👍 #857 - Can't I Just Copy Everything to Back Up?
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"If a backup is a copy, then how 'bout I just skip the whole backup program confusion and copy everything manually?"
If only if were that simple. Sadly, it's not. Yes, a backup is a copy, but, no, you're not able to copy everything manually. A lot? Yes. Everything? No.
Can't I Just Copy Everything to Back Up? has the low-down of why you really do want that backup program to make the copy for you.
Also this week:
- Want some confusion? When it comes to images size and size are two different things.
- Speaking of size; megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes ... what's next?
- If passwords should be long and random and unique, wouldn't it make sense to treat user names the same way?
- What to do when malware gets extra defensive.
Took the week off. With the next Apple announcement happening on our traditional recording day, I'm not sure I can drag Gary to the microphone next week either.
That important article elsewhere...
A reminder to please read and share this article: Inside an International Tech-Support Scam.
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This Week's Featured Article
Can't I Just Copy Everything to Back Up?
Only if you really can copy everything. (Spoiler: you can't.)
It's tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But you can easily miss something very important.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
How Pixels, DPI, Resolution, Picture Size, and File Size All Relate
|Photographic images have a number of characteristics that we often don't consider or understand. I'll review how digital pictures are constructed and stored, and what you need to keep in mind when sharing or publishing.|
What Comes After Terabytes?
|Zetabytes? Petaflops? Gigahertz? Confusing terms for our computers' ever-increasing capacity and speed.|
Should Your Username be More Like a Password?
|Occasionally people suggest that usernames should be treated like passwords. While there's some merit to the idea, it's ultimately impractical.|
How Do I Remove Malware that Blocks Downloads
|Some malware goes to great lengths to prevent you from downloading, running, or applying a fix. I'll tell you what steps to take.|
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My External HDD Shows Not Formatted ' But It Has All My Data!??? Occasionally, when moving an external HDD drive to another machine it'll show up as unformatted. I'll look at some possible causes and actions to take.
How Do I Remove Malware that Blocks DownloadsSome malware blocks you from downloads, running, or applying a fix. I'll tell you what steps to take.
Should Your Username be More Like a Password?Occasionally people suggest that a username should be more like a password. While there's some merit to the idea, it's ultimately impractical.
What Comes After Terabytes?What comes after terabytes Is it Petaflops? O Gigahertz? Confusing terms for our computers' ever-increasing capacity and speed.
Can't I Just Copy Everything to Back Up?It's tempting to just use file-copy everything tools to back up what you think you need. But you can easily miss something very important.
How Pixels, DPI, Resolution, Picture Size, and File Size All RelatePhotographic image size can be complicated. I'll review how a digital picture is constructed, file size, and what you need to keep in mind when sharing or publishing.
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