Windows 8 Disappoints Further With No Online Storage

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Windows backup seems to be hitting all the wrong notes when it comes to the new operating system’s integrated backup known as ‘File History’. Many Windows users had hoped for a built-in online Windows backup system, but instead will have to settle for a simpler alternative which will offer little benefits.

File History will keep copies of some—but not all—data by backing it up to a local storage device on a regular basis which is yet to be determined. Some had perhaps thought that it would be integrated with Microsoft’s SkyDrive, but will unfortunately find no such luck.

If any users are to benefit, it is most likely to be personal home users, but certainly not business users due to the fact that the system doesn’t come equipped with high enough levels of privacy and security features.

The decision to create such a limited Windows backup is quite peculiar, since users have been craving a built-in online backup system for quite a while.

Microsoft will now have to rely on their SkyDrive system, of which is also under criticism and is still, despite the computer software giant’s large presence in industry, not considered to be good enough to stand alongside independent online storage providers.

Windows Backup; Your Virtual World Could Do with Better

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The twenty-first century is an age of technology. As humans, we are now dependent on technology to quite a large extent. From GPS in your car, to online banking, all the way up to the radar used to steer an airplane’s course, we have become very used to letting technology take care of our daily lives.

History has always shown us that life can become a lot easier as the result of invention, innovation and widespread implementation of progression into society.

It’s also shown us another thing which is inevitable. And this is that after a while, sometimes after only a few years, a once revolutionary advent of technology can become old and inefficient as the world outgrows it. The world then looks to a newer form of product that has less restrictions and limitations.

This could not be more so when it comes to Windows backup.

Windows backup has served its users well for many, many years by creating a ghost drive on peoples’ computers as a way of offering a recovery for file loss disasters. The problem with this method of storage, though, is that it has become old hat, and, extremely limited. This is because Windows backup still insists on backing up files locally. This means that a user’s files are always vulnerable to hard drive failure, damage, and theft.

This is why a new system known as online storage was created. It stores a user’s files offsite in a large data center which is heavily guarded by both personnel and government level encryption. So no matter what happens to a user’s personal hard drive, there’s never any need to panic. If a data loss disaster was to strike, file recovery can be performed effortlessly.

So, if you are still relying on Windows backup, it might be time to consider the alternative…

Local Recovery the Betamax of the Windows Backup Revolution

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Over thirty years ago a new way of listening to music hit the shops. This technology was known as the Betamax cassette which finally gave automobile users the ability to hear their favorite songs while on the road. At the time, they were amazing. Brilliant. Then came along the compact cassette, CD’s and minidiscs, and then, of course, the takeover of modern digital music such as the mp3.

Cycles such as these are always happening in the world around us. Take Windows backup for example. For many years it has given its users the ability to store and secure their data on a backup or ‘ghost’ drive on their personal computer or onsite server. This technology has no doubt helped a lot of people recover data when disaster has struck. But this local form of backup had still has one flaw that is seen as fatal by a lot of people. Many know of it, but carry on their daily lives with their head in the sand, preferring to not acknowledge that their data could be at risk.

This fatal flaw, which is now commonly known, is that once a local backup system is hit by a virus or corruption, i.e. a notebook hard drive, the ghosted backup in a lot of cases becomes meaningless—because the backup is no longer accessible…

Enter online Windows backup, the savior of this century’s backup woes and concerns. Online Windows backup places your personal files into a highly secure third party data center, meaning that if a disaster were to hit your notebook, for example, there would be no trouble in retrieving your files.

This technology has in fact been around for a while in some circles, but thanks to the recent boom is now a very proficient and affordable way to cater for the world’s storage needs.

Windows To The Sky

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I apologise in advance for the cheesy title, but it is true windows backup is going skywards!

Whilst most Windows PC’s offer their own form of backup, the majority of users are looking to the clouds for storage as it is a much more useful option. Windows backup doesn’t offer the features available through a cloud storage provider, so in an arena where people want more and more for their money they are struggling to compete.

