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Making copies of data so that the copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss event, or for historical retention.

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How to back up gmail to my computer?

I am using gmail as a part of Google Apps for Domains. I'd like to back up all my email. I've tried setting up IMAP in Thunderbird and it works reasonably well (except it times out way too much, ...
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Automatic documents backup [closed]

I am looking for a backup solution to handle large documents well. I don't think that "back-up" software is what I am looking, but it is the best term I can see. We are not interested in ...
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Foolproof automated backup strategy?

How can I ensure automated back-ups of all my data without manual intervention? My data lives on a 160GB MacBook internal hard drive, three 500GB external hard drives, and a 500GB network attached ...
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Steps to use Carbonite on Windows 7

Carbonite does not yet support Windows 7 out-of-the-box. How can I get Carbonite to work on a Windows 7 machine with the current release?
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Backing up initial installation of Windows

Just yesterday I finished setting up my first DIY build with Windows Vista. I finished installing various pieces of software. Traditionally, I've always done a complete reinstall of Windows each year ...
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Time Machine clone for Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine for Windows I'm using Time Machine for backups on my Mac, and right now I'm using Synology's backup software (Data Replicator 3) for backing up my girlfriends PC. ...
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Can't chown a timemachine file after migrating to a new Mac

I followed the directions here: http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?mode=display&format=threaded&order=ASC&pid=97623 Everything seemed to go well, but I still can't open my Time ...
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How do I sync with my Flickr Pro?

I have a Flickr Pro account and would like to sync it with all my photos. This is hoped to be a way to backup all my photos in an online repository. So I need a tool that will watch a folder and then ...
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add files to a bootable dvd

I have a restore cd image that is roughly 200mb. The restore cd takes a disc image and copies it back unto a hd. I would like to put my 3gb image with it and hope it is found. How do i modify an iso ...
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Desktop application allowing backup (syncing) of local folders onto Cloud Storage? [closed]

(I find it odd that this question hasn't been asked already... I thought there were more people paranoid that I am...) Anyway. Is there a desktop application, that allows me to backup a given folder ...
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Can I make my PC backup and then sleep on demand with WHS?

I really hate the way that WHS backs up at a particular time in the morning. First of all I don't EVER want my computer turning on when I am not there. EVER. I have a Core-i7 laptop which literally ...
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Is it possible to back up Wii disks using a PC?

Is it possible to backup Wii disks on a PC? I have a 6 year old who doesn't understand that disks need to be cared for properly. ( I have both WinXP and Linux machines with CD/DVD writers.)
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What directories on the iPhone/iPod Touch are backed up during the iTunes backup process?

I have a jailbroken iPod Touch and have some files I need to save when I do an upgrade. I'd like the backup to be done automatically when sync'ing with iTunes. Does anyone have a list of what ...
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What Tape Drive Format are you using for backup? [closed]

I like the benefit of tape in that you get permanent snapshots of data at a given point in time, but popular business tape backup i.e. LTO is still expensive. So if you are using tape for backups at ...
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The least bloated way to backup a partition?

Got 2 partitions, each with it's own Windows install: 'work' and 'experiments'. Now, I want to be able to save the 'experiments' partition state and rollback to that state at some point. This would be ...
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Backing up Google Chrome

Having recently switched to Google Chrome, I was wondering what files and directories I should be including in my backups to make sure that bookmarks and history are included. Along the same lines, ...
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backup flashdrive

Is there a utility I can use that will take a backup of my flash drive every time I insert it into the computer with out me having to take any action? I would prefer something that runs on Mac and ...
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How do I transfer the text messages (sms) from my iPhone to my Mac?

Ideally I could download them in some structured form, but I just want to read my SMS messages on my Mac. Is this possible? (I tried Syphone and it didn't recognize my iPhone 3G)
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How to backup a Mac to a NAS (Samba-connected Windows share)?

I'd like to find an (semi-)automated way to backup my whole MacBook Pro system and data to a network attached storage. The external storage is a Windows share I can access using Samba. I can't use ...
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What do I have to back up before I re-install?

It seems that almost every time I re-install windows on my PC I end up forgetting to back up something. Now I consider myself an experienced pc-user, and I've done this tons of times, but it never ...
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Incremental copy from linux to windows share

Using a cronjob I'm daily backing up a linux system (ubuntu) onto a windows network share so it gets picked up by our organisation's backup system. Currently I'm copying using cp -au. Although this ...
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Google Docs: How to backup periodically?

How do I periodically backup my entire online documents in Google Docs? I am looking for a tool that can download the documents to my PC. I do not need any kind of two-way synchronization, just plain ...
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How do you back up multiple terabytes of data? [closed]

While asking this question about a home NAS, Matt Rogish questioned my backup strategy for all this encoded video, and I had no answer. It seems that burning DVDs would be very time consuming. Also, ...
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How do you do off-site backup without the Internet?

