Best backup practices and recovering lost data.
Backup and Recovery
Jeff has a Firewire 800 external hard drive that's filled with video. Will it be as fast as an internal hard drive when streaming to his AppleTV? Leo says no, but it's fast enough.
He's also wondering about backing up his drives using Time Machine or Super Duper. Leo says the nice thing about firewire is that he can daisy chain his external drives and back them all up.
Bob recently bought a new hard drive and wants to copy the contents of his older hard drive. Somehow, he lost the partition on the original drive. He's wondering if he can restore that data from the partition. Leo says no. Losing the partition is far more significant, and once a drive has been repartitioned, no data can be recovered.
JR is looking to get an external hard drive, but he really doesn't want to get one that uses USB. Leo says he could add a Firewire card or an external SATA (eSATA). There's also Network Attached Storage (NAS). Leo likes Synology's DiskStation and NetGear's ReadyNAS. NAS gives him data redundancy too, which is a plus.
Leo says most of his trouble will be with Windows Genuine Advantage, which will think he's installing it on a new computer. He'll have to call Microsoft and let them know he's changed the motherboard. He should also make sure he gets all the drivers he needs before he installs the new motherboard. Then he will install them immediately after booting into safe mode in Windows.
Neil has Windows 8 and is using Storage Spaces with his SSD and hard drive. He's mirroring the data for backup, and is wondering if he still needs an external backup drive. Leo says no, he's already backing up that data with the mirroring option. He can get another backup if he wants, but he should be ok since he's also using Carbonite to backup off site.
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Betty had a virtual version of XP running within Windows 7, and suddenly it wouldn't work anymore. Leo says that the file may be corrupted and will need to be rebuilt.
The chatroom points to a tech note on how to repair Windows XP mode in Windows 7.
Leo says that it's too risky and not really worth it to dive into trying to get rid of duplicate data. Hard drives are so cheap and large, that it's better to just get another hard drive. Just consider the duplicates as another backup! There is a good search tool called X1 that can search his backups. Variety with backup is a good thing.
The chatroom says he can keep a catalog on his computer that has a database of what he has in offline storage. There are a few apps for this:
Chris has a D-link DNS 320 networked attached storage enclosure (NAS). Leo says that the NAS has built in software that should go out and get the backup. It's one of the greatest things about having a NAS. He doesn't need software on his computers for it. Then he can do cloud backup to Carbonite via the NAS. (Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor).
Larry is having trouble getting updates on Windows 7. He ran "Fixit" and it says the update database is corrupted. He tried a few other Microsoft solutions, but they haven't helped either. He's stuck and can't get new security updates.