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BackupAnywhere is a Simple USB Backup Tool That Supports Folder Sync

[Windows only]: USB Drives are very vulnerable to data loss, a malware attack and you may lose all the data. It makes sense to use a handy USB backup tool and regularly sync the content of your USB drive with a folder in your computer.

Consider a scenario, you work in multiple computers and rely on using a USB drive for carrying important documents, programs and files. At the end of the day, you want to create a backup of your entire USB drive so that if you lose any data, you can restore the data using the last backup.

You may also want to create a local folder on your computer and sync it’s content with the USB drive.

Enter BackUpAnyWhere a free portable program for Windows which lets you perform automated USB backups and sync the content with a folder in your computer. Run the program and you will be asked to choose a directory for the backup:

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Hit Set directoryand choose a directory from your hard drive where you want the USB data to be copied:

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Now hit Start backupand sit back while the files are copied. The software will mirror all the content of your USB drive in the specified directory on your hard drive.

Apart from a backup tool, the utility also supports synchronizing folders between the flash drive and a directory on your hard drive. When you run the program for the second time, you will be shown the option to either backup your USB drive or choose to sync the content with a directory:

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If you want to automate the backup job, remember to select the check box Automated mode. Now whenever you plug in the USB drive, the backup process will start on it’s own.

Related reading: How to Backup USB Drives using a USB Image tool

Techie Buzz Verdict

The software works great but one drawback spotted you can’t pause or stop the backup once it starts. I would love to see a list of files that are backed up being shown in the program interface.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

How to Copy DVDs the Right Way with DVDShrink

dvd-ico Have you ever heard of DVDShrink? It’s a freeware program that allows you to make backup copies of your movie DVDs. The shrinkpart of the name of this software is the real power behind it. Movies are usually distributed on dual layer DVDs, while most blank DVDs are only single layer. The DVDShrink program can allow you to shrink a dual layer movie onto a single layer blank disk. However, there are a few tricks you need to know if you want to do it the right way and get the best possible copy.

I’ve used DVDShrink for years, but I never did know the finer points to using it. I always used it to create backup ISO files that I stored on my hard drives. Fortunately, I know someone who does know a good many tricks for using this freeware. Jim Hillier has posted a complete how toon one of my favorite newsletters Dave’s Computer Tips.

Here’s that post: How to use DVDShrink… The Right Way!

Wait! Before you head over there, here are a few things you might want to know.

• Where is the download for DVDShrink? The home site of DVDShrink is at dvdshrink.org, however, you won’t find a link to download it there. I always go to the DVDShrink page at Afterdawn to get the latest version.

• If you have any questions about DVDShrink, just post a comment below and I’ll ask Jim to lend a hand.

• If you’d like to read a good monthly newsletter, be sure to sign up for Dave’s Computer Tips.


Backup Your Device Drivers with Double Driver

IN A WINDOWS PC, the drivers are some of the most important files you need to keep everything working as it should. The drivers control all of the hardware devices in your PC. So when they don’t work, your display, or sound, or CD/DVD drives, or networking cards may not be working.

Usually, this happens when you are setting up a new PC that you don’t have the original install disks for. I’ve had it happen many times and the only solution is to search the internet for the correct drivers, then install them.

If you have all of your required drivers, re-installing Windows will most likely be a trouble free experience. The best place to get the drivers is off of the PC that’s going to need them. Over the years, I’ve gotten a little smarter. After a successful install of Windows, one of the first things I do is back up all of the system drivers someplace safe. I’ve found one of the best ways to do this is to use a driver backup utility.

double-driver-icon Double Driver is a good freeware driver backup solution. It’s not a large download and it’s also a portable application, meaning, you can take the program with you on a flash card or USB drive. There’s no need to install it since it will run right from the portable drive.

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Installation is easy. Download the zip file, extract it to a folder, then double click the dd.exe file to start Double Driver.

Once it’s running, click the Scan button to make Double Driver scan your PC for all of the driver files.

By default, the drivers you need to back up will already be selected. However, it never hurts to back them all up. You can select all of the drivers from the Select menu.

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Once you’ve selected all the drivers you wish to back up, then you only need to hit the Backup button to start the process. You’ll have an option to change the backup settings at this point.

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The default options are fine unless you need to compress the files because of limited space in your backup location. The default option to Include Double Driveris a bonus that’s worthy of praise. After all, it’s likely you’ll only need to restore the drivers to a system which doesn’t already have Double Driver on it.

Restoring the drivers on a PC is also very easy. Navigate to the folder where you have the backup drivers stored, then double click the dd.exe file.

