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students:backing_up_data [2014/06/26 10:15]
abrashear Added information on File History vs Google Drive
students:backing_up_data [2018/08/03 09:45] (current)
abrashear [Backing Up Files] Solidify File History as recommended method.
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 ====== Backing Up Files ====== ====== Backing Up Files ======
-Backing up your files is a crucial part not only of being a student at La Salle High School, but of being a computer user. There are two types of people in the world: those who have lost data, and those who will. Keeping regular backups of all important data will minimize ​the pain of data loss, and done properly and thoroughly can eliminate it entirely.+Backing up your files is a crucial part of being a computer user. There are two types of people in the world: those who have lost data, and those who will. Keeping regular backups of all important data will eliminate ​the pain of data loss.
  
-There are several ways of backing up files on your tablet. The two methods ​recommended by the Help Desk are Google Drive and File History ​(Windows 8.1 only). These are compared below. In addition to these two methods ​you can also use Microsoft SyncToy or copy files manually+There are several ways of backing up files on your tablet. The method ​recommended by the Help Desk is to use File History. In a pinch, ​you can also copy files manually or use Google Drive.
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-===== Google Drive versus File History ===== +
-**Strengths of Google Drive** +
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-  * When setup properly, automatically synchronizes your files with your Google Drive online. Any changes are immediately uploaded to the Internet when a connection is available. +
-  * Restoring your files to another computer is as easy as logging in to Google Drive on the new computer. +
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-**Drawbacks of Google Drive** +
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-  * Requires an Internet connection to synchronize files. +
-  * If you have large files, they will take a long time to synchronize with the web. Here at school it may be relatively fast, but at home this will be slower. +
-  * Only the most recent version of your files is saved. If a file becomes corrupted, the corrupt version will immediately be uploaded to the Internet just like any other file. +
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-**Strengths of File History** +
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-  * Setup is easier than Google Drive. +
-  * Once setup, it will automatically backup your files to a storage device whenever it is available on a regular schedule (such as every hour). +
-  * File History keeps old versions of your files. If a file gets corrupted ​or deleted, it is easy to select an older version to restore. +
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-**Drawbacks of File History** +
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-  * Requires an SD card (recommended) or flash drive to save data to. You cannot ​use File History without one. +
-  * If the device you're saving to becomes full, you will have to delete some of your older backups in order for new backups to occur. +
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-To make things simple, if you have an SD card, you //​probably//​ want to use File History. Otherwise, ​Google Drive is the best option. +
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-===== How to Backup Your Files with Google Drive ===== +
-See [[:​google_drive|Google Drive]] for a guide on redirecting your documents folders to Google Drive. This is the easiest method of backing up your data and will automatically keep your documents safe online. +
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-If you prefer to use [[https://​db.tt/​21Mxm3Y|Dropbox]],​ you can use the guide for Google Drive to redirect your folders to your Dropbox instead.+
  
 ===== How to Backup Your Files with File History ===== ===== How to Backup Your Files with File History =====
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 **Copy Your Profile Folders to Your Destination** **Copy Your Profile Folders to Your Destination**
-  - Open the Start Orb or press the Windows Key. +  - Move the Flash Drive window to the right side of your screen. 
-  - Click your name in the Start Menu. This will open your profile folder+  - Open another copy of explorer by pressing ​Windows Key + E
-  - Move this window to the left side of your screen. +  - In the address bar, type ''​%userprofile%''​ and press ENTER
-    Tip: You can dock a window to the left side of your screen by holding the Windows ​key and pressing ​the left arrow on your keyboard. +  - Once you are viewing your personal folder, move that window to the left side of your screen. 
-  - Select all of the items in the folder. ​ +  Hold down the CTRL key and select ​the following folders by clicking ​on them: 
-    * Tip: You can quickly do this by holding CTRL and hitting A on the keyboard. ​ +    * Desktop 
-  - Click on one of the selected ​folders ​and drag it over to your destination ​folder on the right side of the screenPress and hold down the CTRL key, then release the mouse over the destination.+    * My Documents 
 +    * My Music 
 +    * My Pictures 
 +    * My Videos 
 +  - Click and drag the folders over into the "​Tablet Data" ​folder on the right. ​Hold down CTRL before you release the mouse to ensure ​the folders are copied and not moved or linked
   - Wait while the files are copied.   - Wait while the files are copied.
   - Once the copy is complete you may close the Windows and eject your destination media.   - Once the copy is complete you may close the Windows and eject your destination media.
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-==== Video Guide ==== 
-{{video_guides:​back_up_data.webm|Manual Backup Guide}} 
  
 ==== Restoring Files ==== ==== Restoring Files ====
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 **Prepare Your Destination** **Prepare Your Destination**
-  - Open the Start Orb or press the Windows Key. +  - Open another copy of explorer by pressing ​Windows Key + E
-  - Click your name in the Start Menu. This will open your profile folder+  - In the address bar, type ''​%userprofile%''​ and press ENTER
-  - Move this window to the right side of your screen. +  - Once you are viewing your personal folder, move that window to the left side of your screen. 
-    Tip: You can dock a window to the right side of your screen by holding the Windows ​key and pressing ​the right arrow on your keyboard.+  Hold down the CTRL key and select ​the following folders by clicking ​on them: 
 +    * Desktop 
 +    * My Documents 
 +    * My Music 
 +    * My Pictures 
 +    * My Videos
  
 **Copy Your Profile Folders from Your Flash Drive** **Copy Your Profile Folders from Your Flash Drive**
   - Open your flash drive or other storage media.   - Open your flash drive or other storage media.
-  - Move this window to the left side of your screen. +  - Move this window to the right side of your screen. 
-    - Tip: You can dock a window to the left side of your screen by holding the Windows key and pressing the left arrow on your keyboard.+    - Tip: You can dock a window to the right side of your screen by holding the Windows key and pressing the left arrow on your keyboard.
   - Select all of your profile folders you'd like to restore.   - Select all of your profile folders you'd like to restore.
-  - Click and drag your profile folders from your flash drive on the left to your Windows profile on the right.+  - Click and drag your profile folders from your flash drive on the right to your Windows profile on the left.
   - When you are prompted if you want to merge the folder, check the box saying to do this for all items, and hit OK.   - When you are prompted if you want to merge the folder, check the box saying to do this for all items, and hit OK.
   - If you are prompted about conflicting files, go ahead and overwrite them (this should be the top option).   - If you are prompted about conflicting files, go ahead and overwrite them (this should be the top option).
   - When the file copy is complete, you've successfully restored your files from backup.   - When the file copy is complete, you've successfully restored your files from backup.
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-=== Video Guide === 
-{{video_guides:​restore_data.webm|Manual Restore Guide}} 
  
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