backup

Windows 10 has some great features

Episode 1210

Bob from Albany, NY
Windows 10 Cortana

Bob recently upgraded an old Dell computer to Windows 10. He did an upgrade, which didn't work, then tried a clean install and it worked flawlessly. So he's quite happy to breathe new life into an old PC. Bob also likes the new backup and recovery feature. Leo says that Microsoft finally has backup down, and it's as good as Apple's Time Machine. He also says that Windows has profile based language support, so you can change languages by changing profiles, including Cortana.

Why is Microsoft's Backup Utility not completing the backup?

Richard from Southern California

Episode 1210

Richard can't do a backup -- it just stops. Leo suggests running "ChkDisk" to see that everything is OK with the data. But Leo also says that Microsoft's backup program isn't all that great because it dumps all of the data into one giant furball of 1s and 0s. That means it has a single point of failure. And there's no way to know if it has it all of the data or not.

What computer and accessories should I get for drawing?

Episode 1203

Pat from El Segundo, CA
Microsoft Surface

Pat is a watercolor artist, and is wondering what computer, printer, and DVD player she should get. Leo suggests getting something that would allow her to draw into the computer, though. For that, Leo would recommend the Microsoft Surface tablet, even though Pat has always had a Mac. He recommends that because of the stylus and the touch screen of it. To do a similar thing with a Mac, Pat would need to spend more to get a Wacom Cintiq, which is very expensive.

Why am I getting photos that aren't mine in my Google Photos app?

Diane from San Diego, CA

Episode 1192

Diane took Leo's suggestion and downloaded Google Photos, but she's discovered the same thing that Leo has -- she's getting strange pictures she's never seen before. Leo says that Google does have a way to mass delete photos, but if they're mixed in with hers, then she won't want to get rid of them. She'd have to go one by one and delete them. There's also the thought of deleting someone else's photos, which could be terrible.

How can I save text messages on an old cell phone?

Episode 1187

Steve from Dana Point, CA
BlackBerry Classic

Steve needs to upgrade from his old BlackBerry and he wants to know how he can export and save his text messages. Leo says it's possible to save text messages via SIM, but the SIM is very small. He could back up the text messages with the BlackBerry software, as well as third party solutions, but whether they will be legally viable after that is another story. Which is why Leo would recommend keeping the phone and sim as is and get a new SIM for the new phone.

How can I get Carbonite to work?

Tom from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1185

Tom is having issues with backup. He's been using Acronis True Image and over time it starts to create errors. Leo says that imaging is great for creating a moment in time, so if something goes wrong, he could blast that image back on the hard drive and he'll be back up and running in minutes. But if it's versioning, and doing incremental backups, it can get corrupted. So it's a good idea to start fresh from time to time.