloud technology, etc are some network options. Small Computer System Interface, Integrated Driver Electronics, Serial AT Attachment, Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface, Solid State Drive hard drives are also used.

Tape drives, PC Card, Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, and File Transfer Protocal, Secure File Transfer Protocal, FTPS online storage providers round out a list of common data backup solutions. There can be caveats with each backup technology. Also, some options are more beneficial depending on whether user data is for personal or business use.

Fundamentally, each type of data backup technology is valuable during a crisis. Quickly back up your documents, photos, emails, music, movies, applications, and your entire system. Easily and quickly restore your important data.

Don’t wait before it is too late to easily create a data recovery backup. Whichever option you choose, if you don’t start backing up your data now, then when you do loose your data, you would have wished you did.

External Hard Drive Backup – How to Get Your Simpletech Working

You have an older version of SimpleTech external hard drive. It has recently stopped working. It turns on and you can hear it connect to your computer, however, you cannot use it to back up you files, nor can you access anything that’s on it through windows explorer.

Is it dead, you ask? Or can it be revived? Your set up to do an automatic back up through Norton.

Every time you try to run back up, a screen says its “starting” for 15-30 minutes, then tells you it cannot find a disk. Meanwhile, both red and blue lights are on your simpletech. You haven’t done anything other than try to run back up and now contacting for support.

If you haven’t already try to hook up your external hard drive to a different USB port on your computer. In Windows, check if your drive shows in “Disk Management”. To get to disk management, right click “My Computer” and choose “Manage”.

Disk management is on the left under “Storage”. On bottom half of a screen you will see listings like Disk 0. An external drive would show as a disk other than 0.

Generally, disk 1 or 2, but that can change depending on what else is installed on your system. If your drive is listed and has a drive letter assigned, minimize this window and check in “My Computer” for that letter. If it is there, that is your external drive.

If a letter is not there or is assigned to another drive, like a network drive, you will need to manually set a drive letter. Bring disk management back up and right click on a capacity of your drive. Choose “Change Drive Letter and Path”.

Choose “Change” and select an available letter from a drop box. Once assigned a drive should be in “My Computer” with a letter you have selected. If that drive is listed as “Unknown” or “Unallocated” then that drive is not properly formatted for use with this computer.

If your drive was used with a Mac or another non Windows device it may be using an incompatible format. This can be changed, but a process will erase all data on that drive. If a drive shows “Unknown”, right click on a word “Unknown” and choose “Initialize”.

Click through accepting some defaults. Your drive should now be labeled “Unallocated”. If that drive shows as “Unallocated”, right click on a word “Unallocated” and choose “New Simple Volume”.

Keep clicking next, accepting default settings, until you get to finish. Clicking finish will begin a format process. A format will generally take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on drive size.

When a format is complete your drive will be under “My Computer” labeled “New Volume”. You can right click on that drive and choose rename if you would like a different label.

Essential WD – Get Your WD Passport Essential HDD Configured

Why does your computer not recognize your Western Digital passport essential hard drive? First you will need to connect your external hard drive to your computer. Then you will need to partition and format your external hard drive.

A how to install, partition, and format a WD drive on Windows Vista article from Western Digital support has some steps required. Click on a “Windows Vista” link to get correct instructions for Vista. Once properly partitioned and formated, you will be able to access your external hard drive.

Essential WD

Windows Data Transfer – How to Transfer Data on a Corrupt PC

You have a computer running Windows XP. You want to transfer all your files to an external drive to allow an upgrade to Windows 7. This machine won’t connect anymore to a network with another machine and won’t go online and it will not recognize either a thumb drive nor an external drive both of which are USB items.

However, a mouse and keyboard are both USB items also and they both work. This started all at once and you have checked out both a thumb drive and an external drive which work on all those other machines. If there isn’t a reasonable fix for this problem, you can swap hard drives with another reserve machine.

What is best way to handle this issue you ask? If your just trying to get your data off that computer then try booting it into Windows safe mode. You can also try booting it into “Safe mode with networking support” if you need network access.

Windows Data Transfer

Try removing any unnecessary USB devices when you boot it into safe mode. Try one device at a time ie. your thumb drive first and then your external drive. Hopefully, in safe mode you will be able to copy data over to your external drive.

You can also try selecting “Last known good configuration” from Windows safe mode advanced options menu. That may fix your problems. These instructions were written for a Compac Evo running Windows XP.

