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Where Do I Find iPhone Backups?

Last time my iPhone 4 get into weird iPhone staring issue and instead of starting it was only showing Apple logo. I had no choice but to restore my iPhone using my backup file. I get into DFU mode and searched for iPhone backup files. This quick tutorial is useful for you if you are looking to find your iPhone backup.

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Windows Vista or Windows 7 iPhone Backup Location:

To access this location in Windows, you may have to enable Hidden files & Folders because by default this folder is hidden in Explorer.

C: > Users > [Name of User] > AppData > Roaming > AppleComputer > MobileSync > Backup

Windows XP iPhone Backup Location:

C: > Documents and Settings > [Name of User] > Application Data > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup

Mac OS X iPhone Backup Location:

On your Mac, to find iTunes backup navigate to:

[User Home Folder] > Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup

This is something I was not aware of, and after finding the iPhone location it will be easy for me to restore my iPhone.

Tips For Avoiding Gmail Data Loss

Gmail Data LossIf you use Google Apps for business, then Gmail may be an important part of your everyday activities. Your Gmail inbox can include communications from your coworkers, employees, superiors and even business associates from around the world. Gmail is convenient because you can access it from multiple locations and all your company’s employees can access email from the same interface, even if you use POP or IMAP to route messages from your company’s domain name to your Gmail account.

It’s a good idea to get to know the features and limitations of Gmail, especially if you use Google’s server space as your sole method to backup your emails. For instance, Gmail does allow you to restore Gmail emails that you have deleted that currently reside in your trash folder, which can help you to save effort and face if you accidentally delete messages, but sometimes data becomes permanently lost to you. Knowing what situations cause this can help you to prevent data- and message-loss that can have a high cost.

Prevent Gmail data loss by knowing it’s limitations and Features

30-Day Trash Limit

According to Google, messages can only remain in your trash box for up to 30 days after you have added them. Thus, if you think you may need to restore Gmail messages, you should keep the messages in your inbox rather than moving them to your trash folder.

Permanently Deleted Email

Once you click the button to permanently empty your trash folder, the data that was in it becomes lost forever. Google itself will not be able to retrieve this information for you. Take care not to accidentally click this button if there is any data that you might want to keep in your trash folder.

Archive, Don’t Delete

Prior to Gmail, users like yourself didn’t have many options besides simply saving emails that you might need sometime in the future or deleting them. However, Google has included the ability to archive messages and data with their mail service. This will remove messages from your inbox without placing them in your trash folder. Archiving messages is a great way to keep them but also keep them out of the way, if you’re not sure if you might need to use that data again. You can still search through the messages with Gmail’s search feature.

Remember to Back Up Your Data

A recent study on google apps data loss by Backupify evaluated the reasons why businesses lose data and found that 63% of occurrences are due to user error. While Gmail itself does make it easier to retrieve deleted messages than many services or programs, you might want to consider other alternatives. For example, one of the Google Apps for business users is a vault service that allows you to create a data backup from Google services like chat and mail to make it easier to organize and find data during times of litigation. Third-party programs like Backupify help you to back up one or more Gmail accounts and save that data to a separate, secure online archive. When the information is important, backing up is also important. Also read, Gmail apps FAQ’s

Bonus tip: Do enable Gmail 2 step authentication to ensure safety of your account. You can find details here.

Accidents do happen, even if you’re comfortable using Gmail. It’s good to be prepared for potential viruses, user errors, glitches or unauthorized access to your Gmail, all of which can result in permanent data loss. Being able to recover that information with a few clicks certainly brings peace of mind.

Top 2 Free Mac Backup Software

Backup refers to collecting all the extensions and plugging installed for any files to be recollected and store at one point which is said as to be the restore point. Backup is said to be done to collect and comprise of all files of any extension or setup files of any software respectively. Backup is necessary in any system.

The backup is made so that if we lost data due to some errors or technical problems, the data’s can be collected from the restore point and once again all the setups can be installed in ease without once again to be downloaded from the internet. Let us see 2 free application to backup data and files in Mac.