Cloud storage can offer anytime, anywhere access to all uploaded files, file sharing and the incredibly useful device syncing. In 2012 it is almost impossible to find anyone under the age of 65 who doesn’t own more than one of the following, a PC, a Laptop, a smartphone or a tablet. I have 3. Thanks to the unique feature of cloud storage I cannot not only sync all the information on these devices to be stored in the same cloud, but I can also access all the files in that cloud, regardless of where they were originally generated, from each of the devices too.

Whether you are a business man on the move constantly or a student travelling home for the holidays, being able to access all your files, via any internet ready device at anytime can revolutionise the way you work and the way you access your files. The business man will no longer have to carry multiple devices in order to complete or collaborate on work whilst on the move and the student won’t have to carry his phone and his mp3 player, instead he can access all his movies and music straight from his phone.

With benefits like these is is no wonder people are dismissing traditional Windows Backup in exchange for the cloud variety.

Think ‘Long Term’ When it Comes to Windows Backup

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Current Windows users already have an integrated system for backing up their data built into their operating systems. It has been the norm for many years, and has gotten a lot of users out trouble when their hard drives have decided to not play ball. Windows backup is perfectly fine as a short term form of protecting your files for a later recovery if need be. But what if your hard drive wants to do more than just not play ball? What if your hard drive wants to leave the field completely?

Of course, I’m referring to irreparable hard drive failure which could result from a number of uncontrollable elements, such as corruption, accidental physical damage, malware or virus infestation—or even theft! When this happens, there’s no come back. Because your current backup was only local, there’s just nothing you can do.

Sound like a terrifying movie you’d rather not star in? Well, there’s good news—you don’t have to! Online backup can offer you many features, with secure third party storage being its primary focus. Automated backups make backing up your work effortless, meaning you no longer have to grit your teeth while performing the task manually. With the highest standards of encryption in place and the securest of data centers housing your files, online backup really is worth considering over Windows backup.

File Versioning

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The new buzz word in Windows Backup maybe ‘File History’ but we hate to tell you but file versioning has been around as long as there has been online backup.

Online storage providers offer a plethora of features alongside their main role as a safe means of storing your data. One of these features is file versioning. We generate and amend files all day everyday, whether we are in the office, at home or even on the bus, which is why file versioning is such a key tool. Online storage providers will store multiple versions of the same file as standard (in most cases) just incase you change your mind and wish to revert to a previous incarnation of a particular file. This may sound complicated, but thanks to automated backup and a clever system, you can retrieve previous versions, generated by any device, at anytime.

This feature is wonderful if you are working collaboratively with colleagues or friends on a project. It removes the fear of everything being so final. File versioning allows you to retrace your steps too, if you amend something and then wish to revert but can’t remember exactly what you wrote. Restoring a file takes just a few clicks.

Window backup may have only just cottoned onto this phenomena, but it really is nothing new. It is however a fantastic feature of online storage which may come in more handy than you think!

What’s your windows backup plan?

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

How do you backup your computer? Is the question so often met with disdain when posed to computer users world wide. Some people don’t, some people use an integrated window backup system and some use cloud storage. Whichever your method the important fact is you have one.

Performing a windows backup by whatever means you choose is imperative to the safety of your files and folders. The safest form of windows backup is the cloud backup variety. By storing your data in the cloud you protect them from a variety of issues which could cause them to be lost, deleted or damaged. I know performing any kind of windows backup is an effort but just think, if and when something happens to your PC you wont be crying into your pillow because you have lost every photo, every song and every video you have ever saved. Instead you’ll be jumping for joy that you took those extra 5 minutes and set yourself up with a reliable windows backup provider.

Some integrated systems offer automatic backups, but cloud backup definitely does. It is one of it’s key features. By setting your PC to automatically back up, not only will you have a full backup of all your files but also when met with the question, how do you backup your PC? You can say I don’t, it does it for me.

Window backup isn’t the enemy, it is an important security measure which could one day be your saving grace. So whichever form of windows backup you choose, just make sure you choose one.

