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October 13th, 2015 Comments off

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How to Back Up Your PC

March 3rd, 2013 Comments off

These days, more and more people are using computers to store memories, important documents, and various other bits of information that may need to be kept for long periods of time. Backing up a PC is essential for keeping long term (or even short term) documents around.

Whether you accidentally delete a file or lose a bunch of your data to a hard drive crash, regularly backing up your PC is always a good idea. Both Windows and Mac OS X PC have great built-in backup utilities, so it only takes a few steps to get started. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Backup On a Mac PC

Get a backup drive. This can be just about any USB external hard drive, and you can get them at most electronics stores. Try to get one that has twice as much space as your computer, so you have room for multiple backups and so you have room for all the data you might get in the future.

When you plug in your drive, your Mac will ask you if you want to use that drive as a backup disk. Hit "Use as Backup Disk". If you don’t get this prompt, you can always go to System Preferences > Time Machine to set it as a backup disk, too.

From Time Machine’s preferences, hit "Select Backup Disk" and choose your external drive.
That’s it! OS X will perform its first backup (during which you’ll want to keep your computer on), and from then on it’ll back up in the background with no work required on your part.
If you ever need to restore a file, just click on the Time Machine icon in your menu bar and hit "Enter Time Machine". From there, you can search through your old backups for the files you lost and restore them to your hard drive.

2. Backup On Windows PC

Get a backup drive. This can be just about any USB external hard drive, and you can get them at most electronics stores. Try to get one that has twice as much space as your computer, so you have room for multiple backups and so you have room for all the data you might get in the future.

When you first plug it in, Windows will actually ask you if you want to use it as a backup. Tell it that you do. If you don’t get this prompt, you can just go to the Start Menu, type "backup" in the search box, and hit Backup and Restore.

From there, click the "Set Up Backup" button. Pick the external drive you plugged in and hit Next. Windows’ default settings are probably fine, so you can just hit Next and the next screen too.

On the last screen, hit "Save Settings and Run Backup". Windows will make its first backup of your drive, during which you don’t want to turn off your computer. After that, it’ll make regular backups in the background as you work—you don’t need to deal with it again.
If you ever need to restore a file you lost, you can just go to the Start Menu, type in "backup", and go back to "Backup and Restore". You can hit the "Restore My Files" or "Restore Users Files" buttons to get those files back.

There is, of course, one downside to this method. While it’ll save you if you accidentally delete a file or have hard drive issues, it won’t save you if, say, you have a fire. For truly bulletproof backup, you’ll want to back up all your data online, so you can get it back wherever you are (and whatever happens to your hardware).

What Files Should You Backup On Your Windows PC?

The most important files to backup are probably your documents, pictures, music, and other user files, but they are not the only files that you need to backup.

  • Documents
  • Music:
  • Pictures & Videos
  • Desktop Email
  • Application Settings
  • Virtual Machines

Backup These Files More Easily: Instead of trying to find all those locations, backup your entire Users folder, which is at C:\Users\Username in Windows 7 or Vista, and C:\Documents and Settings\Username for Windows XP. This will include all of those files, unless you’ve stored them somewhere else.

Files You Should Not Bother Backing Up

There’s simply no reason to backup these directories:

  • Windows;
  • Program Files;

It’s worth noting that if you create a system image backup, you won’t have to reinstall all of your applications, and backing up these folders would still be pointless.

Data Backup Glossary (Letter O)

September 17th, 2011 Comments off

Object-based storage device
Data Backup Glossary (Letter O)An object-based storage device (OSD) is a device that implements the standard in which data is organized and accessed as objects, where object means an ordered set of bytes (within the OSD) that is associated with a unique identifier. Objects are allocated and placed on the media by the OSD logical unit. With an OSD interface, metadata is associated directly with each data object and can be carried between layers and across storage device files. Records are no longer abstractions, but actual storage objects that are understood, managed, and secured at the device level.

Offline storage
Any storage medium that must be inserted into a storage drive by a person before it can be accessed by the computer system is considered to be a type of offline storage. Also called removable storage.

Online data storage
Also called Internet storage or hosted storage, online data storage is a data storage management solution that enables individuals or organizations to store their data on the Internet using a service provider, rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard drive or tape backup.

Open document management API
Open document management API (ODMA) is an open industry standard that enables desktop applications to interface with a document management system (DMS). ODMA simplifies cross-platform and cross-application file communication by standardizing access to document management through an API. ODMA allows multiple applications to access the same DMS without the need for a hard-coded link between the application and the DMS.

Operational data store
A type of database that serves as an interim area for a data warehouse in order to store time-sensitive operational data that can be accessed quickly and efficiently. In contrast to a data warehouse, which contains large amounts of static data, an operational data store contains small amounts of information that is updated through the course of business transactions. An operational data store will perform numerous quick and simple queries on small amounts of data, such as acquiring an account balance or finding the status of a customer order, whereas a data warehouse will perform complex queries on large amounts of data. An operational data store contains only current operational data while a data warehouse contains both current and historical data.

