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.
George wants to know how long Blu-ray and DVD discs will last. Leo says that the promise of DVDs and CDs is that they would last forever. But that has ended up not being true since they scratch and become unreadable as the reflective surface corrodes. Burned DVDs, however, are different and fade over a shorter time because the dyes that are used to burn the data will fade.
Terry has an iPhone and wants to back it up to his new Mac. He's connected it to Windows and he's worried iTunes will want it erase it. Leo says to back it up to iCloud first. That's going to be his best option. But it should connect and back up to iTunes with no trouble. If it wants to erase it, then he shouldn't continue. Leo says current versions allow him to use up to five devices, so it shouldn't erase it.
Louis has a Wordpress blog and wants to know what the best option is for backing it up. Leo says that if his ISP or blog service doesn't offer a backup, then he's on his own. There are Wordpress plugins that do this and Leo uses them as a second line of defense. It essentially backs up the Blog database and customization. It would let him know by email when it backs up and when it fails.
JC has been requiring his customers to do off site backup. But the problem is, they're all backing up to him and his network! That's getting a bit pricey. He's been thinking about using BitTorrent Sync. Leo says it's an interesting technology which allows data syncs across all bittorrent users. But it's a leap of faith because nobody knows how it really works.
Mike has bought the new LG G3 Android phone. Leo says it's really interesting because it has an ultra HD display, which leaves the Apple Retina display in the dust. It also has a laser focus, 13 MP camera. The only thing Leo says is weird are the buttons on the back.
Ken had a hard drive go bad on him. He replaced his computer and got a docking station so he could access files on the bad hard drive. But it won't give him access without permissions.
Leo says that Ken needs to "take ownership" of the old files. PadreSJ says that Microsoft has a tech note on how to take ownership of a file or folder.
Deborah wants to know how she can backup her messages from the iPhone so she can free up her memory. Leo says if she just wants a copy of the data, she can extract it to her computer, but she can't really respond from that. Here are some applications that can save her text messages to her computer:
Todd has always backed up his documents to a flash drive, but since it has failed, he's starting think there has to be a smarter way to do it. He was thinking of putting them on Google Docs. Leo says it's a good solution that's free, but it can be limited. Leo likes Microsoft's Office 365 since it's cloud based, yet documents can still be stored locally.
Brent wants to create a central network attached storage that can cater both OS X and Windows. Leo says a NAS devices are great for that purpose. Western Digital is a basic NAS that can do the job. More advanced products like Synology offer advanced features that can be advantageous.