5 practical ways to backup your data

Backing up your files is one of the most important jobs especially on laptops or tablets which are more prone to damage or theft compared to desktops PC. Your hard drive might crash after your laptop fall from table or thieves might steal your laptop at a café. Your work can lost if you have a back-up copy. Here I have 5 practical way to backup your data and you can do it yourself (DIY).

Optical disks
Optical disks have a storage capacity of up to 50GB (Blu-ray) and normal DVD (4.4GB). This is the cheapest way to backup your data. But the computers start moving to smaller and thinner such as ultrabook and tablet PC, slowly optical drive become unpopular and is predicted no longer used in the future, same situation happened to floppy disk.

Flash drive/ thumb drive
Very popular when I studied in college till now. It is known as USB stick, thumb drives are the best alternative to store your data. If you are very effective and well manage person, you can store every thumbs drive you have with different category and usage. But the problem with thumb drives is the devices is too small and very portable and can easily missing in your pocket or on the desk. Thumb drives suitable to store data temporarily and move data from one computer to another computer.

External hard drive
The most effective way to backup your data is in external hard drives. Transfer data to external hard drives much faster using certain software than optical disks and also reliable. Now the external hard drives have capacity more than 1 Terabytes (TB). So, it is possible to you to backup all your data in your laptop or computer. But the problem with external drives is they can easily damaged by physical shock.

External Solid State Drive (SSD)
SSDs have same functionality hard drives, but SSDs have durability same as thumb drive. But so far, nobody use SSDs as a backup storage because they are so expensive compared to hard drives with the same capacity. Available capacity up to 256GB.

Cloud storage
Storing data in the cloud is the most convenient way to backup but you must have internet access in order to do so. The price of cloud services depend on capacity and features. They give free sign-up with small capacity and limited functions. Suitable for small files backup and not suitable for backup confidential files.

You also can store data in SD cards but I’m not suggesting doing so because data can easily damage when transferring data from SD card to computer or vice versa if you are using poor quality of memory card reader. I have experiences where a few of my pictures in smartphone damaged after transfer to computer.

How to delete saved form data in your browser

Did you face the situation where your form data is saved by browser? Can we remove the saved form data especially after we done browsing on shared computer such as in cybercafe or friend’s computer?

Example of saved form data

Example of saved form data

What if the saved form data is your credit card number and username id? Now you scared right? Haha.OK. Here I show you how to remove the saved form data in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

So far, this method can use both browsers. Here few steps what you need to do:

  1. Navigate browser to the form containing the field that has a saved value that you want to delete.
  1. Click on the text field to that your cursor is in the text field with the value you want to delete.Press the down arrow on your keyboard until the value is highlighted.
  2. Press Shift+Delete together and the value will be removed from the saved form history.

You safe now. Then, if you’re owner of the computer, of course you don’t want somebody stole your credit card number in saved form especially when you and your friends shared the computer. So, what you have to do is setting back your Firefox or Internet Explorer so that your form data will not saved anymore.

Internet Explorer
1.Tools->Internet Options->Content->AutoComplete
2.Click Settings. In this part, uncheck the checkbox ‘Forms’.

Internet Explorer settings to remove saved form data

Internet Explorer settings to remove saved form data

2.In History section, select dropdown list after ‘Firefox will’. The value we select is ‘Use custom settings for history’.
3.Uncheck the ‘Remember search and form’

You are recommended to use private browsing when you are browsing in cybercafe or using friend’s computer. Every browser got this features. The browser will not track you.

How to search email in gmail using advanced operators

Searching past email in thousand list of mail might be difficult. Let say your friends sent you email the address of his home last year, so how you gonna search in thousand list in gmail? There are two methods. One is you filter the mail such as filter by name, or titles. Another one is you can use Google advanced operators to query all the things in your mail list.

Advanced search operators are query words or symbols that perform special actions in Gmail search. These operators allow you to find what you’re looking for quickly and accurately. Some of the most useful operators are listed below. [Read more...]

How to delete or remove clipboard data/ contents

Sometimes, when we copy so much contents, this activity will affect the computer performance.  So, where is the copy data went to? In Windows XP, the system will save the contents that you copy in the some sort of memory called Clipboard. In Windows XP, it also called as Clipbook.  By opening this Clipboard, we can delete the contents to free our system memory resources. Here few steps to do so. [Read more...]

Benefit Windows 8′s File History gives back your previous version files

Backing up your data is an important task that most of us neglect to do. Windows has included backup software of some kind for a long time now, but few people actually use it, because they forget, or don’t understand it, or don’t know it’s there, or simply can’t be bothered.

Microsoft’s latest attempt to get Windows users to back up their files is Windows 8′s File History. File History is an automatic point-in-time backup system that periodically saves snapshots of your data to a separate location (either a network file share or a directly attached hard disk).

Every hour, by default, any modified data files get safely archived away, and there’s a reasonably simple user interface to browse all the different versions of a file or folder that the system has stored, and from there they can be opened or restored.
However, Windows 8 is not the first Windows version to include a file history feature. Since Windows Server 2003, Windows has had the ability to automatically store historic file versions, in a feature known as Shadow Copies. Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions) and Windows 7 (all versions) both include the same capability, calling it Previous Versions. [Read more...]