Edit: After half day, my wife’s Mac started having the same problem. I have then applied the solution that I found in the Apple
Fixing System Problems without a Backup- III [Lost Data]
Moving to the end of solving problems without backup, now we’ll discuss what happens when your important (or maybe not so important) data is lost.
Let’s say you deleted some important data from your system (but not any system file that affects the operating system), then you can do a complete system restore. But this should be your final option. Let’s look at some other options that you can follow.
Partial restoration from backup
This is pretty easy. Simply copy the data from the most recent backup and paste it in the required folders. In case you have huge backups archived in big zip files, then things might not be as easy. It is useful to make complete backup that is a mirror copy of the hard disk because you can use that for any amount of data loss that you have suffered.
A rescue CD scans your drive and sees the files that have been deleted. Then it tries to find them. If it hasn’t been too long since you deleted your files, then they can be rescued easily.
Sometimes redundancy can be good. It is best to keep an extra copy of your important files so that in case they are accidentally lost or deleted, you can always recover them from their ‘redundant’ sources. Daily backup is a good thing, but if you can’t back files up everyday, try backing up at least once a week. Backing up everything might not be feasible, so backup important things, like the My Documents folder.
With the advancement of technology, you can now place your important files on servers so that they can be secure forever. You must have heard about Dropbox. You can place your important documents in Dropbox, while your images can find a place in Picasa and Flickr. You can get 5GB for music files on Amazon Cloud too. You can get multiple free plans and use them so you don’t have to spend anything at all!
There are many ways to keep a backup and restore it without using a full system restore. This ends our three part mini-series. Which backup plan did you like the best? Do write to us.
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