Category Archives: Data Backup Procedures

Microsoft Discontinues OneDrive Unlimited Storage Plan

Microsoft Corporation announced on November second two thousand fifteen that they will be discontinuing their unlimited storage space OneDrive plan. This is to take effect in early two thousand sixteen. Microsoft claims that some users were storing up to seventy five terabytes of data.

This change affects all Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers. If this was in fact true, I have no idea why Microslop I mean Microsoft did not just cap data on those accounts that were egregious to their possible false advertising. Also, why advertise a service that is "unlimited" if you are then going to complain about a few users using more space than average.

Those previous "unlimited" plans now receive one terabyte of storage space. Also, Microsoft is going to discontinue their one hundred gigabyte and two hundred gigabyte data storage accounts. This company is going to replace both those services with a $1.99 per month fifty gigabyte storage plan.

Microsoft is going to limit their free OneDrive storage accounts from a current fifteen gigabyte of storage space to five gigabytes of storage space. Finally, this technology giant will discontinue their fifteen gigabyte camera storage plan as of early two thousand sixteen. Shockingly at least to me, Microsoft will offer prorated refunds if you decide that one terabyte of OneDrive space is not sufficient.

Also, if currently you are using more than one terabyte of cloud space, you will receive a notification message that stipulates you will have at least one year to move or remove that data. If you have more than five gigabytes of data with a free OneDrive account, you will be given at least a twelve month grace period to move or remove your data. If you need this storage space desperately enough, Microsoft is offering a free one year Office 365 personal subscription, redeemable via a credit card.

Dell DataSafe Restore and Emergency Backup – Restore Your Dell Pc

Today I will show you how to restore a Dell computer using their Dell DataSafe Restore and Emergency Backup tool. This procedure was used to successfully restore a Dell Inspiron 545 back to factory condition. Also, this tool was used to backup user data.

To begin with boot or reboot your computer and then press an F8 key after a Dell bios splash screen displays and windows attempts to boot. At an advanced boot menu, select "Repair Your Computer". You should see a "Windows is loading files" message.

At a "System Recovery Options" screen select a keyboard input method. If you live in the United States of America you can select a default of "US". Next, select choose administrator or an account with administrator rights in a username drop down list.

Type a password if applicable. At "Choose a recovery tool" you want to pick "Dell DataSafe Restore and Emergency Backup". You can select "Restore computer and preserve my new or changed files (recommended)".

Click Next to scan computer for changed files. In "Emergencey File & Folder Backup" check any file types you do not want backed up and restored. Click Next to proceed.

Select a destination folder for your emergency backup and click Next. A summary of files backed up is listed. Click Next to proceed.

Your data is now being backed up. Your files should be successfully backed up. Click Next to continue.

At "Restore my Computer", select "Yes, continue" and click Next. A new partition will be formatted automatically for you. Your system backup that you previously created, will be restored.

Dell DataSafe Restore and Emergency Backup

A "Recovery Completed" message should be displayed. Click on "Restart" to restart your computer. Microsoft Windows should now boot.

You may receive a chkdsk message. I recommend you allow a chkdsk scan to run. A "Setup is preparing your computer for first use" should be visible.

Look for a "Setup Windows" message. You can accept defaults and click Next. Type a username for your new installation of Microsoft Windows.

Also, you can change a computer name here instead of an automatically created one. You can set a password here which is highly recommended. You must retype your password a second time if you set a password.

A password hint is also required if you set a password. Click Next to proceed. You must accept both license terms.

Click Next to continue. At select windows updates you can use a default "Use recommended settings". When it asks you to "Review date and time settings" select your computer's current location timezone ie. Mountain if you live in Mountain time zone.

Windows will now finalize your settings. You can accept defaults at a Dell Support Software Screen and personalized settings screen. Finally, click finish to completely back up your important files and restore your Dell computer to factory settings.

Data Recovery Professional – Is Your Dell Hard Drive Failing?

You have Windows XP Home with service pack 3 running on a Dell tower since 2007. Operating system will not boot up due to "Unmountable_boot_volume" error. When attempting to boot up in safe mode using original Windows XP service pack 1 CD a same error appears including a following message ***STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8B047C30, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).

Where can you get help in recovering from this error? You cannot boot system in safe mode even with original Microsoft CD. If you haven't already, can you check and even reseat the IDE cable that is connecting your hard drive to your motherboard.

Are you able to boot into Recovery Console off that Windows XP CD? You can try booting into "Enable VGA mode" via that F8 advanced boot options menu. If successfully boots into a Windows desktop, then you can remove video drivers in "Add/Remove" programs.

