Archive for October, 2012

Backing up an external hard drive – a BuddyBackup user’s experience

October 16, 2012

One user explains how she used BuddyBackup to backup the files on her hard drive after her laptop ran out of storage:

With hardly any disk space left on my laptop, I decided to transfer my ever-expanding stock of family photos and videos onto an external hard drive instead.

I’ve always backed up these precious files (along with my other documents on my laptop) offsite with BuddyBackup just in case I get robbed or have a disaster at home. But now these files are off my pc, I still want them backed up offsite, so I need to backup the hard drive as well.

This is different than adding a USB hard drive as a Buddy, which is another option altogether.

I actually want to back up the hard drive, which I’ll use as an extension to my pc – plugging it in when I want to share my pictures with family and friends.

So this is how I did it:

  1. Firstly, I connected the USB hard drive to my laptop. BuddyBackup will automatically detect the USB drive and ask if you want to add it as a Buddy. This is when you say NO.
  2. I then made a copy of My Pictures and My Videos onto the external hard drive.
  3. When I checked that the files had ALL copied over correctly, I deleted them from my laptop.
  4. At this stage I was a bit nervous about having no offsite backup but BuddyBackup won’t delete the original backups until one month after they have been removed from my laptop – so plenty of time to do a restore of all the files should anything go wrong!
  5. Then I simply opened the BuddyBackup control panel and clicked on ‘Choose Backups’ tab.
  6. As the hard drive was plugged into my pc, it showed on the file directory in ‘Choose Backups’.
  7. Then it was just a matter of ticking the My Pictures and My Videos folders in the hard drive directory and BuddyBackup added them to my list of backups.

As my original backups were done with the latest version of BuddyBackup, it was able to recognise that the files on my hard drive were exactly the same as the ones I had on my pc, so the backup didn’t take long.

As long as my hard drive is connected to my pc, BuddyBackup will keep backing it up. If I unplug for a while, then BuddyBackup will automatically backup the changes to my selected folders as soon as I connect again.

So now I’ve got tonnes more space on my laptop and my hard drive backed up offsite too.


BuddyBackup says:

For more information about backups and restores, take a look at our help section.

BuddyBackup compatible with Windows 8

October 2, 2012

Windows 8 is going to available to the public from 26 October and it’s a whole new ball game to its predecessor Windows 7. 

We’ve actually got a few bets at the BuddyBackup offices about how long it’s going to take before Microsoft cracks and releases a simpler, more familiar interface that’s closer to Windows 7.  Even our beta testers have said what a big adjustment it is – and when companies and the less tech savvy get their hands on it – some people are really going to struggle.

In the meantime, our developers have been working hard to make sure that BuddyBackup is compatible. So if you decide to download the new operating system, you simply need to reinstall BuddyBackup software and your backups will be taken care of as usual.

So what can you expect from Windows 8?

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, says it’s possibly the most important product launch in the company’s history: “Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now. I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it,” he says.

Windows 8 is a major redesign of the Microsoft operating system, not just a gentle upgrade and, in fact, it breaks down the normal conventions of using a pc.

The first difference you’ll notice is the faster boot time which, if you’re used to tablets, will come as a relief.

Gone is the start button, which has been replaced with a tile-based user interface.  Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system compatible with tablets and even the pc interface is touch orientated. As a result, you’ll probably want to invest in a touch screen for your pc.

The whole look is much sleeker, although the lack of a start button makes it harder to find certain functions. However, Windows Explorer has been replaced with File Explorer which has greater functionality.

A great new feature is snap multi-tasking, which allows you to split the screen and look at two different applications at once. It means you can work on your presentation with an eye on your emails or word document at the same time.

The new family security tools are a much needed improvement. They can restrict and filter web pages, allow you to set time limits and prevent access to certain applications.

If you’re using Windows 8 at work, the Windows to Go function for enterprise allows you to make a virtual copy of your pc onto a USB drive which you can plug into any other Windows 8 pc and use it as if it were your own. It’s a way of putting your office pc in your pocket and taking it home with you.

If you’re testing the beta version of Windows 8, BuddyBackup is ready now if you want to give it a try ahead of the October 26 launch date.

Read more about Windows 7 versus Windows 8.