Microsofts One Drive – Use It For Backing Up

One Drive – the Cloud Storage feature which is part of Windows 10 is a great service now that more people should be taking advantage of.

Microsoft give you 5GB of cloud storage for free with One Drive , however if you have an Office 365 account, you get a terabyte of online storage with your subscription.

This is enough to backup most computers.

So why use One Drive:

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Chewing Up Data On Windows 10 – This May Slow It Down

Many people use portable wifi / internet solutions which can come with plans as low as 3GB of data. If you are on a Windows 10 computer you may find you are going through your data rapidly. There are usually 2 solutions to this : Change the settings for your internet connection to a metered one – Click Here For Details Turn off One Drive – Click Here For Details

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Photo Questions – Import & Backup

I am constantly asked questions about photos and devices ( cameras , smartphones , tablets ) , so here are the top questions I am asked. How do I import photos in Windows ? When you plug in your device , Windows should see your device and give you options to import. This should work with smartphones / tablets – Apple devices – Android devices along with cameras that you plug in. I have always found that ” Import pictures and videos using Windows ” is the best but depending on the software you will be given several options. You also get the option to tag and import into a folder that you can designate. When you have decided on the location and details just hit the import button. If you open up ” Autoplay ” in the Control Panel you can designate the default import software such as ”… Read More

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Back Up Your Photos From Your Smartphone – Tablet

Do not lose your photos that you have taken on your smartphone or tablet – back them up to the internet. There are enough apps available to ensure that this can occur , you just have to turn them on. iPhones or iPads  Turn on iCloud – 5 GB of space for free  Install Dropbox App ( sign up for an account ) – 2GB of space for free  Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) – 30GB of space  Install the Google + App ( you need a Google account )  Android Install the Google + App ( you need a Google account )  Install Dropbox App ( sign up for an account ) – 2GB of space for free  Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) – 30GB of space  Android Instructions:Back up photos from a mobile device Windows Install OneDrive App… Read More

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What Did I Discuss On Radio – W/C 27th Oct – Updated

Should You Be Using Your Computer In An Electrical Storm It’s long been known that frequent electrical storms and power outages can damage electronic devices. The real danger of blackouts is the unexpected computer shutdown. Operating systems must go through a “shutdown sequence” to make sure all running processes have correctly terminated before powering off. A sudden loss of electricity can interrupt important threads and leave your computer in an inoperable state. Frequent power outages can reduce a hard drive’s physical lifespan. The read-and-write head, which hovers over the spinning platters during operation, snaps back into its original position upon power loss. This sudden movement can cause tiny imperfections that accumulate over time, increasing the likelihood of a “head crash”: a malfunction that occurs when the head touches and scrapes the platter surfaces, effectively destroying the hard drive. What Can You Do ? The only foolproof way to protect your… Read More

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Cloud Storage – Lots Of Options & Lots Of Space

Looking to store your files in the cloud , there are many services for this with free space before you would have to upgrade and pay for more space. Dropbox – 2Gb free One Drive – 15Gb free – 1TB with Office 365 soon  Google Drive – 15Gb free Copy – 15Gb free Box – 10Gb free  There are also upgrade options for referrals or for buying certain products and activating the app services for those devices , such as Android devices ( Nexus & Chrome books ) , Surface tablets and selected smartphones. There are also apps for your smartphones and tablets so you can access all your files while on the go.   Lots of storage but make sure you make note of your user names and passwords or use a password manager.

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