Reboot your computer and if it boots normally you can then reinstall video drivers. You can try to boot into Recovery Console off your Windows XP CD. From there I can walk you through some steps to resolve your issue.

If you press F12 as soon you power on that computer a boot menu should open, where you can choose your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive to boot from. There could be a hardware problem with that hard drive. If it was just corrupt Windows files Recovery Console would normally work.

You can boot back into that F12 menu and look for a "Diagnostics" option. There should be some tests you can run to test your hard drive. You have a failing hard drive with most likely a hardware problem.

I recommend taking it to a data recovery place or computer repair shop to see if they can get any data off of it. I think your computer is probably fine, you just have a failing hard drive. I would recommend taking it to a place that offers free shipping or no charge unless they can get data recovered.

I would take it to a place that specializes in data recovery if your serious about getting any data recovered. You can contact Dell at 1-800-WWW-DELL or visit this Dell hard drive data recovery web page.

Backup and Recovery Solution – How to Fix Skipped Files Error

When you back up your computer, you're having trouble with a skipped file that is not even there, so you have been getting an error message. A message that you get is this C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011. "Error: the system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)".

How do you get rid of this problem so your back up of files can go smoother. Because of that error message you have not had a real good backup on your computer. At times you've had to go to a Gateway backup and did not have any trouble.

Please download and install free CCleaner after running malwarebytes. Use CCleaner for cleaning your PC and registry cleaning. You may need to run both clean and registry scans more then once.

You can try to perform a backup after using CCleaner. Items in a Microsoft windows registry and or files as well as folders that were not removed properly, may have contributed to this problem.

Freeze Hard Drive – What to do if Your Hard Drive is Failing

Your computer won't reboot and you have tried several times. Windows won't boot properly? What exactly happens when it tries to boot up?

I would try using that computer's factory restore option if it has one. It might have a repair option. Also, you can try reseating that hard drive if it's a laptop.

You can try taking a hard drive out of that laptop and then reinserting to see if it will boot. It's most likely a faling hard drive then. You might be able to fix bad sectors on it long enough to get data off of it.

You would need a Windows XP CD or a hirens boot type CD to run a program that would fix bad sectors. Hard drives do fail. Usually there are warning signs and symptoms, but this is not always a case.

Have you tried putting that drive in a ziplock bag and freezing it for at least an hour? I've done it before and it works sometimes. It might allow Windows to run for around twenty minutes or so so that you can get data off of it.

It's not recommended to freeze your hard drive if you plan on taking it to a data recovery company as it can further damage that drive.

Data Recovery Backup – Are You Looking For Data Backup Options?

Backing up your important files on your computer is essential in case of an unforeseen event. Your computer hard drive could start failing without warning. There are numerous options available for you to backup your data to.

Compact Disc Rewriteable, Digital Versatile Disc - Rewriteable, Digital Versatile Disc + Rewriteable , Blu-Ray disc, external hard drives, flash and thumb drives are popular devices to backup data to. Network storage such as Storage Area Network, Network Attached Storage, mapped network drive, Universal Naming Convention path, cloud technology, etc are some network options. Small Computer System Interface, Integrated Driver Electronics, Serial AT Attachment, Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface, Solid State Drive hard drives are also used.

Tape drives, PC Card, Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, and File Transfer Protocal, Secure File Transfer Protocal, FTPS online storage providers round out a list of common data backup solutions. There can be caveats with each backup technology. Also, some options are more beneficial depending on whether user data is for personal or business use.

Fundamentally, each type of data backup technology is valuable during a crisis. Quickly back up your documents, photos, emails, music, movies, applications, and your entire system. Easily and quickly restore your important data.

Don't wait before it is too late to easily create a data recovery backup. Whichever option you choose, if you don't start backing up your data now, then when you do loose your data, you would have wished you did.

External Hard Drive Backup – How to Get Your Simpletech Working

You have an older version of SimpleTech external hard drive. It has recently stopped working. It turns on and you can hear it connect to your computer, however, you cannot use it to back up you files, nor can you access anything that's on it through windows explorer.

Is it dead, you ask? Or can it be revived? Your set up to do an automatic back up through Norton.

Every time you try to run back up, a screen says its "starting" for 15-30 minutes, then tells you it cannot find a disk. Meanwhile, both red and blue lights are on your simpletech. You haven't done anything other than try to run back up and now contacting for support.

