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.
Bob uses BitLocker to secure his data. When he uses Carbonite, he sees that his data is unencrypted when restoring it. Leo says that as long as he's logged in, Bitlocker has unencrypted the data. And when he logs out, it encrypts it again. But the good news is that when he backs up to Carbonite, the backup is encrypted.
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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Karen is looking for a good backup solution and Google Drive has been a bit of a headache for her. She has several terabytes of data. Leo says that's the problem right there. Backing up data takes a long time and we have to be reasonable on what we can store online.
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.
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.
Paul backed up his 16GB microSD card to his computer, and suddenly he's getting errors and can't see the card anymore. What can he use to recover the data and then back it up? Leo suggests PC Inspector to recover the card and then Helium to back it up.
If you're planning to upgrade to one of the new iPhone 6 models, it's important to back up your current iPhone first. You can backup your phone to iCloud wirelessly or to iTunes on a computer.
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.
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.