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Once Double Driver is running, hit the Restore button and you’ll see your drivers listed, selected, and ready for you to hit the Restore button once again.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Double Driver meets almost every good point that I use to judge software. It’s freeware, portable, useful, easy to use, bug free and runs on most versions of Windows. I have no problem recommending it as a must have.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

How To Create and Use System Restore Points

I often create backups of my registry files when I’m getting ready to try out new software. Lately, I’ve been setting System Restore Pointsas well. Why would I do this? Let’s ask Microsoft.

Quote from Microsoft: Every time you download or install a new game, application, or software update, you make changes to your computer. Sometimes that change may make your system unstable. Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? With System Restore, you can.(source)

What is a System Restore Point?

System Restore is a Windows feature that takes snapshots of the system files and registry at regular intervals or during important system events. The snapshots are stored as System Restore Points (SRP). If you run into a problem, you can often use a previous SRP to undo many of the changes to your system that created the problem.

It’s not fool proof. Sometimes it didn’t correct the problems I had. Most of the time, it does a good job as long as the Restore Point isn’t very old. Since it seems to be important to use a recent SRP, I often set my own SRP just before installing software. I’ll show you how to do this below.

How to Create a System Restore Point

In Windows XP, use your start menu to go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

You should see this:

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Set the button on Create a restore pointand click Next. At the next screen, you’ll be able to type in a name or description for your restore point.

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In Vista and Win7, you can set an SRP just as easily.

Click your Start button, then type restore, then click the entry that says Create a restore point.

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Next you’ll see a screen like this:

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Click the Createbutton and you’ll get a window that will let you choose a description for the new SRP.

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How to Use a Restore Point to Recover from a Problem

In WinXP, you can use the Start menu as shown above to find the System Restore settings.

When you get to the System Restore panel, select Restore my computer to an earlier time.

You’ll get a window that will let you select a restore point.

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Once you have an SRP selected, hit the Nextbutton to start the recovery. You’ll get a screen with some info on it and you’ll have to click Nextone final time. The computer will restart.

In Vista and Win7, you can click the start button and type restore. You’ll need to click the entry labeled Restore your computer to an earlier time.

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You’ll get a window up that let’s you start System Restore. Then you’ll be able to select an SRP to recover.

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Once you have one selected, hit the Nextbutton, and then the Finishbutton to confirm it. Your computer will reboot and hopefully everything will be better.

Conclusion

Now that you have the general idea, don’t forget that setting a System Restore Point could save you time and trouble when you try out new software. If you have any suggestions or questions, be sure to comment below.

Firefox Officially gets Weave Sync with Weave 1.0 Release

Browser backups allow us to carry our complete browser settings and data anywhere. This is done by syncing content from our browser to over a cloud storage which is accessible from our particular accounts. This feature is present in Opera as Opera links and now we have official support for Weave Sync. If you are still wondering what Weave is,

Weave is a free add-on for Firefox that syncs your data — bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, Personas and stored passwords — across multiple PCs running Firefox and supported mobile devices.

Currently, Weave is available as an add-on but it will be officially a part of Firefox from later this year. Weave once installed, will not interrupt your browsing experience with annoying prompts but works pretty much in the background. Weave syncing can be done on the Mozilla server as well as a server of our choice.  Weave Sync works really fast and restoring a saved online backup is a matter of around half a minute.

This release has been long awaited. Though, the next release of Weave Sync, version 1.1 will feature the syncing of add-ons as well. This makes Weave a complete backup solution for all our Firefox settings. To download Weave Sync version 1.0, visit this link.

Back Up Your Registry in Case of Disaster – ERUNT

registry icon Most of you already know what the Windows registry is and what it does. I’ll tell you about it anyway, just in case you’ve forgotten. The Windows registry is the keeper of all the settings in Windows and many of the programs you install. If something goes wrong in the registry, you can end up with a PC that won’t even boot properly.

In some of the older Windows operating systems, such as Win95, 98 and ME, your PC used to back up the registry every time you rebooted. If you are using Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Win7, this isn’t true. In those older systems, you could restore an older copy of the registry while you were booting up. In the newer systems, you can’t do that.

Many years ago, I ran into a program called ERUNT that solves this problem to some extent. The name stands for Emergency Recovery Utility NT. ERUNT allows you to back up the registry completely and restore older copies of the registry if you run into any problems. It has saved me plenty of headaches over the years.

The ERUNT program is fairly small. The installer is about 772kb when you download it. The installation is fairly standard up to the final option. You will be asked if you want ERUNT to run every time Windows starts. I always tell it No’, but it’s a great safety option.