Free Mac Backup Software:

You can also use Time-machine, which is a default option in Mac Os for backup. If you wish to use Time-machine, (For backup and restore)  you can refer to this guide from Techradar.

1: Psyncx 2.2.2

Psyncx 2.2.2Sometimes the system recommends user to backup all the drives pertained within it. But the user thinks only the important files installed by him should have backup respectively within a folder. So this application is really useful in understanding user’s thinking and their demands. So this application can do folder or subfolder backup as recommended by the user. It first asks which folders are to be on process for backup.

Then it asks for such folder which has space to create this backup respectively in ease and maintain the profile within that drive respectively. This application is keen with users accomplishments  and works done within the system and it has scheduler to maintain backups if they are interrupted by the user at a certain point.

Download PsyncX.

2: Bonkey

Bonkey

A backup with security are less provided in many of the systems in the world. The bonkey application makes the user backup files and even enhances cryptography or other keys to protect your data have and files within the   system. The application even allows synchronization and coherent data’s to be backuped in ease. The backup even generate some keys which enact as a password to protect the backup of important files being installed within the system. The most important work this application does in backup of SQL databases.

The SQL databases of huge contents or small databases created for homely purposes can e set to a restore point through backup and initiate the security of the files. You can select any drives and backup the data’s within them at a period of time. It doesn’t interrupt if the system gets shut down due to some issues. The backup can be restarted in a new way when the system is started once again. This application is free of cost and is available in various sites.

Download Bonkey.

Do you know more free Mac backup software? Are you using any paid solution for taking backup of your machine?

Google Takeout: Download All Google Account Data

One thing which I liked about Google when they released Google+, they let you download data from your Google+ account and along with Google+ data liberation feature, Google also added a new feature call Google Takeout to download all your Google data.

Using Google takeout, you can download data from Google Buzz, Google Circles, Picasa, Google Profile, Google+ stream and contacts.

Google Takeout
Google Takeout

Download data from Google takeout is easy and here is a guide which you can use to download your Google data.

How to use Google takeout to download Data from Google?

Go to Google takeout homepage and login using your Google ID. Click on Choose services

You can click on any service and it will show the time it will take to download all the data. Click on create archive and it will start archiving your data from day1 to now and you can download it within one click on next page. (Screen below)

Indeed it’s a great move by Google to create one place to download all data. I wish if they start offering multiple file format options to download data.

Here is a nice video from Data liberation Front announcing Google takeout service.

 

You should atleast use this service once to download all your data now and to create a local backup. Do let us know what do you think about Google takeout service? Do you think it’s going to be useful for you and others?

How to Backup and Transfer your Picasa Database in Windows 7

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that lets you modify your pictures and tag them. Picasa stores its information in its database. If you want to transfer your Picasa settings and tags to a new computer, then not only will you have to transfer the photos but also the database to the new folder.

Picasa backup

In Windows 7, transferring Picasa database is quite simple. First, head on over to the following foder:

C:> Users > [Your User Name] >AppData > Local > Google

You will see a folder titled either Picasa2 or Picasa3. Right click on this folder and copy it.

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To create a backup, simply paste the folder in a safe storage location.

To transfer the database to a new computer, paste the copied folder to an external storage device like a flash drive. Plug the flash drive into the new computer. The Picasa folder you pasted into the flash drive should now be copied to the same folder location in the new computer:

C:> Users > [Your User Name] >AppData > Local > Google

This action will transfer your Picasa database from the first computer to the second computer.

How to Delete iPhone Backup from iTunes?

We all know it’s important to take backup of all your data and when it comes to mobile phone, we should take backup twice a week at least. Talking about iPhone, When we take backup, it usually doesn’t delete the old backup or overwrite it.

Here is a quick tutorial on how you can delete old backup of your iPhone or any other iOS device. Specially if you are getting this eror while taking your iPhone backup “backup was corrupt or not compatible wiith iPhone“, deleting iPhone old backups will solve this issue.

Delete iPhone Backup from Windows iTunes

Connect your iPhone to laptop and open iTunes. Go to Edit> preference and under devices you will see list of all backup of your iPhone. From here you can delete iPhone backup.

