A Little Backup History:
I originally started out like most folks and backed up to a cd or flash drive.
Then online backup became popular.
More recently there are cloud file sharing services which serve as backups to a degree.
But what if all you items on the cloud drive become deleted?
And what do you do if you want to quickly recover from a HD drive failure or migrate to a new PC?
Can you wait three days for all your files to be restored and downloaded for three days grinding your internet to a halt?
Windows 7 built in backup was fairly straightforward, but what about Windows 8.1?
Or maybe the solution is to write yourself a nifty xcopy batch file
Then there is the need for syncing files on different PC’s. You can use Microsoft’s Sync Toy or use a Robocopy batch file.
Then the occasional need to clone an HD or that new SSD?
Well after years of trying all the free solutions, I purchased Acronis Premium and am really impressed.
1. It has bare metal backup and recovery of data and system partitions.
2. You can also burn a rescue disc which lets you start recovery from any available media with a backup on it.
3. It supports network and USB drives.
2.It has file backup with all kinds of schemes from Incremental to Differential to Full with Incremental being default and supports versioning.
3. Since World Backup Day is coming up Acronis is giving away 250GB of cloud storage with a purchase. The online backup is seamlessly integrated into the software just like everything else. A cloud portal and phone apps let you access your files on the go. And the backup is fairly fast.
4. Acronis comes with a default sync folder which is shared by your three PC’s separately from your other backup schemes. It is like a briefcase everyone can work out of. Also you can sync directories across the network as well. When directory A is updated Directory B receives the changes and vice-versa. This works nice for syncing two cloud storage accounts like Google Drive or Dropbox.
5. A lot of extra disc tools are included of which the most important is the cloning tool in my opinion. Clone to that new HD in a couple simple screens.
I am just really impressed. This really seems like a fully featured, yet “set it and forget it system”. Acronis TrueImage Premium provides multiple backup configuration, methods and schemes to meet the needs of the majority of users.
Hypertube- The Missing Windows 8 App?
This is everything you would expect from a YouTube App, especially since Microsoft & Google haven’t agreed on the Win 8 YouTube App. You can hide suggested videos and popular now and just see your subscriptions.
This is a nice clean Metro App for Youtube & with the paid app you can remove YouTube feeds and Suggested Videos & just see your subscriptions. You subscriptions’ latest uploads show up nicely on the Live Tile & you have the ability to download and save video and audio for later offline use
MegaTube – Youtube Player/Downloader
While not perfect, this is a nice clean Metro App for Youtube from which you can remove YouTube feeds and Suggested Videos & just see your subscriptions. You subscriptions’ latest uploads show up nicely on the Live Tile & you have the ability to download and save video and audio for later offline use. While a little rough around the edges, all the functionality you need for simple youtube watching is here. Thumbs up to the developer! We hope they continue to develop this app.
This is my favorite Windows 8 Media player.
Metro Media Player Pro
Tired of the big bloated Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps with tons of ugly ads? Try a nice simple Audio & Video Player & enjoy your own music and video file with a Windows 8 App experience.
I like the Bing Homepage with the colorful pictures that change everyday, but do not like the news feed at bottom.
Use the instructions at the following link to display a plain bing home page.
Or use the shortcut http://www.bing.com/?rb=0
Then if you want the to still see the pretty pictures on your desktop use Bing Desktop and customize the preferences:
If you use Internet Explorer to browse the web or are a web developer there are a lot of neat tools to be had at MODERN.IE (even the occasional free Pizza.) You can download a VM browser of any of the major browser makers or try a free 3 month trial on browser stack.
Anyway for those uncooperative sites that refuse to work properly in IE try opening the F12 developer tools. Now you can re-render the page in whatever IE browser you desire as well as change the browser headers to match any of the major web browsers.
This could prove beneficial as well for the casual, but techie web surfer who comes upon a stubborn page.
For interest’s sake I used the first website that ever existed to demonstrate the functionality.
Below is a very helpful post, in the event you wish to fire a command line from a .cs file in C#.
One of the down-sides of the new cloud sharing platforms is that you often don’t have a backup other than the recycle bin. (Dropbox does offer a PackRat feature.) I decided to do a little experiment with 7zip to see how I could create my own SkyDrive Archive.
- First of all most of the cloud storage Giants have a file size upload limit, so we will need to break apart larger folders.
- Download 7zip Command Line Utility.
- Create a Folder Named Batch under your C:Drive.
- Place the 7Zip Download file in the C:Batch Folder.
- Also in the C:Batch folder make a new .txt document and save it as 7zip.bat.
- Paste the following text in the 7zip.bat document:
cd /D C:UsersUserOneDrive
for /d %%X in (*) do C:Batch7za9207za.exe u “F:Backups%%X.7z” “%%X” -y -mx9 -mmt -wf:temp
- Replaced the italicized C:SkyDrive with the path to your SkyDrive Folder.
- The %%X is a folder name wildcard. (So whatever the name is in the source folder, call it that in the destination folder.)
- Save and run the batch file!
- More helpful commands and their explanations can be found at the links below:
- Install SkyDrive & Google Drive to their respective directories on your PC.
- Backup your files before running any test batch files!
- Create a batch file using a text document and saving it as .bat.
- WARNING! The following fie is a mirror and can both add files and remove files from the destination Directory.
- Paste the following text into the batch file:
robocopy C:SkyDrive “D:GoogleDriveSkyDrive” /MIR /TEE /r:0 /w:0 /log:”C:Skydriverobocopy.txt”
- The /MIR switch creates a Mirror of your SkyDrive in your Google Drive Folder.
- The /TEE ensures you see the Output of the files in the console.
- /r:0 & /w:0 reduce the wait and retry time delay to 0.
- /log:”genericnameforlogfile.txt” outputs the entire console to a text document.