If you haven't already try to hook up your external hard drive to a different USB port on your computer. In Windows, check if your drive shows in "Disk Management". To get to disk management, right click "My Computer" and choose "Manage".

Disk management is on the left under "Storage". On bottom half of a screen you will see listings like Disk 0. An external drive would show as a disk other than 0.

Generally, disk 1 or 2, but that can change depending on what else is installed on your system. If your drive is listed and has a drive letter assigned, minimize this window and check in "My Computer" for that letter. If it is there, that is your external drive.

If a letter is not there or is assigned to another drive, like a network drive, you will need to manually set a drive letter. Bring disk management back up and right click on a capacity of your drive. Choose "Change Drive Letter and Path".

Choose "Change" and select an available letter from a drop box. Once assigned a drive should be in "My Computer" with a letter you have selected. If that drive is listed as "Unknown" or "Unallocated" then that drive is not properly formatted for use with this computer.

If your drive was used with a Mac or another non Windows device it may be using an incompatible format. This can be changed, but a process will erase all data on that drive. If a drive shows "Unknown", right click on a word "Unknown" and choose "Initialize".

Click through accepting some defaults. Your drive should now be labeled "Unallocated". If that drive shows as "Unallocated", right click on a word "Unallocated" and choose "New Simple Volume".

Keep clicking next, accepting default settings, until you get to finish. Clicking finish will begin a format process. A format will generally take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on drive size.

When a format is complete your drive will be under "My Computer" labeled "New Volume". You can right click on that drive and choose rename if you would like a different label.

Essential WD – Get Your WD Passport Essential HDD Configured

Why does your computer not recognize your Western Digital passport essential hard drive? First you will need to connect your external hard drive to your computer. Then you will need to partition and format your external hard drive.

A how to install, partition, and format a WD drive on Windows Vista article from Western Digital support has some steps required. Click on a "Windows Vista" link to get correct instructions for Vista. Once properly partitioned and formated, you will be able to access your external hard drive.

Essential WD

Windows Data Transfer – How to Transfer Data on a Corrupt PC

You have a computer running Windows XP. You want to transfer all your files to an external drive to allow an upgrade to Windows 7. This machine won't connect anymore to a network with another machine and won't go online and it will not recognize either a thumb drive nor an external drive both of which are USB items.

However, a mouse and keyboard are both USB items also and they both work. This started all at once and you have checked out both a thumb drive and an external drive which work on all those other machines. If there isn't a reasonable fix for this problem, you can swap hard drives with another reserve machine.

What is best way to handle this issue you ask? If your just trying to get your data off that computer then try booting it into Windows safe mode. You can also try booting it into "Safe mode with networking support" if you need network access.

Windows Data Transfer

Try removing any unnecessary USB devices when you boot it into safe mode. Try one device at a time ie. your thumb drive first and then your external drive. Hopefully, in safe mode you will be able to copy data over to your external drive.

You can also try selecting "Last known good configuration" from Windows safe mode advanced options menu. That may fix your problems. These instructions were written for a Compac Evo running Windows XP.

Quicken Restore – How to Restore Quicken Data From Old Version

You backed up your quicken 2000 on Windows 98 second edition and tried to restore it to new Quicken 2010 Deluxe on Windows XP. Quicken 2005 was on that XP computer and you removed that software. 2010 shows QDATA BACKUP-1.1.06QDF.

An ERROR message appears saying Authentication of convert-stub.dll failed because it could not find required file. Please reinstall Quicken to convert your data file. Reinstallation does not help.

Now what do you do? You can first try to update your version of Quicken 2010. Go to a Help menu in Quicken and have that program download and install any updates.

Quicken Restore

Also, you might need to perform some file cleanup ie. delete duplicates in memorized transaction list if thats necessary. Another option would be to remove Quicken 2010 Deluxe and then reinstall your version of Quicken 2005 if possible. Then try to convert that backup data into a 2005 version.

If successful you would then create another backup using Quicken 2005. Obviously you would save that backup and reinstall Quicken 2010 deluxe and try to restore that backup data from a Quicken 2005 backup file. Can you try to make sure all files of your old data set QDF, QEL, QPH, etc. are copied to that folder where your Quicken installation expects final files to become located.

Then double click on that .qdf file. Quicken should launch and offer to convert that data. You could also download an intermediate trial copy of Quicken in order to just convert a backup that will be recognised by Quicken 2010.

I found trial versions for Quicken 2001, 2002, and 2008 via some following links. Quicken allows downloads of older trials for this purpose.

Quicken 1999, 2000 and 2003 trials

Quicken 2008 Trials