In the past, when I moved blogs to different platforms, I lost blog photos because I didn’t make an effort to back them up or transfer them. Today, I decided to establish a process for grabbing all of the images that I use in this blog, just in case I ever need to have a copy.
I frequently backup the blog itself as an XML file using the built-in export tool. However, this only backs up the written content and architecture – it doesn’t backup the media files.
There are several different programs that could be used and probably various methods as well. In my case, I’m using a WordPress.com blog with a custom domain. In addition, the backup process is done using a Mac.
To scrape the blog content I chose to use SiteSucker, which is a donationware software program for OS X. To reduce the data that is backed up down to a minimal set that includes the images, I changed some of the default settings.
The Short Version: It’s worth exactly what you pay for it. If you really need a reliable, high-capacity battery case that’s worth the inconvenience of carrying a brick then I don’t recommend this case. Mine has sat unused on a shelf for months. I may just charge it up once a month for emergency use at home. It does a good job of maintaining a charge when unused for a long period of time but unfortunately I started having a problem with the case randomly stop charging and then restart, even when it was sitting on a flat surface. I suspect the dock connector is failing, which is similar to problems others have mentioned in product reviews for this device.
My iPhone 4 battery still works well but I have noticed that it doesn’t last quite as long as it used to, especially if I’m using it for power-hungry tasks such as playing a game or browsing the Web. I think I’ve treated the battery well by making it a habit to not leave it on the charger all night and instead only plug it in until it reaches 100%.
This week I started browsing iPhone battery cases. I perused the reviews for several, but I couldn’t make up my mind. The battery performance drop wasn’t enough to justify spending $60-$80.
It seems that the imagex tool is only available as part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). For Windows 7 the kit is an ISO disc image available for download from Microsoft. The Website reports that the download size is 1 GB, though my download currently shows that the file is 1.7 GB.
While writing this post I’m in the process of downloading the disc image. At this point I don’t know exactly what I’ll need to do to get the file into an active Windows 7 installation, but I’m assuming I’ll be able to boot the Windows PE disc and then copy the imagex tool out.
My intention is to use this tool to backup an active Windows 7 system. The image will be stored on a drive attached to a Mac across the network.
It may be possible to find a site that offers only the imagex tool itself for download. However, I think downloading the file directly from Microsoft in its current packaging is probably the best method.
Update: The WAIK can be installed directly into a running system without having to boot into a Windows PE environment. However, imagex seemed to have an issue with creating an image on a network share. It’s likely that I was missing some steps or information. I ended up going the easy route and simply using the built-in Windows backup utility instead.
Over the past few years our collection of personal data has grown significantly as well as the need to backup that data. DVDs are no longer sufficient. Just our wedding photos use over 9 GBs of space, which would require about three DVDs.
I began backing up this data on other hard drives, in addition to our Time Machine backups. I even resorted to storing some data on a portable drive that I keep in our safe deposit box.
Unfortunately, hard drives are bulky. I wanted to be able to backup data to a disc format that would require less space and I could more easily pick and choose when and what to backup.