All iPhone Backup files

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That’s it. Now before you disconnect your iPhone from your computer, take a recent backup to make sure if something goes wrong, you won’t miss out important data.

Another Easy Email Backup Software: MailStore Home

There are many Email backup tools that you can download and use to backup all your email, just in case the worse happens. Here’s another one that you may like. Last month Gmail experienced some problems and a lot many of its users lost all their precious e-mails and to prevent such things from destroying your life, it’s better to be prepared. To backup your Gmail account there is already the Gmail Backup tool or the web service known as Backupify.

But, it’s always better that you have a copy of all your emails on your hard drive or your USB drive too, apart from just a cloud backup. This software is known as MailStore Home and is exactly what I was looking for, and I’m pretty sure you’d like it too. It’s really very simple to use and backs-up a lot of other accounts rather than only Gmail, Yahoo or Windows Mail. So what other features does MailStore Home have? Here you go :

  • Back up internet mailboxes such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail
  • Any mailboxes using POP3 or IMAP
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010
  • Microsoft Outlook Express and Windows Mail
  • Microsoft Exchange Server and Hosted Exchange
  • Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey
  • .EML and other email files

The MailStore Home is a Windows only software and won’t cost you anything. Download and learn more about it here and back-up your email accounts now. You can also back-up your mail to a USB flash/hard drive and carry it around with you. Download the MailStore Home Portable from here.

[ Via LifeHacker ]

3 Software to Find Missing Drivers in Windows

Drives of computer go missing many times and downloading or searching drivers again can be a headache and time consuming when you are not sure which one is suits your requirement and where search? But there are few software available which can help you to search your missing driver for Windows PC efficiently and quickly.

There are so many Windows OS variation: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows vista, Windows 8 and many old one, now the problem is most of new laptop comes bundled with a stock OS like Windows 7 or Windows vista, and on their official driver download page, you will not find the compatible windows driver. This is sometime, become a headache as many system parts like audio, graphics doesn’t work properly. Specially, when I tried installing Windows XP on my Dell inspiron laptop, I had a tough time finding all the drivers. So, to help you out, here I’m listing some of the programs and softwares, which you can use to download drivers in Windows.

How to find missing Windows Drivers?

The best way is to search in Google and find the links from Tech forum. My suggestion is, always read the follow up comments and download any driver, when some body confirmed the same. As, I had not so good experience with this. Another way is using Driver finder software’s, which scans your hardware and find the compatible drivers. Also, it checks for updates and let you directly update your windows OS drivers.

It’s always recommended to keep your driver up to date, as it helps in smooth and improve the performance of your computer or laptop.

Driver Easy:

Driver Easy software is useful for you when you want that your drivers get update automatically or when you want to search for missing driver. It is very easy to use and search for drivers with just 3 steps. It also provides you features like driver restore, backup and uninstalling features.

Missing Drivers in Windows

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Driver Magician Lite:

Driver Magician Lite helps you to locate missing Windows drivers of your PC and you can also keep a backup of all the drivers easily and copy them to any location you want so that if you miss any of your drivers in future also, you just need to open the saved drivers and re-install it.

Driver magician lite

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Driver detective:

Driver detective is another software which solves your widows driver problem that means it do installs the perfect updates of your PC drivers, backup drivers, take care of registry and re-install corrupted or missing drivers.

Driver detective

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So don’t waste your time in updating and searching for drivers, let the above software do that. You just need to download the one which suits your requirement. If you are aware of any such software which can search, backup or install Windows drivers then do share with us.

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How to Backup and restore Cydia Applications on iPhone

One of the most common question asked in the Apple iphone forums are how we can take backup of applications of Cydia.

Pkgbackup application is one such application which is available in Cydia store, which will let you take  a complete back up cydia application and also restore the application.

pkgbackup is a premium application and you need to pay 1.99$.

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You can download pkgback from Cydia by searching for keyword “pkgbackup”.

Do let us know which tool do you use to take backup of cydia application?