Quicken Restore – How to Restore Quicken Data From Old Version

You backed up your Quicken 2000 on Microsoft Windows 98 second edition and tried to restore it to the new Quicken 2010 Deluxe on Microsoft Windows XP. Quicken 2005 was installed on that Microsoft Windows XP computer and you removed that software. Quicken version 2010 shows QDATA BACKUP-1.1.06QDF.

An ERROR message appears saying Authentication of convert-stub.dll failed because it could not find taht required file. Please reinstall Quicken to convert your data file. Reinstalling does not help.

Now what do you do, you ask? You can first try to update your version of Quicken 2010. Go to the Help menu in Quicken and have that program download and install any updates.

Also, you might need to perform some file cleanup duties ie. delete duplicates in memorized transaction list if that is necessary. Another option would be to remove Quicken 2010 Deluxe and then reinstall your version of Quicken 2005 if possible. Then try to convert that backup data into a Quicken 2005 version.

If successful you would then create another backup using Quicken 2005. Obviously you would save that backup and reinstall Quicken 2010 deluxe and try to restore that backup data from a Quicken 2005 backup file. You can try to make sure all files of your old data set QDF, QEL, QPH, etc. are copied to that folder where your Quicken installation expects final files to become located.

Then double click on that .qdf file. Quicken should launch and offer to convert that data. You could also download an intermediate trial copy of Quicken in order to just convert a backup that will be recognized by Quicken 2010.

I found trial versions for Quicken 2001, Quicken 2002, and Quicken 2008 via some of the following links. Quicken allows downloads of older trials for this purpose. Quicken 1999, Quicken 2000 and Quicken 2003 trials

Quicken 2008 trials are no longer available for download. If you must you might find a used copy for sale on Amazon and or eBay.

Arcsoft TotalMedia – How to Verify Arcsoft Backup Succeeded

Are you having problems verifying your ArcSoft Total Media backups? When you try to confirm that a backup is successful by opening these files on your backup device, you may get a message that Windows is unable to open some NBP files. With ArcSoft total media backup, you can’t just view backed up files on your external drive directly by browsing.

Q: How do I view those files I have backed up?

A: You cannot directly use or view files you have backed up by using ArcSoft Total Media Backup. These files are combined into a series of 2 gigabyte archive files used to protect them from accidental modification and or viruses. To view what files are in a specific backup, you choose “Restore” from a main menu of ArcSoft and select where your backup is stored at.

Arcsoft TotalMedia

On a following page highlight a backup that you would like to review and choose open. Click next and then choose an “Advanced Restore” option, and click next again. On a following screen you will see a menu similar to Microsoft Windows explorer where you can browse through folders and files included in your backup.

You will not be able to access or modify that file without restoring it to your computer system first. Feel free to check out further help for ArcSoft Total Media Backup from Arcsoft software support.

Data Corrupted – How to Fix Windows Data Corruption Problem

Are you receiving a Windows program error message “Has encountered a problem and needs to close”, whenever you try to open up a specific file in a specific Windows folder? I think what you are experiencing is being caused by a corrupt image file in your specific Windows folder. This crash is occurring as Windows attempts to display a thumbnail preview of this file.

To prove this, please open “Windows Explorer” and browse to “My Pictures” folder after setting “View” mode to “List” view. You can do this by selecting “My Documents” folder and clicking on “Tools” then “Folder Options” and then clicking on “View” tab. Once in this menu click a button that says “Apply to All Folders” and this will cause all sub folders under “My Documents” to display in “List Mode”.

Data Corrupted

Now open “My Pictures” folder and you will see all of your image files listed by name with no thumbnail preview and hopefully it will not crash. Create a new folder and move all of those images into it. Once you complete that, change a “View” on a “My Pictures” folder back to “Thumbnails” and move those image files back into that folder one at a time. When you eventually move those corrupted image files back into that folder it should not crash again.

Now you know which of your images was causing this problem. Unfortunately, I know of no way to fix those corrupted file(s) so you may just end up having to delete that folder and recover those images from your backups if any. This previous trouble shooting procedure was tailored for corrupt Windows images but can certainly be used for other types of file formats on a Microsoft Windows computer.

Transfer Tunes – Secret to Transferring iTunes Songs Quickly

Secret to transferring iTunes songs quickly. If your about to reload an operating sytem on your computer, be aware that your Apple iTunes songs may not be playable. This may also be true, if you are just transferring your iTunes songs, from one computer to another.

Apple has a five computer authorization limit, on songs bought from their iTunes store. If you think you have passed your quota of five computers then check your iTunes computer authorizations. You can perform this quickly by:

How to deauthorize a computer:

  1. In iTunes, choose “Store” then select “Deauthorize Computer”. Your computer will  need connection to the Internet.
  2. Click on “OK”.

