backup

What's a good way to back up my network and also use it as a media server?

Episode 1154

Jonathan from Los Angeles, CA
Synology DS414 Slim

Jonathan would like a backup system that will backup through his router, and he'd like it to double as a media server. Leo says that's called network attached storage. It hooks into the router, is visible on the network as a drive, and it can be used as a backup. Many NAS systems will run media servers so they act like a jukebox for music, video, etc.

Is it a good idea to reinstall OS X from time to time?

Episode 1152

Ken from Cape Girardeau, MS
Apple iMac

Ken has a old Intel iMac. Should he be reinstalling OS X occasionally to keep it running well? Leo says that he could, but it's not as important on a Mac as a Windows PC. This is largely because it doesn't have a registry. But he can do it if he wants, and it's really easy to do now. Once a year or two, it's a good idea to clear out the machine and start over. He should just make sure to back up his data first though.

What's the best personal cloud storage solution?

Episode 1142

Richard from Los Angeles, CA
File Transporter

Richard is looking to get a personal cloud device. He's wondering if he can store virtually anything in his computer in it. Leo says he could, but he wouldn't. There are a lot of options including one from Western Digital, PogoPlug, and File Transporter. The idea of having a personal cloud solution like this is that Richard would own the drive that all the data is stored on.

Should I be concerned about a warning message to backup?

Episode 1141

Tom from Riverside, CA
Hard drive

Tom is getting an error message on his Windows computer that his hard drive may be starting to die. Should be believe it? He just bought it. Leo says to always keep his hard drive backed up, but Leo says that over-relying on Windows can be a mistake. Most hard drives have a technology called SMART which can warn him of some errors. So yes, he should be concerned and always have a backup just in case.

What can I do if my Carbonite backup is corrupted?

Episode 1141

Kyle from Louisville, KY
Cloud

Kyle uses Carbonite and he has been having corruption issues with his backup. When he tries to restore it, he can't because it's corrupted. Leo says that Carbonite has great support and they use "versioning," with their backups. They often have off site backups that he can't see. Leo recommends calling up Carbonite to ask them if they have his backups in deep storage.

That's a risk with backups of any kind. Hard drives can become corrupt. If he starts with a bad file, then there's really a tough road to hoe to get it back. But if anyone can, Carbonite can.

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

Episode 1138

Michelle from Thousand Oaks, Ca
Sync

Michele uses Carbonite and she's concerned about how long the backup lasts. Leo says that if she deletes the original on the local drive, the backup drive will be removed about three months later. But if she's syncing it, it'll delete it immediately. Generally, though, backups don't get deleted right away. That's the whole idea.