Dell Backup and Recovery Media Request Form

Have you bought a new DELL laptop or PC lately? Notice that you didn’t get any CD’s with it? And you aren’t sure what to do with the annoying DELL Backup and Recovery software pop ups?

If you haven’t run the DELL Backup and Recovery software to create re-install disks (rescue disks) for your computer, I suggest you do. I recently had a 3 month old Windows 8.1 PC corrupt out and the only option was to re-install the OS.

Of course, there was no rescue disks for that wayward system, but I did find this option. All you need is the Service Tag number and a system still under warranty. (Typically less than a year old)

Click on this link and follow the steps to order your recovery media.


(Received the install CD the next day and fixed the system)

What is Google Takeout?

I like to backup regularly and these days we find a lot of our “stuff” in the cloud. From iCloud, Google Apps, Skydrive, Dropbox, etc.

I have used Google Takeout before, but thought I would share:

Google Takeout is a tool that lets you quickly and easily download data that you created in (or imported into) a number of Google products. It provides the data in a variety of open, portable formats so that you can easily import the data into other internet services.

Google Takeout is a Data Liberation platform that makes escaping from Google products as easy as possible. Takeout lets you take your data out of multiple Google products in one fell swoop. Moreover, you’ll find that all your data is in portable and open formats‚ so it’s easy to import to other services quickly.

Google Takeout supports the following services at this time:

Google Takeout

It is pretty straight forward and allows you to either download it all or select a service to download:

Select Takeout ServiceAfter you are done selecting it all or just one service, just click on CREATE ARCHIVE and it will pack it up for download. If you have a lot of files up there, you can ask the takeout services to email you when it is done.

Download Takeout

Ok, now click on Download and save. You now have that cloud backed up. Be sure to backup what’s on your computer too!