Overwrite(v.)
To record or copy new data over existing data, as in when a file or directory is updated. Data that is overwritten cannot be retrieved.
(n.) Refers to a file or directory that has been overwritten.

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Data Backup Glossary (Letter M)

August 16th, 2011 Comments off

Magnetic drum
A direct-access, or random-access, storage device. A magnetic drum, also referred to as drum, is a metal cylinder coated with magnetic iron-oxide material on which data and programs can be stored. Magnetic drums were once used as a primary storage device but have since been implemented as auxiliary storage devices.

Magneto-optical
Magneto-optical (MO) is a type of data storage technology that combines magnetic disk technologies with optical technologies, such as those used in CD-ROMs. Like magnetic disks, MO disks can be read and written to. And like floppy disks, they are removable. However, their storage capacity can be more than 200 megabytes, much greater than magnetic floppies. In terms of data access speed, Mo disks are faster than floppies but not as fast as hard disk drives.

Mass storage
The various techniques and devices for storing large amounts of data. Modern mass storage devices include all types of disk drives and tape drives. Mass storage is distinct from memory, which refers to temporary storage areas within the computer. Unlike main memory, mass storage devices retain data even when the computer is turned off.

Massive array of idle disks
In storage terminology a massive array of idle disks (MAID) is a technology that uses a large group of hard disk drives (hundreds or even thousands), with only those drives that are needed actively spinning at any given time. MAID is a storage system solution that reduces both wear on the drives and also reduces power consumption. Because only specific disks spin at a given time, what is not in use is literally a massive array of idle disks, which also means the system produces less heat than other large storage systems.

Mean time to repair
In data storage, mean time to repair (MTTR) is the average time before an electronic component can be expected to require repair.

Mean time until data loss
In data storage, mean time until data loss (MTDL) is the average time until a component failure can be expected to cause data loss.

Media
Plural of medium.

Objects on which data can be stored. These include hard disks, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and tapes.

In computer networks, media refers to the cables linking workstations together. There are many different types of transmission media, the most popular being twisted-pair wire (normal electrical wire), coaxial cable (the type of cable used for cable television), and fiber optic cable (cables made out of glass).

The form and technology used to communicate information. Multimedia presentations, for example, combine sound, pictures, and videos, all of which are different types of media.

Metadata catalog service
Metadata catalog service (MCS) is a mechanism for storing and accessing descriptive metadata and allows users to query for data items based on desired attributes. MCS may be used for storing and accessing metadata about logical files.

Mixed platform environment
A heterogeneous environment that includes multiple platform types.

Mount
In the network file system (NFS), a protocol and set of procedures to specify a remote host and file system or directory to be accessed, and their location in the local directory hierarchy.

ms, MS
When spelled ms, short for millisecond, one thousandth of a second. Access times of mass storage devices are often measured in milliseconds.
When spelled MS, short for Microsoft or mobile subscribers.

Multi-platform
See heterogeneous environment.

Multi-site
Geographically dispersed; having more than one location.

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Data Backup Glossary (Letter B)

July 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Data Backup Glossary (Letter B)Back up(v)
To make a copy of data so that the additional copy may be used to restore the original in case of data loss.

Backup(n)
A collection of data stored on (usually remote) non-volatile storage media for purposes of recovery in case the original copy of data is lost or becomes inaccessible; also called a backup copy. To be useful for recovery, a backup must be made by copying the source data image when it is in a consistent state.

Backup window
An interval of time during which a set of data can be backed up without seriously affecting applications that use the data.

BRTP
Backup and recovery transfer protocol used by the EVault® Agent.

Bare-metal restore
A bare-metal restore (BMR) is a restore in which the backed up data is available in a form which allows one to restore a computer system from “bare metal”—meaning without any requirements as to previously installed software or operating system.

Buffer credits
Formally called buffer-to-buffer credit (BBC) spoofing, and also called buffer-to-buffer credits, this technology effectively removes limitations on data throughput for long-distance transmissions in a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN). Fibre Channel protocols usually limit the distance between the source and the destination network to within a few kilometers. Using buffer-to-buffer credits makes it possible to use offsite storage hundreds of kilometers away.

Business continuity
The ability of an organization to continue to function even after a disastrous event. Business continuity is accomplished through the deployment of redundant hardware and software, the use of fault tolerant systems, as well as a solid backup and recovery strategy.

Business continuity planning
Business continuity planning (BCP) covers both disaster recovery planning and business resumption planning. BCP is the preparation and testing of measures that protect business operations and also provide the means for the recovery of technologies in the event of any loss, damage, or failure of facilities

Business recovery team
A group of individuals responsible for maintaining the business recovery procedures and coordinating the recovery of business functions and processes. Also called a disaster recovery team.

Business recovery timeline
The chronological sequence of recovery activities, or critical path, that must be followed to resume an acceptable level of operations following a business interruption or outage. This timeline may range from minutes to weeks, depending upon the recovery requirements and methodology.

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