Backups with mushroom flavour + Portable

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Wouldn’t be cool if your backup media stores not only your data but also your favorite backup software? In this tutorial we’ll see how to install Cobian Backup on a portable disk or usb flash drive.

1. First of all get the setup from the official site

2. Double-click “cbSetup.exe” and follow the setup screens. Create a folder in your portable media and name it “Cobian” for example

3. Uncheck all the boxes and point to the previously created folder. Click Next

4. Choose “Application (no Auto-Start)” (remember that our main objective is to have a computer-independent installation). Proceed

5. The program starts once the setup finishes, close it. Now the tricky part… all the settings including the backup profiles are stored in a file called MainList.lst, this file is located in the “DB” directory right in the installation folder. This works great as long as your portable hard disk or usb flash drive maintains the drive letter but, as you know, the mapping is a little bit unpredictable.  So we could change the setting’s absolute path by a relative one, to do so open “cbEngine.ini” which is located inside the “Settings” folder

6.Change the highlighted path to “DB\MainList.lst” and you have a portable version of Cobian Backup

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Backups with mushroom flavour

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Making backups is a pain especially if you organize your data as a kid organizes his bedroom closet… you know what i mean!

One strategy could be the use of a batch file to copy the folders you specified, however most of the time this option lacks the flexibility and robustness needed. Fortunately there are plenty of programs to get the job done but, most of them are either paid or use a proprietary file format to save the data.

That’s what makes Cobian Backup from Luis Cobian quite a finding, it is highly flexible and customizable, saves your data in a well know format and last but not least it is free. Try it yourself and afterwards, if you also came to the conclusion that the program is awesome, remember to donate.

P.S. The application’s icon is a mushroom, that explains the title

How to create a Multiboot USB Drive? + Norton Ghost

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YUMI makes the creation of multiboot usb drives a piece of cake however if you were like me a crucial weapon in your IT arsenal is missing… Yes i’m talking about Norton Ghost!

To prepare Norton Ghost Rescue Image follow the steps bellow, for further details please refer to the original post.

You will need Norton Ghost 15 and Symantec Recovery Disk ISO image which can be found HERE.

1. After the download is finished, extract the image to a folder, by default the name of the folder will be the same as the name of the ISO image (NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly).

2. Start Norton Ghost and open the tab Tools then click Create Custom Recovery Disk CD.

3. Follow the screens till the program asks for the Source Location “Specify the media location to an existing Symantec Recovery Disk”, in this step you should point to the folder where you have extracted the Symantec Recovery Disk ISO (NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly). Hit next.

4. Choose to save an ISO file, by default the name will be SymantecSrd.iso

5. In the next screens you may add any drivers you want, customize your time zone, change the keyboard layout and configure your networks settings. Besides that you should provide a valid key so all features on the CD will be available.

6. Once you have filled all the previous details a summary screen will appear. After you confirm it will be a matter of time till the iso is ready.

7. Now that the image is created we should add it to YUMI to do so, select the drive letter, scroll down to the option “Try an Unlisted ISO” and click Browse. Open SymantecSrd.iso click Create to finish.

8. Now that the USB drive is ready fire up Virtual Box or reboot your pc to test it. If everything goes as expected you should get a screen that resembles the following one.

How to create a Multiboot USB Drive?

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The other day i was reading some feeds and found this tip that you might find useful

Uninstaller gone bad

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If a program is still displayed in the “Add or Remove Programs Tool” after removal open the registry:

  1. Windows Key + R type regedit then press Enter
  2. Open the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and make a backup prior to do any changes
  3. Find the program that you wish to remove from the list (DisplayName key represents the name that is displayed on the tool)
  4. To remove it right click the node and then click delete

Links: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314481

Waiter! Could I have the menu bar in Windows 7, please?

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The new appearance of Windows is much cleaner however i find myself searching for features that in the past were in front of my eyes.
One of the things i miss is the menu bar in windows explorer fortunately there is a shortcut that makes the old File Edit menu appear.

Next time simply press the Alt key and the menu will be right below the address bar!