Google introduces a new Backup and Sync tool that replaces the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC…

July 12, 2017

With Google’s new “Backup and Sync” tool you can sync some or all your files and folders on your computer to Google Drive.; AND, you can (also) sync files and folders in Google Drive to your computer for offline use. To download and learn how to use the new tool — CLICK HERE

Backup and Sync is an app for Mac and PC that backs up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos, so they’re no longer trapped on your computer and other devices. Just choose the folders you want to back up, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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SOURCE: Google Blog


Backup Your Files With FreeFileSync

April 6, 2012

Failing to backup your personal files is a disaster waiting to happen. To prevent this disaster from occurring get yourself a good external hard drive and use FreeFileSync to perform the backups.

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FreeFileSync is not intended to perform backups of your entire drive; instead it is designed to backup your personal files. For example, I use FreeFileSync to backup (and sync) my documents, pictures, music and video files to an external drive. There are two things I especially like about FreeFileSync:  1.)  It is easy to use and learn and 2.) You can run it as a portable app (i.e. from your flash drive).

FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization tool providing highly optimized performance and usability without needless user interface complexity.

Features:

  • Detect moved and renamed files and folders
  • Copy locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
  • Detect conflicts and propagate deletions
  • Binary comparison
  • Full support for Symbolic Links
  • Run as a batch job
  • Multiple folder pairs
  • Support very long path names > 260 characters
  • Transactional file copy
  • Cross-platform: Windows/Linux
  • Expand environment variables like %USERPROFILE%
  • Access variable drive letters by volume name (USB sticks)
  • Native 32 and 64-bit builds
  • Versioning of deleted files
  • Optimal sync sequence prevents disc space bottlenecks
  • Full unicode support
  • Highly optimized performance
  • Include/exclude files via filter
  • Local or portable installation
  • Handle daylight saving time changes on FAT/FAT32
  • Use macros %time%, %date%, et al. for recurring backups
  • Case sensitive synchronization
  • Built-in locking serializes multiple jobs running against the same network share

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FREE Software to Synchronize Files/Folders with Google Documents

February 3, 2012

I am currently using (and testing) a FREE Windows based software application called Kumosync that gives you the ability to synchronize files on your computer with Google docs (and vice versus).  So far, what I am seeing I like. Kumosync gives me another option to backup files on my PC to the cloud and make good use of my Google Docs Account.

Kumosync

After you install Kumosync, you will be prompted to sign into your Google Account.  After you sign in, go into the Kumosync settings by right clicking on the Kumosync tray icon.  From the settings you can setup what folder(s) you want the synchronization to occur and can even setup drive mapping.  Kumonsync can sync your files either manually or automatically (at prescribed time intervals).

As a precaution with any software of this type, until you become familiar with it, backup your files you intend to synchronize until you are comfortable with the software. Do not let this scare you from using Kumosync; I typically take this precaution with any software I install and use that involves any of my personal files.

KumoSync™ is a Windows application used to synchronize local windows and files/folders with Google Documents. You can sync ANY document/file format.

KumoSync will automatically track your changes in Google Documents and your local Windows file system. It will synchronize these changes automatically on a regular interval allowing you to access your files on your computer, the Google Documents “Cloud” and other devices that can also access Google Documents.

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A FREE Desktop Reminder Utility for Google Calendar

December 19, 2010

As I continue to experiment with the various cloud based applications that are available through Google, I recently began using Google Calendar to schedule the events in my life. I have used (and tested) numerous personal information managers and must say if you are looking for a way to manage your life events, on the cheap, then consider Google Calendar as an option.

There are many ways to sync your Google Calendar with apps that are available, say for mobile phones, but there really is not much I could find that allows me to sync my Google Calendar straight away from my computer’s desktop. In other words I was looking for something, hopefully a portable app, that I could use offline to add or delete events; however, when I went back online, my events would automatically become synced with my Google Calendar. I also like the idea of having an offline app that would serve as a backup to my calendar in the event the Google service or my account suddenly went south.

One app that I found, that works very nicely and meets the criteria l had set forth of being FREE, PORTABLE, with SYNCHRONIZATION features is a small application called GMinder.

GMinder

GMinder is a reminder program that waits in your system tray and alerts you when you have an upcoming Google Calendar event. GMinder supports multiple calendars and allows you to configure how you want to be alerted. Since it downloads your events, it works offline and enables you to preview your agenda of events. New events can be added to your Google Calendars using a Quick Add feature.

I am still testing GMinder and found that it is really a nice utility that really serves a good purpose; however, my only concern at this point is whether the development cycle of GMinder is continuing or not. The last release was July 2009.  Irregardless, at the moment, it is working for me and serves a real purpose.

If you are aware of any FREE apps out there that will sync with Google Calendar, let us know by leaving a comment below.  As always, to my readers, thank you and comment often.  I love hearing from you!

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Use Your Google Account to Sync Your Chrome Bookmarks

May 20, 2010

If you currently have a Google account and you use the Google Chrome browser, did you know you can activate an option in Chrome that will, in essence, store (and backup) your bookmarks online? As a matter of fact, those stored bookmarks will show up in Google Docs, making your bookmarks available anywhere that you have internet access. I typically get to Google Docs though my Gmail account. When I open Gmail you will see “Documents” at the top left corner of the screen, just above the GMail logo. The “cool factor” to this feature in Google Chrome is that once you activate the bookmark sync option on each computer that you have Chrome installed, your bookmarks are automatically kept up to date on each computer. Of course you have to activate (turn on) the sync option in Chrome on each computer that you have Chrome installed.

