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Nov 17 2013

CrashPlan – Status Update

A while ago I thought I would give CrashPlan a go as a cloud backup solution. Well, after thirty nine days I have backed up about 220GB of data from our home server and will backup additional some data from my wife’s MacBook Air this week. I’ve not run into any issues so far and …

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Oct 09 2013

Backing up to the Cloud with CrashPlan

Another quick update this time regarding data backups. At home we run a Windows Home Server which centrally stores our data whilst backing up our computers. I do take periodic backups of the server using standard hard drives which I store offsite but I have been wanting to have a cloud backup solution as well …

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Sep 22 2013

Enabling the Safe Mode Menu Under Windows 8

Silly me let updated nVidia drivers through Windows Update which caused my computer to encounter the blue screen of death upon every boot. As a rule of thumb, I don’t accept such driver updates for this very reason despite usually being able to get out of any resulting mess. Unfortunately, because I could not seem …

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Jul 07 2013

Problem Backing Up New Windows 8 Computers to Windows Home Server 2011

After receiving my new Panasonic AX2 ultrabook it was prudent to setup automatic backups to prevent against data loss as a result of hardware failure or theft. Whilst I do save most important things in the cloud with my Office 365 subscriptions it is still handy to have the ability to restore the computer to …

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Oct 13 2011

Fix iOS 5 Upgrade and Error 1303 (Error -1303)

Well, I decided to upgrade my original iPad to iOS 5 this evening and received “Error -1303” (or “Error 1303” to help the search engines find it more easily) three times. I was offered the option to proceed without backing up my device but I didn’t think that was a good option. I ran another …

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Apr 28 2011

Always Backup Before Upgrading

Just a simple but important concept for tonight. The title pretty much says it all but it is very surprising how many people take the risk of upgrading software of the operating system on their computer with the expectation that nothing will go wrong. In contrast, many businesses who take their IT environments seriously not …

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Mar 04 2011

Sometimes Unconventional Means Don’t Work But Don’t Be Discouraged

A few posts back I was looking into reviving a hard drive using unconventional means (in this case putting it in the freezer) based upon anecdotal evidence on the web that supported this method. Sometimes in technical support positions you have to think outside the square and when conventional methods don’t work there may be …

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Feb 19 2011

Automatically Reinstall Common Applications After a Format with Ninite

Ninite Website

If you have been following the blog you might be aware that I undertook a clean install of Windows 7 on a laptop. Of course, there’s a process to go through in order to backup existing data, reinstall Windows and then copy back the required data from the backup. However, some of that data is …

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Feb 16 2011

Capture a Disk Image Quickly with DriveImage XML

DriveImage XML - Backup in Progress

From time to time I help people undertake the often laborious task of doing a clean installation of Windows on a computer. The installation itself is fairly painless but there are other tasks involved that can take up a considerable amount of time, including: backing up the existing data (although I recommend people have regular …

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Dec 28 2010

Find Older Versions of a Website with the Wayback Machine

Another quick tip for this evening. With a vast amount of content appearing, changing and disappearing on the Internet every day, month and year there may come a time when you want to find something that once existed in a particular form. Unless you were lucky enough to save a copy of a particular website …

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