backup

What's the difference between off site backup and synching?

Michelle from Thousand Oaks, Ca

Episode 1138

Michele uses Carbonite and she's concerned about how long the backup lasts. Leo says that if you delete the original on the local drive, the backup drive will be removed about three months later. But if you're syncing it, then it'll delete it immediately. Generally, though, backups don't get deleted right away. That's the whole idea. Generally, if you are doing a local backup, get a backup drive that's larger than your original. That way you can backup several times. When it fills up, then get another. A good file sync program is Super Duper.

Can I trust Carbonite?

Greg from Glendora, CA

Episode 1134

Greg has an issue with Carbonite. He wants to transfer his data from one computer to another, and they want to handle it for him. Can he trust them to handle the data? Leo says that Greg can do it himself, but if he's not all that technically apt, then he can absolutely trust Carbonite.

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Why does it take so long for Carbonite to backup my hard drive?

Episode 1130

Daryl from Los Angeles, CA
external hard drive

Daryl wants to know how long Carbonite will take to backup his hard drive. Leo says to take 740kbps x 60 then divide by 10. 10 KB per minute. If he does the math, it takes quite a bit of time. Carbonite knows this and as such, Daryl can request to have a hard drive sent to him and then he can back up his system and sent it back.

How can I make room on my iCloud for backup?

Episode 1129

Nancy from Redding, PA
Apple iCloud

Nancy has an iPad 2 and now she's running out of room. She's downloaded all of her pictures, but she's worried about Apple deleting her iCloud backup if she hasn't backed up within 180 days. Leo says it's easy to just turn on iCloud backup on the iPad in the settings and it'll do it automatically. But if she has run out of space, then Leo advises to either go in to the settings and delete the iCloud backup, or pay $0.99 for 20GB. Then she won't get that warning.

How can I backup my Android Phone like iCloud?

Episode 1116

Jonathan from Hollywood, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Jonathan just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. He wants to know if Android has a backup option similar to iCloud. Leo says there's no way to backup everything, but Android will backup apps and settings, which include Wi-Fi Passwords, to his Google account. That way when he logs into his Google account with a new phone, it'll restore his apps and settings automatically.

Can I make a bootable image of my current installation of Mavericks on a USB key?

Episode 1114

Dennis from Montgomery, AL
USB key

Dennis installed the OS X Yosemite beta on a separate hard drive, which has been working great. Now he wants to make a bootable image of his current Mavericks installation to a USB key. Leo says OS X has a boot manager built in, so he can hold down the option key while booting up and choose which operating system he wants to start up in.