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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:18 am    Post subject: Backups Reply with quote

Is it enought to just backup my user directory? I'm backing up eveything except the Music folder (cause it's big and I have a copy on another computers) and the Applications folder. So if disaster strikes, will I be able to get everything back? I figure I can reinstall all my programs from their own disks or by re-downloading the application.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Home directory would be the only thing critical (especially if you don't have a problem with re-installing all your applications).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good information on backups here....

http://www.macworld.com/2005/02/features/takecontrolexcerpt1/index.php

http://www.macworld.com/2005/02/features/takecontrolexcerpt2/index.php

I also think the latest issue of MacHome magazine did a good write up on backups.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

livemusicfan wrote:
Some good information on backups here....

http://www.macworld.com/2005/02/features/takecontrolexcerpt1/index.php

http://www.macworld.com/2005/02/features/takecontrolexcerpt2/index.php

I also think the latest issue of MacHome magazine did a good write up on backups.


I'm using a 1GB Sandisk Cruzer to back up my documents for now. Those articles will come in handy as my Hard Drive gets filled and I look for better methods of doing backups!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy an external drive >= the size of your internal drive. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your drive. Put it as reoccuring on your calendar so you'll be reminded.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I could do drive -> drive, but that doesn't give me an offsite copy which I really want. It also seems like overkill since the drive would be about $100 and I can get CDs for almost free on sale.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nalenb wrote:
Well, I could do drive -> drive, but that doesn't give me an offsite copy which I really want. It also seems like overkill since the drive would be about $100 and I can get CDs for almost free on sale.


I think CD/DVD/Flash are safer ways to back up because the external drive can always fail like the internal hard drive can. The benefit of a using an external drive is speed, convenience and storage space. I guess it comes down to personal choice and what you think your documents are going to be safest, or, how broke you are after buying buying a new Mac mini and Apple cinema display. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using my iPod Shuffle for small documents until I can get an external drive on the cheap!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nalenb wrote:
Well, I could do drive -> drive, but that doesn't give me an offsite copy which I really want. It also seems like overkill since the drive would be about $100 and I can get CDs for almost free on sale.


Whatever floats your boat, but burning CDs/DVDs is time consuming compared to an external firewire backup. If you want to backup stuff offsite, buy some space from a webhosting company and use rsync over ssh to only backup changes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet Apple would love to hear somone say a .mac account! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I bet Apple would love to hear somone say a .mac account! Laughing


.mac is great for backing up documents, etc. and keeping them insync between multiple machines. But the amount of space makes it not worth the cost. I had it for a year when I had multiple Macs, but I can't justify for a single Mac.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a way to do timed auto backups? Say I throw in a DVD at bed time, and have the backup run at 2am?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nalenb wrote:
Is there a way to do timed auto backups? Say I throw in a DVD at bed time, and have the backup run at 2am?


Not that I know of without some other software... hence why I said burning CDs/DVDs is time consuming compared to an external firewire backup.

You can schedule a cronjob to copy your stuff off to an external drive or rsync it to a remote site.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then I should be able to schedule a cronjob to copy to dvd and eject it to burn it right?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nalenb wrote:
Then I should be able to schedule a cronjob to copy to dvd and eject it to burn it right?


Not sure how you'd burn a dvd from the command line. Perhaps you could applescript it. Let me know how that turns out Smile
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