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Once installed, you can launch ERUNT from your Start menu, or a shortcut. You’ll see a screen like this.

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As you can see, the default location of the backup files is a folder called ERDNT inside the Windows folder. Once you click the OK button to start the backup operation, it actually does it’s job fairly quick.

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Now that you have a backup, what good is it? Let’s use me as an example. I had recently tried out a new image viewer and I didn’t like it after trying it. I tried to uninstall it, and I found out that the uninstall wouldn’t work. The image viewer had changed all of my image file type settings and now there was no way to return them to the original settings.

If I had used ERUNT before installing the image viewer, I’d be able to restore the registry to make all of those changes vanish. Unfortunately, I hadn’t made any backups, and I ended up with far more trouble. Hopefully, I won’t do that again.

To recover the registry from an earlier backup, you need to go to the C:\Windows\ERDNT folder, then into one of the dated backup folders. Once inside one of the date folders, you’ll see the ERDNT.exe file.

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Double click the ERDNT file to launch the restore operation. Once it’s finished, you will be prompted to reboot the PC. During the reboot, Windows will load the backup copy of the registry.

Here’s what I recommend for the use of ERUNT.

• Back up the registry just before installing new programs.
• Back up the registry just before you start a Windows update.
• Back up the registry on a regular basis (like once a week).

ERUNT works in Windows NT, 2000, XP, and I’ve read it also works with Windows 7 and Vista.

When you install ERUNT, it also provides you with a utility called NTREGOPT. This is a registry optimizing tool and supposedly compacts the registry to remove wasted space in it. I don’t use it often, but you may find it useful.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

If you want to prepare for disaster, you should always keep full backups of your Windows hard drives. For smaller and quicker backups, you can use ERUNT to back up the Windows registry. It could save you hours of trouble, and I could almost say it’s a must have‘ utility.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Partition Manager Free Download Only for 3 More Hours

Giveaway of the Day is giving away the much popular Partition Manager 10.0 Personal software from Paragon completely for free for about 3 more hours. The original software costs $39.95 and just for today, it is being given away for free, thanks to LifeHacker’s post.

Partition Manager 10.0 Personal has full support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista (including the 64-bit versions) and support for the latest Linux kernel and GPT-formatted hard disks used in Windows 7, Vista, Mac OSX and some Linux distros.

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With advanced features such as restoration of data from bare metal state, restoring partitions with resizes and a PowerShield technology that lets you resume partitioning and other services even after a power failure, this is a software built for those who will be working under precarious conditions.
The site itself tells you of the number of places where your data can be backed up:

Back up data and system to an archive, a local drive, an external USB/Firewire drive, CDs, DVDs or network share.

However, do note that this version does not come with free technical support or free updates to higher versions. It is also strictly for non-commercial use.

So what are you waiting for? Download the giveaway within the next three hours and start backing up and segregating your data so that you can experiment with OSs! If you ask me, this is the best way to start loving Linux (keep rotating distros every week!)

Easy Full System Backup and Recovery with Easeus Todo Backup

This Christmas, Santa brought me a new HP Mini 110 netbook. It came with Windows XP pre-installed and it also came with all the normal stuff except for two things. It doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive and it doesn’t have a system recovery CD.

The first thing I wanted to do after getting all of my must haveprograms loaded, was to get the new netbook backed up on my external USB backup drive. I knew that creating the backup on my USB drive was not going to be a problem with almost any software I chose to use. However, how was I going to be able to boot my PC into a recovery mode if Windows or my hard drive failed? After some trial and error, I found that Easeus Todo Backup makes the job pretty easy once you’ve learned a trick or two. Below, I’ll share my new tricks with you, so that you won’t have to sweat for hours figuring it out on your own.

Create Bootable Live Linux USB Drives with UNetbootin

This year for Christmas, I received a new netbook to play with. It came pre-loaded with Windows XP, so I’ve had a little vacation from Windows 7. I’ve also had to live without a CD/DVD drive, and that’s been the real challenge for me.

Once I had my netbook set up the way I wanted it, my first order of business was to create a full system backup. Since my netbook doesn’t have a CD drive, I had to figure out how to boot a recovery system from the flash drive slot, or a USB stick.

The backup software I chose came with a Live CD ISO file that you would normally burn to a CD. Once the CD was booted, you could access your backup files on the network or on an external hard drive, and then you could restore your system. I tried a variety of programs, but I finally found a perfect solution at Sourceforge.net. UNetbootin (free and open source) easily created a bootable SD flash card containing my system recovery software. Below I’ll give you some details about this fantastic utility.