For example, I use Google Chrome on (3)-three different computers (that I own). I have the bookmark sync feature turned “on”, in Google Chrome, at each of those computers. As a result, my bookmarks are automatically (and instantly) kept up to date (the same) on each computer (when any bookmarks are added, deleted or changed). In cases where I am using another computer (like my work computer) and I need to get to my bookmarks, I log into my GMail account and go to Google Docs to get to my bookmarks.

So how do you activate this feature in Google Chrome:

To enable bookmark sync, follow these steps on each computer that you’ll be using to access your bookmarks:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Tools menu tools menu.
  3. Select Synchronize my bookmarks.
  4. Sign in to your Google Account in the dialog that appears. (Don’t have an account? Learn how to create one)
  5. If you’ve already enabled the sync feature on another computer, you’ll see a prompt asking you to confirm that your different sets of bookmarks should be merged together. Click Merge and sync to finish the syncing process.
  6. Click OK.

You can enable sync on as many computers as you’d like.

Video on How To Activate Bookmark Sync in Google Chrome

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A FREE and PORTABLE File Synchronization Tool

February 12, 2010

If you have been hedging on backing up your personal files because you do not understand the in’s and out’s of backup software, then take a look at FreeFileSync.

FreeFileSync is an open source application, that is FREE, that is available as a portable app, looks good, is fast, and just plain gets the job done.  This application is a good starting point for those who want to backup their computer files (such as documents, pictures, music, movies, etc…) without the heavy learning curve.  I currently use this software at my part-time job (with the IT Manager’s blessing) to backup the office data files (to a portable drive for off site storage) and also use it at home to backup my personal files to external drives.  The only way to learn how backup software works is to jump right in and play around with it.

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Key Features of FreeFileSync are:

  1. Compare files (bytewise or by date) and synchronize them.
  2. No limitations: An arbitrary number of files can be synchronized.
  3. Unicode support.
  4. Network support.
  5. Built-in support for very long filenames (more than MAX_PATH = 260 characters)
  6. Synchronization database for propagation of deleted files and conflict detection
  7. Support for multiple folder pairs with distinct configuration
  8. Full support for Windows/Linux Symbolic Links and Windows Junction Points.
  9. Lean & easily accessible UI: Highly optimized for speed and huge sets of data.
  10. Algorithms coded in C++ completely.
  11. All progress indicators optimized for maximum performance!
  12. Create Batch Jobs for automated synchronization with or without GUI.
  13. Focus on usability:
    1. Only necessary functionality on UI: no overloaded menus or icon jungle.
    2. Select all folders via drag & drop.
    3. Last used configuration and screen settings are saved automatically.
    4. Maintain and load different configurations by drag & drop, load-button or commandline.
    5. Double-click to start external application (e.g. show file in Windows Explorer)
    6. Copy & paste all grid data as text
    7. Delete superfluous/temporary files directly on main grid.
    8. Right-click context menu.
    9. Status information and error reporting
    10. Sort file-lists by name, size or date.
  1. Support for filesizes larger than 4 GB.
  2. Option to move files to Recycle Bin instead of deleting/overwriting them.
  3. Ignore directories “\RECYCLER” and “\System Volume Information” with default filter. (Windows only)
  4. Localized versions are available for many languages.
  5. Delete before copy: Avoid disc space shortages for large sync-jobs.
  6. Filter functionality to include/exclude files from synchronization (without requiring a re-compare!).
  7. Include/exclude specific files from synchronization temporarily.
  8. Create sync jobs via GUI to synchronize automatically (can be scheduled or executed via double-click).
  9. Handle daylight saving time changes on FAT/FAT32 volumes correctly.
  10. Portable version (.zip) available.
  11. Native 64-Bit version.
  12. Check for updates from within FreeFileSync automatically.
  13. Copy locked files using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service. (Windows only)
  14. Create regular backups with macros %time%, %date% within directory names
  15. Copy file and folder create/access/modification times when synchronizing

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#44)

January 20, 2010

Welcome to the 44th round of Geek Squeaks’.  If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of links to articles produced by bloggers (and site owners) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to pay a special visit to each of these sites to support their incredible work…

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Tech-for Everyone
What is Mobsync?

thePC Security
HDD Password Removal –
Crack, Clear, Unlock, Reset a Locked Hard Disk

Lifehacker
Seems Like Everyone’s Getting Faster Internet but the U.S.

Rarst.net
Colorjive.com – online image editor to paint walls

AskBillFirst
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites January 19

Snakebytez
Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Maker

TTC Shelbyville
Online Network Tools

I Love Free Software
RegKey Backup – Free Software to Registry Backup

Worthy Tips
Download ‘Your Guide to Windows 7′ EBook

Mrintech
Help Haiti People: Donate Online or via Text

Canadian Tech Blogger
Firefox 3.6 RC2 Out

AKS-Feel The Change
What’s My Computer Doing?

Carol’s Vault
PDF Password Remover – remove your PDF’s restrictions

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Security 360

Plato On-Line
World Netizen’s Day

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Safe, Secure Browsing, with Free WOT Browser Add-on

Big Geek Daddy
How to Control Startup Programs

Computer Maintenance
How To Set Windows Automatic Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Mail Wave4, it’s all looking good!

TuneUp Blog
Get More Privacy! How to Remove Personal Information from Files

Internet Security Blog
Auto Lock Computer Screen With USB – Free Download

Geeked Up
6 Important Steps on How to Maximize Firefox Screen Space

Technize
Find Your Files Faster with Windows 7

Whats On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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