Most people don't have any sort of back up, for us superusers do in one form or another. But I bet most of us don't have an off-site backup. Meaning while its nice we can survive a single hard drive ...
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What is a simple home backup software which works with a variety of OSes?

Vista came with a backup solution that should work for me, but of course it doesn't. It doesn't play nice with Samba unfortunately. What are my alternatives? It should be simple, back up on a ...
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Does an equivalent of Time Machine exist for Windows? [closed]

A simple Google search for "Time Machine for Windows" results in a flurry of different little apps. But instead of relying on forum anecdotes and advertisements, I call on the much wiser Super User ...
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Sync remote folders on Linux

What is the simplest way to unidirectional incremental syncing of a folder present on a Linux system. +1 for using the command line. +2 for not using rsync (Seems to have some problems on my system.)
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For OS X, backup solutions that perform just like Time Machine?

I am wondering what backup solutions for OS X exist, but not just any backup software. I am wondering which ones act and perform like time machine with incremental file change backups?
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Is there any hard drive imaging software for Windows that is free or open source? [closed]

I've used O&O DiskImage 3 and was not very impressed with it. Are there any good alternatives that are free or open source?
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Time Machine does not recognize my MacBook Pro

Due to a clicking and beeping problem on my Macbook Pro (MBP), I got a 1 to 1 replacement from Apple which arrived today. I was able to my original setting using Time Machine restore. That works great....
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How can I access data on my Vista hard drive if the computer crashes?

Every couple years I get a new computer with a new hard drive and then just connect the original hard drive as the second one so I have access to all of my data in case I forgot to back something up. ...
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Save applied system updates for backup

When I need to reformat a hard drive, or if I get a new computer, the first thing that needs to be done is to download all the backups. Depending on how old the installation media is, this can often ...
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What files should be copied to make a bootable backup drive for OS X?

I've got an external hard drive and I'd like to create a full, bootable backup of my hard drive onto it. I'm running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). I'd like to perform this backup from the command line, ...
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Data storage and backup plan for a photog?

I've recently gotten into photography and now have a largish data problem. I also have never really had much on my home pc that I would cry over if I lost so don't have a good backup plan in place. ...
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Backup Linux to DVD

I'm currently using Cedar Backup to backup my home directories, system config, etc to DVD+RW. It does, however, have limitations; backups can't exceed a single disk, restores are totally manual, etc. ...
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Software to backup data and files on a Windows computer [closed]

I have data and files on my system, running Windows, and want to make sure that I don't lose all the data or information when it gets toasted, either by a power surge or corrupted medium. I've heard ...
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Backup software for Mac OS X [closed]

Which backup software do you recommend for Mac OS X? As you probably know, Leopard comes with an integrated backup tool called Time Machine. It works pretty well despite it misses some advanced ...
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A good solution for home backups and file/print sharing [closed]

I’m looking for a cheap and reliable solution that allows me to share files and a printer in me home network. Raid support and very low power consumption would be nice extras. Should I go with a NAS ...
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How do you re-associate an Airport Time Machine backup after migrating to a new mac?

I used the migration assistant to copy my files directly from my old Mac to a new one. My new Mac won't "link" Time Machine backup on my Airport disk. I can browse the old Time Machine backup, ...
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Copying windows home server backup offsite

What ways are there to copy a windows home server backup to an offsite location? I'm talking specifically (and only) about the automated backup of my entire machine, and not the shared network ...
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Copying all contents of one computer to put onto another [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? I have a laptop running Windows XP, full of work-specific applications, developed in-house and now ...
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How to automate server backups in Windows Home Server?

I've set up a server backup for my Windows Home Server in the WHS console, but don't see a way to automate the backup to have it run on a scheduled basis in a similar manner to client backups. How can ...
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How to make a virtualbox image of running windows system

Is it possible to do this so that the image is transferred over network connection to some other computer? Or is it even possible to resize the partition on the fly to get rid of unnecessary amount of ...
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In linux, how do I create/restore an image snapshot of my entire drive?

I'm too spoiled by Windows utilities that take a digital snapshot of your entire drive, which you can then restore from in the event of a drive crash. (e.g. like Time Machine for Mac OS X). Is there ...
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Time Machine vs Source Control?

Finally got convinced to start using some kind of version control for my code instead of zipping down a copy of the project at the end of each day. Downloaded Tortoise SVN and used it to create a ...
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What's the best way to to automate the back up of a couple folders in windows?

I've got a couple folders of personal scripts and such I'd rather not lose if the hard drive on my dev machine goes out (all the source is in SVN, and all the other important stuff is backed up ...