All is again well for Mirco Wilhelm, who earlier this week lost 4,000 images uploaded to Flickr over the course of five years when a Flickr employee inadvertently deleted his account, the LA Times reports. During an email exchange, Wilhelm was told that the staff member "mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted" his. The staffer offered to restore his account, but said his photos were unrecoverable.
Three hours later, a followup email let Wilhelm know Flickr's IT team was working to bring his photos back from the digital grave, but Wilhelm's bigger concern was losing "5 years of community membership, contact, comments, internal and external links to my photos," all of which are hard to backup locally.
In the end, the Yahoo-owned photo sharing site managed to fully restore Wilhelm's account as it was before the accidental deletion and promised to "soon roll out functionality that will allow [Flickr] to restore deleted accounts more easily in the future."
MozyHome subscribers woke up to a rather disappointing email this week in which they were informed that their unlimited data backup cap is changing to a tiered service that could potentially cost them much more.
"Thanks for being a valued Mozy subscriber," the letter begins. "For the first time since 2006, we're adjusting the price of our MozyHome service and wanted to give you a heads-up. As part of this change, we're replacing our MozyHome Unlimited backup plan and introducing the following tiered storage plans:
50GB for $5.99 per month (includes backup for one computer) and 125GB for $9.99 per month (includes backup for up to three computers). You may add additional computers (up to five in total) or 20GB increments of storage to either of the plans, each for a monthly cost of $2.00."
Mozy says it was forced to make the change because of a "growing shift in people's storage behavior," particularly higher resolution photos and videos courtesy of inexpensive video capture devices.
Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.
More often than not you would find that people who have just had their laptop stolen appear more concerned about the precious data that went with it than the machine itself.
If you have ever consoled someone mourning the loss of their laptop and the data it housed, or have yourself been consoled by someone, you would know that the sympathetic monologue at some point veers into a sermon on the advantages of backing up data and deploying anti-theft measures.
"I am very happy. This story makes me feel hope for humanity,” the unnamed professor told a Swedish newspaper. "It is my life. I have documented everything in it that has happened in the last 10 years and beyond."
For those of you who tend to a take a boatload of photos everywhere you go, Memorex has come up with an external backup solution specifically for you. Dubbed "Mirror for Photos," it's basically a glorified external hard drive that zeros in (not zeros out) your snapshots and backs them up automagically.
"As people’s digital libraries continue to grow, they understand how critical it is to preserve those moments, yet are often intimidated with the notion of backing up," said Jess Walton, Memorex brand manager. "Mirror for Photos provides even non tech-savvy users with a quick, simple and maintenance-free method for backing up and protecting precious memories."
In other words, it's a backup solution you can give your mother and have realistic expectations that she'll actually be able to use it. The device is USB powered and comes in 320GB ($80), 500GB ($100), and 640GB ($120) capacities and is available at...Toys R Us. Award yourself a million geek points if you would have guessed that one.
We're already smitten with Dropbox, the cloud-based backup software that makes easy work out of synchronizing files across different locations and PCs, but now we're nothing short of love struck. With the release of Dropbox Anywhere for Android, iPad, and BlackBerry, the developers have kicked things up a notch in a huge way.
"With the innovation and growth in mobile computing, the industry is shifting from a PC and desktop centric model to one where our daily computing experience spans multiple devices and locations," said Drew Houston, CEO and founder of Dropbox. "By providing seamless and ubiquitous access to users' files and media in the most popular phones and tablets, Dropbox Anywhere helps deliver on the promise of the new mobile model, and makes using these devices more productive and fun."
Dropbox was already available for the iPhone, and now users of other mobile OSes can access, manage, and share files from a variety of devices. It also includes developer capabilities so that Dropbox's file-access and syncing features can be baked directly into their mobile apps, the company said.
Dropbox for Android and iPad are available now, with the BlackBerry app expected to ship this summer.
In what's being described as an "industry first," Seagate has partnered with Paramount to preload a selection of 500GB FreeAgent Go ultra-portable hard drives with Paramount movies.
“Seagate and Paramount Pictures are delivering major motion pictures to consumers in a unique and innovative solution. For years Seagate hard drives have been powering the devices that allow consumers to enjoy their digital libraries. Today, we are simplifying content delivery by giving consumers the ultimate flexibility in how they enjoy their movies all in a convenient package,” said Dave Mosley, executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management, Seagate.
Consumers who pick up a specially marked FreeAgent Go package will be able to activate Star Trek (2009) for free. These FreeAgent drives will also come preloaded with 20 other movies that can be unlocked through the online purchase of a license key. Some of the bigger name titles include Beowulf, GI Joe, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
I have Windows Vista on my desktop computer and I’m stuck on what to do about backing up my more than 500GB of videos and music. I’ve read that external is the way to go, but I’m a little iffy because of expense and the fact that the backup drive can crash. DVDs are not a bad idea, but it takes forever to back up that much data. I use these files every day and want easy access to them. The most reliable method, plus easiest to access, would be an online site, but that costs a lot of money. Please help me make a decision so I can install Windows 7 worry-free.
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I followed Maximum PC’s “Clean Start” article (February 2009) and used Acronis True Image to set up a weekly full disk image. My XP Pro system is installed on C:, which is a 1.5 TB hard drive. I have another 1.5TB hard drive of the exact same make and model, to which I write the weekly image. I have 120GB of free space on the C: drive, but the backup drive is already full!
The destination drive contains no files except the image; is it possible for an exact image of a C: drive to be bigger than the original (by more than 10 percent)? Yes, I selected “incremental” as backup method.
Comcast has announced a new online backup system will be made available to their customers. The so called Secure Backup and Share system is being offered in partnership with Mozy online backup. Existing customers can get 2GB of space for free. There are also paid versions with 50GB and 200GB of space.
The price isn’t bad actually, and we can’t argue with the free 2GB of space. Though, we still think Dropbox is a better solution for 2GB of free space. Assuming you needed 200GB of online storage, how would Comcast handle that? Comcast customers are limited to 250GB total bandwidth each month. Anyone actually using that space runs the risk of going over the bandwidth cap. Not to mention mass uploading/downloading of data could trigger speed throttling.
While they could just not count the Mozy data toward caps, that would, in fact, be a non-neutral network practice. They would essentially be treating their backup service’s data preferentially.
It seems that Comcast may be forgetting that they claimed these network management techniques were necessary for the stability of the network. They did it for all our good, right? Now here they are promoting a really good way to hit those data caps. Makes you feel like the whole data cap thing is a bad idea, eh Comcast?