Complete Backup Solution

Most of us don’t back up our files as often as we should. As a result, we either lose important or irreplaceable photos and data, or we spend huge amounts of money trying to get them back.

WHY BACKING UP IS IMPORTANT

Hundreds of thousands of hard drives crash or die each year leading to partial or total data loss. Natural disasters such as fires, floods,

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This is what the inside of a hard drive looks like. The round discs are the platters where your data is stored. These platters are very sensitive and any damage can mean a loss of important files.

Power surges or other storm related damage destroy thousands more.

Your computer can also be infected with various viruses that can damage your files or even lock them and hold them for ransom.

One laptop is stolen every 53 seconds.

70 Million smartphones are lost each year, and over 3 million are stolen. And smartphones can be hacked and infected as well.

Family photos and videos, important documents (work related and personal), large music collections, saved emails, and other files could be lost forever.

Data recovery may be possible in some cases, but depending on the problem the cost can run between $100 and $2000. And in some cases, there’s no way to recover your data.

THE BACKUP RULE OF THREE

Here’s the rule of three (or the Backup 3-2-1 rule).

A 1TB USB hard drive, Blu Ray discs, and a 128GB USB flash drive
A 1TB USB hard drive, Blu Ray discs, and a 128GB USB flash drive

♦ 3 different copies (or more) of your files.

♦ 2 different backup formats. External drive + Cloud Storage, or DVD + SD card, or USB Flash drive + email account.

♦ 1 Backup in a different location.

A COMPLETE BACKUP SOLUTION

For some people, setting up a complete backup seems confusing or too time consuming, which is where my complete backup solution comes in.

♦  A 1TB external USB hard drive is included for local backups.

♦ I will configure your computer(s) for daily backups of your important files. In the event that you don’t have the drive connected and you miss a backup (or several), it will “catch 2016-05-09_9-36-08up” whenever it is reconnected.

♦ I set up a free cloud backup solution for photos & videos. The 3 I use most often are Google Photos, Flickr, and Amazon Photos (Amazon Prime membership required).

♦ Your smartphone will also be set up for the photo and video cloud solution. This can be set up on additional smartphones and tablets as well.

♦ I will burn a  BLU-Ray of your files (50GB included) . This is your “master copy”. You can think of this as the equivalent of photo negatives back in the old days. Additional copies $10 each. These copies are good for storing offsite because they are small and light.

This leaves you with a local copy that you can access quickly, a master copy stored offsite, and a cloud solution for photos and videos that merges all the photos from any desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones into one online account for easy viewing and sharing. All the back ups will run automatically on a regular basis, so there’s nothing to worry about.

Package cost = $200

Broken down over a year, that’s 55 cents a day for a complete backup solution that will go on for years.

If you have any questions or want to schedule a time to get backed up, please contact me.

 

 

 

Amazon Prime Free Unlimited Photo & Video Storage

If you are an Amazon prime member, in addition to free two day shipping, there are a host of benefits, including free unlimited photo storage.

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If you’ve seen my post about Google Photos, you know they also offer free unlimited photo andvideo storage, but they reduce the quality slightly.2016-05-02_8-51-10

 

Amazon lets you save your photos and videos at full resolution, with an unlimited number of photos (and even supports RAW file formats), but only gives 5 GB for video and other file storage. Users with large video collections are probably better off using Google Photos, but if you are already an Amazon Prime member and only need to back up photos, this is a great option.

This is what the interface looks like after you sign in.
This is what the interface looks like once you have some files uploaded.

You can easily share your photos using a shareable link, or you can share by email, Facebook, or Twitter.

To get started, download the software here.

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Click on the file to install it.

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After installing the software, log in to your Amazon prime account.

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The program automatically selects the most used folders and checks them off. If there are folders selected that you’d rather not back up, just uncheck them.pcoverhaul-amazon-photos-select

I selected “Choose Files” under the blue Upload Folders button, because I had files and folders in a different place that I wanted to include in the backup.

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Pressing the “Select Folder” button allowed me to backup files on my external and network drives. 

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As you can see, I have a whopping 544, 363 files to back up, totaling 1.94 TB, The Amazon photos app will continue to run in the background, uploading all the time until it catches up. It’s going to take a long time, but I sleep better at night knowing everything is backed up in multiple locations.

 

 

 

How to Backup Your Facebook Data

If you’d like to backup all the data on your Facebook account, this post is for you.

To see the full list of data you can download, check out the list here.  Photos are probably the main thing most people wan to backup, followed by private messages, and those are included in the download.

Click on the little down arrow at the top right of your Facebook page and go to settings.

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Directly underneath all your general account settings is an option to download a copy of your Facebook data.

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Click on the green Start my Archive button to get the process going.

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Depending on the size of your archive, it can take a long time to create the archive. Facebook will send an email to your registered Facebook email address when it’s ready.

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At the bottom of email is a link to the archive.

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Verify your password and the download should begin.

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Once you have downloaded and extracted the .zip file, you’ll see some folders with your archived files inside them.

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A look inside my html folder shows some of the many files you can back up. Obviously these will vary depending on how much you use your Facebook account and what you do with it.

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It’s amazing some of the information you can get from these archived files, like all the IP addresses you (or anyone else) have used to log into your account. The main thing lacking from this archive is the information for all your contacts. For some reason, Facebook doesn’t allow you to back these up. Still, if your goal is to back up your messages and photos, this will do the trick.