Rsync for Windows

Rsync is a very popular command line tool for Linux, which allows you to sync files between multiple computers. Rsync makes use of incremental file transfers, which ensures that only files that have been updated are synched between two computers.

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Rsync for Windows provides a graphical user interface for Windows users to their files. It uses the Samba network to share and upload the backup data to a Linux based system.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Rsync for Windows is a advanced tool for users who want to sync files between Windows and Linux without having to install Cygwin on their computers.

The application provides a simple interface with an option to add rsync shell arguments for all the backup jobs.

Rating: 3/5 (Very Good)

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Extract Contacts and Messages from Nokia Backup Files

Creating is always a good thing, similarly Nokia users can create backups of their contacts, messages and files using the Nokia PC suite software. Earlier today we told you about Nokia Backup Explorer, which allows you to browse .nbu files.

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Nok Nok Who’s there is another   and , which will allow you to extract contacts and messages from the files created using Nokia PC Suite.

The software allows you to extract the contacts and messages, so that you can use it in a different software like Outlook or to another phone.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The software currently only supports older versions of Nokia PC suite backups in the form of .db files and .dat files. I currently use Ovi suite, which creates files in the db3 format so was not able to test out the functionality.

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Nokia Backup Explorer Lets You Browse and Export .nbu Files

Nokia PC suite and Ovi suite users can their contacts, calendar entries, messages and bookmarks and store it as a file (.nbu). User can then use the backups to restore their phones or import contacts/calendar entries/messages and bookmarks into a new phone.

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Nokia Backup Explorer is a handy which will allow you to easily browse the Nokia Backup files (.nbu) without having to install PC suite on their computer.

To browse your backup file, just load the .nbu backup file into the software. You can then browse the contacts, calendar entries, messages and bookmarks and even export a single folder or all the folders using the software.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Nokia Backup Explorer allows you to easily browse and export your contacts, calendar entries and more. The contacts will be exported in VCF format, and calendar entries in VCS format. You can then use the exported files to import your data into another software like .

Nokia Backup Explorer is a pretty lightweight software as compared to Nokia PC Suite or OVI suite. In addition to that, NBE is a , so you can copy it your portable drive and access .nbu files from anywhere.

Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Create a System Image In Windows 7

There is no doubt that is one of the most feature packed OS released by Microsoft. Not only is it visually appealing, but there are so many features built into it that it eliminates the need for several software.

A interesting feature that How-to-Geek brings forth is the ability to create a system image and back it up to an external hard drive or disk.

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This feature can come in pretty handy when something goes wrong with your Windows 7 install. You can use the system image to completely restore Windows 7.

In addition to that you can also create a system repair disc that can be used to repair your PC in case something goes wrong.

To create a system image go to Start and type Getting Started, click on it and select “Back up your files”. In the new window that opens up you can start creating a system image by clicking on the link in the left hand side menu.

Backup & Restore Wireless Settings in Windows 7

Quite sometime back we had told you about Net Profiles a network that allow you to port your network settings and connect to multiple networks without putting in much efforts.

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But the beauty of is not just its looks, it has tons of features which eliminates the need for additional software. One such area is the ability to and export your wireless settings and re-import it again on the same PC or a different one.

This feature can definitely come in handy when you use Wireless protection and use a WEP or WAP key for it.

Also Read: Retrieve your secure Wireless WEP/WAP keys

The How-to-Geek blog has a step by step tutorial that will allow you to export your wireless settings and keys and use it on another computer. In the tutorial you will learn to save your Wireless key and restore it on the same computer or on a different one.

Pretty simple and easy, one more reason to love Windows 7.

Easily Backup & Import Your Wireless Network Settings in Windows 7 [How-to-Geek]

Backup and Restore USB Drives

Those tiny little things called USB Drives, Flash Drives, Jump drives or whatever else you call it can easily get corrupted due to wear and tear, agreed that it adds convenience to carry around data, but what if it gets corrupted and you lose important files?

If you were thinking like we were, you are right, taking regular can definitely help to keep your data safe and secure no matter what storage device you are using.

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USB Image tool is a tool for USB drives that will let you create backup images of the entire drive and restore them at a later date.

Image files are basically exact replica of a drive that is used by various backup softwares to backup and restore data, with the help of this tool you can create .img or .ima files that you can use anywhere.

Related: How to open/mount .img or .ima files.

Whenever you want to restore the files back to the same USB or another USB drive run the restore wizard and point to the file which you had earlier created as a backup and Image Tool will take care of restoring all your data back to the USB drive.

USB Image tool is a , no installation is required just unzip and start backing up.

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