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One copy of a file is the same as having none — because that is what you could have at almost any moment. In fact, two copies is sketchy for a couple of reasons. Reason one is that, while on-site backup to a home server is excellent when it comes to restoration because it is the fastest way to get back up and running, it does not protect you in the event of a disaster such as a flood, fire or tornado.

That is where the second backup comes in. The cloud, as it is known today, is a great storage solution that can house files safely away from your home.


While many, most in fact, use Windows to run our computers, few have yet made the leap to Windows Phone for our mobile life. In fact, Android largely dominates the mobile market, though Windows Phone is slowly gaining steam. Thankfully, there are a number of apps designed to bring the two services together. Over the next few weeks I plan to take a look at several of the more useful ones.

However, I wanted to get started with what is perhaps the most important one. I say that because this provides an essential service — the ability to backup your precious data in case something goes horribly wrong with the phone or tablet or, in the event one is lost or stolen.


I’ve been using Bvckup beta for well over a year now and it’s about time it received some recognition for reliably sorting out my backups without ever getting in the way. I mean, what more could you want from a backup utility? That it is fast maybe? Check. Perhaps that it is minimal and easy to set up? Check. Maybe that it does not use a proprietary file format for backups? Yep, got that too.

Bvckup differs from other backup applications, It makes sure that whichever folder you choose to back up is always exactly duplicated to the folder that you are backing up to. Ok, no big deal you say. Well what about if we throw in a Delta copying algorithm that makes backups super fast? And how about real-time folder monitoring, scheduled backups and manual backups all in one app?

Read on to find out more about this cool little application. (more…)

Our sponsor this week is @MAX SyncUp, a great tool that helps you back up your data. It allows you to create backups or synchronize your files to lots of places, including your Google Drive cloud storage.

Losing data is a heart rending affair but being on top of your data isn’t a cake walk either. Just figuring out which parts of your data need to be updated is tedious.

This is where @MAX SyncUp comes in. You can create incremental backups that allow saving and recovering file versions. Backups may be saved as locally as well as in the Internet on the FTP-servers or to Google Drive as well.

You can also execute bi-directional synchronization of a PC with a laptop or android-smartphone. It may be started manually, scheduled or in according with specified events as change of files or when connecting an external drive — a nifty feature to have.

Speaking of nifty features, you can set up non-standard synchronization with Google Drive, e.g., for several folders or several accounts, update a web site using FTP or compare and synchronize two folders in a few clicks. The app has numerous options for nice setting and it’s small-sized and has fairly low system requirements.

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If @MAX SyncUp sounds like just what you’re looking for, then there’s no need to wait. You can download a free trial directly from Max software and check it out. And if you’re ready to buy a copy, you can purchase it directly at a massive 50% discount, a special offers for our dead readers, by clicking here.

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You hear a lot about file synchronization tools, but why might you want to sync your files? There are many reasons, but two are particularly useful – backing up files and making it easier to move files between computers using a removable UBS drive.

Manually syncing files can be a nightmare, especially if you are working on more than one computer. FreeFileSync does all of the hard work for you, so you can quickly compare the contents of  two folders and copy files in either direction to ensure they are identical.


It is very hard to place a value on your hard drive. The drive itself may not be all that valuable, but it is likely that many of the files you have stored on it are irreplaceable and completely priceless.

If you can’t imagine living without your digital photograph collection or losing the years of work you have stored on your computer, you need a backup plan. CrashPlan is a free backup tool that could be just what you have been looking for.


Gmail is the most popular free email provider and many of us are dependent on Google’s mail service. Whether you want a backup for just-in-case reasons, or you want to move your existing messages to another Gmail account, Gmvault is the program for you.

Let’s see just how easy it is to back up and restore your Gmail account with Gmvault.


Think about everything stored on your computer right now. Photos of special moments, that great vacation, or the last time you saw a friend, copies of the project that you’re working on for months or the paper you’re writing. Financial and tax records.

What happens if something happens to your computer and all that was lost? Let’s take a look at how to avoid all that tears and heart ache with CrashPlan!


Reinstalling Windows was once a regular part of being a Windows user. With newer versions of Windows, the frequency of a complete reinstall decreased greatly. While reinstalling Windows leaves you with a clean slate, it also removes the setting for Windows you’ve customized along with the settings for your programs. Your documents and files also must be stored and restored once you finish the reinstall.

Thankfully, Windows 7 comes with two tools that will allow you to reinstall your computer without losing the settings for your applications and system.


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway last week, and special thanks to the kind people at CloudBerry Labs. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:


Congratulations to the lucky winners — we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!


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