Why bother with windows backup?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

As a name which people already trust, I can see why computer users would choose to use windows backup, but when there are so many other online cloud storage options out there now you don’t have too.

Once upon a time windows backup may have been the only option, but those times have changed. Online backup providers now flood the market offering a range of features at a low cost. Whether you are a individual user or a business looking for PC backup, there is no longer any need to go to a sole windows backup service. Almost all providers on the market to are designed with windows in mind. Not  a surprise really when it is the chosen system of nearly three quarters of all computer users around the globe.

With data loss on the up whether you choose a windows backup service or an alternative cloud backup provider you need to choose something to protect your files. Hard drive failure or infection from a corrupted file can wipe out anything from one to all your files in the click of a button, but thanks to the improvements both backup and restore can be achieved in the same amount of time.

Whilst windows backup is an important decision it isn’t one which should be taken lightly. To find the best provider for you use comparison websites like this one to make sure you sign up to a provider who fulfills your needs.


Tips For Keeping Your PC TipTop

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Whether you choose to backup your PC online with a third party cloud storage provider or on a purchased data storage device such as a USB stick or external hard drive, below are 4 handy tips to bare in mind:

Top Tip Number 1: Like naughty children, separate your PC from your Backup

Backing up your Windows PC to an external hard drive, USB stick or a multitude of CD’s is fine if your hard drive crashes and you need to restore your files. But they are completely useless if your house floods fusing your electrics or someone breaks in and steals them. Performing a windows backup to an online storage provider, whose servers are in an off-site locations means you are completely completely covered in case of damage, loss or theft.

Number 2: Like all good things, one just isn’t enough

A good rule of thumb when it comes to PC backup is, you can never have too many copies. Whilst keeping an assortment of files you need regularly on an external hard drive or USB stick is great in the short term, long term Windows backup really should be performed online.Using an online windows backup service will add another dimension to your data storage as it will backup everything. Setting it to ‘set and forget’ also means that once installed, you’ll never have to worry about remembering to backup again. Having to many copies is better than having no copies at all when it comes to windows backup.

Number 3: There’s nothing like a good spring clean!

Just like our homes and our cars, a good spring clean once in a while does everything the world of good. The same applies to your PC. Delete old, unnecessary files, archived emails you never look at, anything which you don’t need or use. Think about it like this, what’s the point in backing up things you don’t need? Digital hoarding is becoming a trend, one we need to break.

Number 4: Security – If your names not on the list, you’re not coming in.

As part of the encryption process,  some online windows backup services offer password protection on download to further ensure the security of your files. Whilst this feature may not be so important for individuals looking to backup, it can prove vital for businesses trying to minimize the risk of malicious workers causing untold damage. Like the title say, if your names not on the list, you’re not coming in!

Silly as these titles maybe, they are worth baring in mind when thinking about backing up your windows PC.

Windows Backup, worth the effort?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Whether you run a Windows PC or a Mac, backing up your files is always more than worth the effort.

Ok, think about it like this….Think about the number of photographs you have of your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, children or grandchildren saved on your PC. Think about years of documents, letters you’ve written, emails you’ve sent sat saved for an eternity in your hard drive, now imagine one day they were all gone. Maybe you were burgled, maybe a pipe burst ruining your PC or maybe your hard drive crashed and everything was gone. Those files are lost without hope of ever getting them back. This is why windows backup is worth the effort.

Performing a windows backup to an external hard drive is one way of duplicating your files in order to protect your memories if the worst were to happen. Whilst backing up to an external hard drive is a perfectly fine way to save your files, storage will always be limited to the size of your external hard drive and they can risk falling foul of the same natural disasters as PC’s. They can be stolen, they can be dropped, they can be corrupted.

As an alternative, if you choose the correct online windows backup service, you can garner unlimited storage and protect both your files from corruption but also from ever being lost. The only downside to online backup is that unlike external hard drives in order to restore your files to a new PC, if yours were to break for example, you would need to be connected to the internet in to perform the restoration.

Whether your choose to backup to an external hard drive or an online PC backup provider, do it or you will regret it.

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