Best backup practices and recovering lost data.
Backup and Recovery
David heard the caller with problems with Skype and he always sets a restore point before he installs a new program. Leo says that's a good idea, but Leo's experience has been hit or miss on that. But it's a good practice. Most of the time when you make a big change of your system, Microsoft sets a restore point, so it may already be there. Good tip.
Matthew has a USB key, and while the computer sees it, he can't open any files on it. His backup is no better. Leo says that a USB thumb drive can get corrupted just like any drive and the good news is that he can recover it with software. It's probably just a corrupted file catalog and that can be fixed. He should right click on the USB key, select properties, then "scan and fix errors." He can also run Scandisk.
Jonathan is having trouble backing up his Mac. He backs up to one with Time Machine and one with Super Duper. He formatted his hard drive to do a clean install. When he plugs in his backup drive, will it sync and wipe out what he has? Leo says backups will never delete anything from the backup. It just adds to it. Then he can restore to his source drive for that very reason.
Bob put all his information into his iPhone and now his notes are gone. Leo says that if Bob has iCloud activated, then that data has been synced to the Cloud, so he should be able to access it. Another option is to look in iTunes to see if the phone was backed up. He can browse the backup and sync back the missing data. The data should be at either place.
Saba is selling a product online and she wants to update her website with new images and videos. But she's having trouble doing it. How can she transfer pictures and videos from a computer that doesn't work to another? Leo says that making sure she has backups, especially online, makes it much easier. Leo says one way is to upload videos to YouTube and link to them.
Neil ordered the iPhone 6s Plus and will get it in two weeks. Leo says Neil's lucky because there's a month delay now in getting it. He wants to know how to easily migrate his user settings and data over from his current iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says that that when Neil restores from his iCloud backup, everything will be copied, and it will download the latest versions of the apps from the Apple store. It's relatively straight forward and easy.
Chip has all of his photos on his laptop and would like to get them on DropBox and an external hard drive before it fails. Leo says that the drive option is the easiest and fastest. Then he can just drag and drop them. The problem, though, is that iPhoto puts it all into one huge file called the iPhoto Library.
Josie wants to know how she can backup her iPad. Leo says that the easiest way is to back it up using iTunes on her home computer. She can also back it up to iCloud, but she'll only get 5GB free on iCloud, so she'd have to pay for more. The good news is that she can back it up anywhere, and iCloud Drive isn't that expensive. Another option is OneDrive. If she has a subscription to Microsoft Office, she can get unlimited storage to OneDrive. But that won't backup everything. Only Apple can do that.
Glen got tired of all the errors in Windows 10 and he rolled back to 8.1. Leo said he did the same thing and you have 30 days to do so. But when Glen did it, he got an error message that the restoration was incomplete. Leo had that problem as well, and it's why he recommends always running a backup first just in case. Things fail, and that's why backups are important.