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5 Best Ways to Restore Data from Windows 10 after Accidental Formatting

5 Best Ways to Restore Data from Windows 10 after Accidental Formatting

For every individual user or organisation, it is important to have a backup plan. If you do not have one, it’s never too late – it would hardly take 10 minutes to set up! Once you set up a backup plan, your precious data will continue to back up on a regular basis. In fact, on Windows 10, it’s much easier than ever before.

With the help of inbuilt utilities, you can easily backup all your important files and folders. If you don’t act now, you might regret letter once your data becomes unavailable due to number of causes like system failure, drive corrupt, accidentally formatted etc.

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Windows 10

    File History

    Introduced with the evolution of Windows 8, File History reappeared in the latest Windows 10 version. It is still considered the most recommended way to backup data. File History has been integrated in the Control Panel as well as the Settings app. File History only backs up files that are located in the user account folder.

    All the data stored at C:/Users/[account name] is backed up. This includes the documents, desktop, downloads, pictures, music and other folders. Any data stored on OneDrive is also replicated. File history is smart enough to detect and monitor folders and files for changes. It then backs up files and folders automatically that have changed or modified. It works similar to Mac OSX Time Machine.

    OneDrive

    In a traditional sense, OneDrive is not a backup solution, but due to its integration in Windows 10, it is considered an efficient medium to backup data. Files stored in OneDrive get synced with the online OneDrive account. The stored data can be accessed from other devices anytime and from anywhere.

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    If, due to any reason, all your Windows data turns inaccessible, you can log in to your OneDrive account from any other machine and all your stored data will be displayed in the File Explorer window. This way, you can get instant access to your data from anywhere in just few clicks.

    System Image Backup

    This backup feature is available in the left panel of the Backup and Restore window. Select ‘Create a System Image’ from the left panel and follow the instructions prompted thereafter. Alternatively, launch File History and then select System Image from the window. These options offer creating an entire image of the Windows system, system settings, operating system and user files.

    The backup can be stored on any external storage media such as USB drives, Network locations or DVD. If you wish the computer to return back to a particular state, you can restore the backup back to machine. If any of the data is found to be missing while implementing manual procedures, you can use third party software to recover accidentally deleted files.

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    Advanced Startup Options

    From the options given under Advanced Startup, you can restore Windows from the system image that was created earlier. It can also be used to perform maintenance checks as well as to resolve certain issues. This feature also works if the Windows 10 machine encounters boot problems.

    To access Advanced Startup Options, open the Settings app and then select Update & Security. Next, select Recovery and click on Restart Now available under Advanced Startup.

    Third Party Backup Software

    There are, of course, external programs that can be downloaded that will backup and if necessary, restore data. Many will continuously monitor all the states of your files like when they’re modified, created, or moved into new locations.

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    As always, we recommend doing stringent research on the available options and products – there are many free software packages for performing data backups and retrievals, but the efficiency and efficacy of the services can vary wildly between vendors and products. With that said, be aware that paid software is not necessarily a better option!

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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