I’ve finally begun to scan my old photos. I’ll show you the hardware and software I decided on. I wanted something fast and easy.
[Read more…] about Old Photos – How I Digitized Them
First and foremost, I do not backup from within Windows. I only use the boot CD.
Why? After many years of backup and restoring Windows and Linux I have seen just about every method fail at one time or another.
It is my belief that the only way to do an Operating System backup and restore is:
1 – Only use system images.
2 – Not to be using that OS. This is referred to as being offline.
[Read more…] about Using Macrium Reflect Boot Media
Article next week. Thought I would throw this up here. Just showing how easy this is.
Let me know if there are any issues.
Used Virtualbox + WinX Video Converter + Windows Movie Maker to make it.
This week Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 October 2018 Update because peoples personal files were being deleted. The Windows 10 April Update was delayed by almost 3 weeks due to a “blocking bug”. These are just 2 examples of Win10’s broken update model. With Win10, software quality is as bad as it has ever been. This despite the extensive Insider Program that was supposed to alleviate this problem. I’ve never been bitten by these updates and much of the advice I pass out on this site is designed to help you to not get bitten either. I will try and put that in a convenient list:
– Keep current system image backups.
I use Macrium Reflect Free. Other programs include Clonezilla (free) and Acronis True Image (not free).
I store recent copies on the same computer and older copies on an external hard drive.
You MUST create a boot disc or flash drive.
Use this before EVERY patch Tuesday and Feature Update.
– Keep current personal files backups (docs, pics, etc.).
I either use copy/paste or Microsoft’s free SyncToy.
I store them on an external hard drive, an old laptop hard drive, and burn to DVD.
I also store my music and pics on Google Drive.
I have a copy everything off site too.
– Separate your personal files from your OS (move your pics, docs, etc. folders).
Guides in every Tweak Guide.
– Delay Windows Updates. With Win10, consider skipping release altogether.
If you are using Windows 10 Home consider switching to Windows 10 Pro so that you can control your updates. You can by a legit key very cheap. Contact me if you cannot find one and I will point you in the right direction.
Security Updates for each release are provided for approximately 18 months so there is no rush to update to the latest release.
Win10’s changes and new features have come along at a pitifully slow rate. The only welcome change for me since Win10’s initial release is the Dark Theme.
– Advanced, Make a rescue flash drive.
Multiple tools to save yourself, friends, and family from disaster.
External Hard Drives at Amazon. Prices current as of 07OCT18
WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0
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Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0
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Here is my current setup. I will be attempting to switch over to a Linux server setup in the near future (just because).
This machine was my secondary workstation and has been repurposed for my home server.
This is a quickie article. No hand holding. If you do not know your way around Windows this article is not for you.
[Read more…] about My Home Server – Windows 7
I do not do online backups for my OS. I use boot disks. Actually a flash drive ( My Rescue Flash Drive ).
Acronis True Image PE Boot Disk
Macrium Reflect Windows 10 PE Boot Disk
Clonezilla Live CD
All three were successful at backup and recovery.
Acronis and Macrium both require you to install the program to create a boot disk. Macrium I don’t mind having installed. Acronis is another story. This program now installs a ton of crap on your computer not the least of which is the Bonjour Service. Yes, the same POS that Apple uses for iTunes (among other things). Many of you will remember me linking to Ed Bott’s, The unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware many times over the years. He says in part, “I strongly recommend not installing Bonjour unless you need it. Bonjour has required patches for security issues in the past and has been known to cause a complete loss of network connectivity on Windows networks. (Yes, I’ve seen Bonjour disable local and Internet connections on Windows networks. It was not a fun troubleshooting exercise.)”
Using Macrium Reflect I restored my PC from backup after creating the Acronis boot disk.
I’m glad I have left that nonsense behind and switched to Macrium and Clonezilla.
Creating a multi-scenario rescue USB flash drive. (Updated and expanded version of previous articles.)
*Edit – Tired of YouTube telling me I can’t embed videos on my own site because of background music.
PLEASE let me know if the embedded video at the bottom of this post is working.
[Read more…] about My Rescue Flash Drive
I’m switching to Macrium Reflect Free and Clonezilla (free too).
Ditching Acronis has been coming for a while. Over the last couple of years I have increasingly heard from users where Acronis True Image has failed them. Over the last year I’ve encountered issues on numerous occasions. The only thing saving me is I have dozens of full backups. Problems have included freezing during restore and multiple USB device issues.
*note – I only backup and restore offline using bootable media, old habits…
Although I will be using both Macrium Reflect Free and Clonezilla I will be recommending Macrium Reflect Free to the masses. Macrium Reflect Free is fast and easy to use. It provides a way to easily make a Windows PE based bootable CD or USB drive customized to your machine. It contains everything the majority of users could want.
Clonezilla is slower than Macrium but will image any and everything. Having no GUI, non-Geeks my be intimidated. Having said that, if you just follow the on screen instructions you should be fine.
Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition is available. As of this writing I know the linked page says “coming soon” but you end up downloading v7.0.2199.
A few people asked me about using Acronis True Image and Win10.
First as I have stated repeatedly, I DO NOT install it. I only use the boot disk.
So, I have been using Acronis True Image 2015 since it came out. It has worked fine with Win10 UEFI and not, dual boot and not.
I just purchased TI 2017 and ditto there.
I don’t what else to say but if you have questions just ask.
And please, if you are gonna buy it use the link here so I get a commission.