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  • Switchers: Taking a bite of the Apple – Part 2

    Posted on March 16th, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Nathan Parker

    With the end of free support for Windows 7, some users are weighing whether it might be a good time to jump to Apple’s Mac.

    If you’re thinking about making the switch but are new to Apple, we’ve provided a two-part quick guide to the Mac environment.

    In Part 1 (2020-03-09 AskWoody Plus Newsletter) we discussed the various types of Mac desktops and notebooks. We also included an overview on setting up a new Mac. In Part 2, we’ll examine the macOS desktop, provide a brief description of the Mac keyboard, and discuss system backup and security.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.11.0 (2020-03-16).

  • Easily back up all your PC’s current drivers

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    Free tools, including Win10’s built-in export-driver command, make backing up your device drivers simple.

    Plus: Free security info from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And, do new laptops really require a 100 percent initial charge?

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.37.0 (2019-10-14).

  • How do you know if File History is really working?

    Posted on July 8th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    For that matter, how do you know if any of your backups are working?

    The best proof is a nondestructive, no-overwrite, test-restore of one or more of your backed-up files. Here’s how, using Windows’ File History as the example.

    Plus: Full and partial fixes to a recurring and seemingly patternless boot failure.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.25.0 (2019-07-08).

  • Microsoft finally got OneDrive right

    Posted on June 17th, 2019 at 02:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In typical Microsoft fashion, the company saw a good idea — online file storing, synching, and sharing — and then took a long time to get it right.

    Turning OneDrive into a robust, fully functional app/service was a painful process — especially for users. But today, it’s more than just “right” — it’s actually really, really good!

    Out today in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.22.0.

  • How to fix OneDrive file-synching problems

    Posted on June 3rd, 2019 at 02:17 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Because it’s included with Windows 10, there’s a good chance you’ve used OneDrive as a helpful tool for backing up files and/or synching them between devices.

    But as with any program, you can run into hiccups with OneDrive; files don’t get backed up, synching fails, and so forth.

    See the full story in the June 3, 2019, AskWoody Plus Newsletter (Issue 16.20.0)

  • Troubleshooting: Use system images to fix major PC hassles

    Posted on May 13th, 2019 at 02:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Windows 10 has a built-in (and ancient) whole-disk backup tool called System Images. It works, most of the time, but you need to know about the gotchas. You can also use System Restore points – as long as you had the foresight to turn them on in advance.

    Michael Lasky takes you through the built-in basics in the new AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.17.0 — out this morning to Plus members.

  • There goes another excuse for not backing up

    Posted on May 13th, 2018 at 14:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a message from Noel Carboni.

    I just ordered another new backup drive from Amazon (via your home page link), a MyBook 8 TB drive.

    The price was decent I think – $169.99. For EIGHT TB. I’ve seen Seagate 8 TB drives for less, but I prefer the Western Digital brand myself.

    I would post this on your site in a post encouraging people to do backups – but I don’t know how to format the link to make sure you get your commission.

    Problem solved. 🙂

    Seriously, this is an amazing price for a very capable piece of hardware. If you aren’t doing backups, you just lost another excuse.

  • Get those full system backups working!

    Posted on March 19th, 2016 at 06:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I got this message from JIY – and what he says is absolutely right.

    There is an underlying theme with all this updating, upgrading, clandestine goings-on.

    That is, very few people make system backups. There are a whole bunch of comments over the last few days that could have warranted the response, “What is your most recent backup?” To which you know there would be no good answer. And no, we’re not talking about restore points. This is a full system backup on a USB hard drive, facilitated by EaseUS Todo Backup (free), Windows itself, or something else.

    I have dealt with enough friends’ system problems (repeat offenders) to devote a 1.5Tb Seagate to backup duty. Get it fixed, updated, and then backup immediately. A full backup of my 2Tb (1.81 actual) which is 1.66 unused takes about 35 minutes under USB 2.0 to that drive. That same drive holds my Windows 1.04 file copies of the 720K originals … and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.

    $80 for a backup drive is cheap insurance. Even if you were lazy and ran backup only twice a year you still could “get out of it”. Seems that backup declined along with the decline in bluescreens? Anyone who has seen a disaster reversal (especially on a laptop)  would agree it’s the ultimate “undo”.

    In cases of Windows 10 failed prevention, a backup may be invaluable.

    Microsoft made a good move in Windows 10, by bringing back all of the Windows 7 backup capabilities – which are extensive. But I wanted to make two points.

    First, there are plenty of good, free system image backup programs available. I’m currently recommending Comodo backup – as you all will see next week.

    Second, there’s an incredible bargain on external backup drives this week. Amazon is listing the Western Digital 1 TB “My Passport” USB 3 external hard drive for $64.19. If you’re a Prime member (I am, and recommend it), you get shipping free. I’ve never seen a name-brand external hard drive that cheap.