Supported by Personal Tech Tech Tip By J. D. BIERSDORFER APRIL 5, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Q. I’ve been backing up my computer to two different external hard drives — one made by Seagate and the other by Western Digital. The backup drives are now six years old. I know hard drives fail after a while, so when should I replace these drives with new ones?A. The life span of hard disk drives, both internal and external, can be difficult to predict. The mechanical state of the drive’s motor, the number of hours the drive has been in use and its environmental conditions are just a few factors that could alter its condition. Manufacturer warranties on the hardware — often two or three years for consumer-focused products — are no guarantee of the drive’s life expectancy, either. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the … [Read more...] about Monitoring the Health of a Backup Drive
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Here are some more excellent apps to take a look at!10 best security apps for Android that aren’t antivirus apps When you Google Search the term security apps, you get a ton of antivirus and anti-malware app listings. Unfortunately, that's a very narrow view of what's out there. There are tons of apps that can …10 best Android file explorer apps, file browser apps, and file manager apps File manager apps are among the most important apps on your device. With them, you can browse your files, find your downloads, manage your storage space, move things around, and a lot more. Not everyone … Amazon DrivePrice: Free app / $12 per year / $60 per yearDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYAmazon Drive is a good start for anyone who uses Amazon Prime. Those with Amazon Prime will already get 5GB of free storage along with unlimited backup for photos and videos. You can upgrade to unlimited storage for about $60 per year. You can also use it if you don’t have Amazon Prime but the 5GB of … [Read more...] about 10 best cloud storage services and apps for Android of 2018!
In the 15 years that I’ve been running a small company, I have survived several malware attacks. The only thing that kept me in business was a reliable backup of my data.When it comes to my data (if not my pants), I’m a belt and suspenders kind of person: In addition to periodically copying my two key work folders onto an external hard drive, my system automatically backs up my computer’s contents to an encrypted cloud-based backup service at 1 o’clock every morning.If I’m attacked or my main computer goes south, I won’t lose my company’s 40.9GB of data, even if some catastrophe destroys both the computer and the external hard drive. More than once, I have used the backups to save my digital bacon by retrieving a deleted file, and the online backup has the added convenience of letting me use just about any connected device to access a document and show it to a client during a remote meeting.I’m not alone in recognizing the benefits of … [Read more...] about Review: 4 online backup services keep your data safe
Known more to be a competitive online retailer for mobile phones, which we might add provides for some of the best deals on most handsets out there, but Wirefly appears to be offering their very own free mobile backup service.Unlike some of the carrier or handset specific offerings out there, like Google Sync or Verizon's backup service, Wirefly is rolling it out to a number of mobile platforms, phones, and carriers – encompassing a wide variety of things. Going by the name of Wirefly Mobile Backup, it essentially will allow users to sync an assortment of data that tally in at a 2GB cap. Some of items you can sync include contacts, pictures, music, ringtones, and calendar entries – which are all stored on Wirefly's servers.All in all, the supported set of handsets right now include Window Mobile 6.x, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android. Additionally, they'll extend their service in the future to devices like Symbian, Windows Phone 7, Java, and Palm.source: Wirefly via … [Read more...] about Wirefly is now offering their very own free mobile backup service
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