If you have reached your five computer limit, then you have a second option, which is to deauthorize all five computers at once using these steps:

  1. Login and view your Apple account information online.
  2. Click the “Deauthorize All” option.

Transfer Tunes

One other thing, make sure all of your authorized computers are using a latest version of iTunes. One last tip to avoid not being able to play your iTunes songs in future. You can deauthorize any computers you have iTunes installed on that you don’t need.

On iTunes, go to “Advanced” and then “Deauthorize” computer to any computer that you have previously used but don’t need anymore.

Online Data Backup Storage – How Easy to Use Dell Data Safe

How to remove all data currently online using Dell Data Safe, and starting over. I don’t think you can just go out to your on line backup and delete those files there. You have to edit your local Dell Data Safe backup settings, and remove any files and or folders you don’t want backed up.

Next time it performs that backup it will run a backup with your changes. You can follow these instructions to edit your current backup. If your using a “folder view”, go to a control panel then click on “Backup my files” then on “Edit Plan”.

On bottom of right hand side, click on “Folder view”. Wait a awhile until you see those folders. Select what you wish to back up.

Online Data Backup Storage

Transfer Files Computer – to Computer Among Your Windows PCs

How to transfer files between two or more computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems you ask? Some computer users like to transfer files between two Microsoft Windows computers using “Files and Settings Transfer Wizard”. This often requires using a direct cable connection between the two computers with a serial cable.

Both computers must have a serial port and transfer times can be slow, especially when transferring larger amounts of data. Another option with quicker data transfer rates is using the universal serial bus ports on the computers and with the help of a special transfer cable. This might not be as straight forward as you think as you might have to use Microsoft Window’s easy transfer tool, which has since been deprecated and is NOT available in Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Other options would be to transfer your data via a universal serial bus flash drive, external universal serial bus hard drive, or setting up a simple home network with your source and destination computer(s) plugged into a hub, router, or switch. Looking into what hardware or software is needed before attempting to transfer your data is highly recommended. This could come with additional obstacles such as trying to transfer data from a desktop computer to a laptop computer.

If you have time, I think it would be more productive if you plan this project ahead of time. There are many factors to take into consideration. To me as a computer technician, using a small local network is the easiest and least time consuming actually.

However, now that Microsoft likes to create changing operating systems, this can at first seem daunting. If you are in a quick bind, then using a file transfer cable or other type of storage device might save you time. In cases of an emergency where your computer is having problems then a file transfer cable might be advantageous.

If you are facing an emergency like a failing hard drive, then mucking around with a file transfer cable might put your data at risk. This is the type of situation where a universal serial bus flash drive or external hard drive could be the quickest and safest option. If you are not facing a quagmire, then I would choose the home network route, pun intended, each and every time.

A small Microsoft Windows domain network is suitable for around twenty five to thirty computers. All you have to do is place them all on the same work group. You can use Microsoft’s default “WORKGROUP” name or choose your own.

For example you could name your work group “apple”. You would just change the work group to “apple” on each Microsoft Windows computer from the default “workgroup”. Now you just need to make sure that each computer receives an internet protocol address on the same sub net.

For example you have five computers with the following Internet protocol addresses:

Now they can all talk to each other on the same small network. You can designate one of them as a file server, if you choose. This next step requires more technical knowledge. Depending on what operating system you are using, you need to make certain that “File and Printer Sharing” is enabled.

I would advise against using the newer Microsoft Windows “HomeGroup” networking feature. My experiences with this newer way to create a home network have been nothing short of a disaster. I have setup successfully small Microsoft Windows networks with just file and printer sharing enabled.

I have had a network where I had Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, and Microsoft Windows computers all networked and able to access files. I made the changes to each computer outlined earlier in this blog post and made certain that file and printer sharing were enabled. I could view every computer on this small network.

Finally, you may want to take security into consideration. You may not want read and write abilities on each and every computer. This is where a small file server to me becomes advantageous.

Even two computers with one dedicated to storing files to me is productive. You want to just share the hard drive or just one folder on your file server. Then you can allow read only access or write access to just this one file folder or hard drive.

The other remaining computers on your network would then have access to this file share. Also, you can share printers in this same manner. As a matter of fact I have a Dymo Label Writer 450 networked in this manner.

Another advantage to creating a home network is that you can even remotely connect to each computer using Microsoft Windows remote desktop connection software. You can even copy files over this remote desktop connection. Now that you have your own network configured you can possibly spend less time worrying about your personal files.

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