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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:32 pm    Post subject: Backing up my info Reply with quote

Hello Im new to mac and have a dumb question: How do I back up all my information on my mac in case it ever fails. I would never want to lose my itunes library Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2005 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SuperDuper is a great utility for doing backups and clones.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could just manually burn them to CDs or DVDs. I think Roxio Toast Titanium should be able to split that huge library into however many CD/DVDs it needs to back it all up.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
You could just manually burn them to CDs or DVDs. I think Roxio Toast Titanium should be able to split that huge library into however many CD/DVDs it needs to back it all up.

I would agree with this as it is the cheapest way.

But remember that unless you buy archive quality media, don't expect the data to be retrievable over time. DVD and CD recordables will lose data over time and can become unreadable. Your best bet would to make two copies of the data using quality branded media. Taiyo-Yuden and Ritek seem to be safe choices.

I have not had problems with CD-r's but i have had problems with DVD-r's losing data. It was just movie backups so it was no great deal, I just made new ones.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

homerjatmoes wrote:
But remember that unless you buy archive quality media, don't expect the data to be retrievable over time. DVD and CD recordables will lose data over time and can become unreadable. Your best bet would to make two copies of the data using quality branded media. Taiyo-Yuden and Ritek seem to be safe choices.


The only real archival media is DVD-RAM, though not many burners can burn to that format considering it uses casettes and all the other advantages that made it a standard even though there were already DVD-R(W) and DVD+R(W). I don't really worry about data loss due to time/storage/environment because all of my data backups are short term, as in no longer than two years. But if you are planning on backing up to non-archival media as in it wasn't designed at a hardware level for archives, definitely buy brand name.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The only real archival media is DVD-RAM, though not many burners can burn to that format considering it uses casettes and all the other advantages that made it a standard even though there were already DVD-R(W) and DVD+R(W). I don't really worry about data loss due to time/storage/environment because all of my data backups are short term, as in no longer than two years. But if you are planning on backing up to non-archival media as in it wasn't designed at a hardware level for archives, definitely buy brand name.

TDK makes medical grade recordable media cd-r and dvd+-r. But buying Taiyo-Yuden and Ritek you are buying a better grade of recordable media. Buying name brand does not always mean you are buying quality media because most do not make their own, they are made by Taiyo-Yuden and Ritek and others.

Mertline sells Taiyo-Yuden at decent prices.

One other thing to do to help insure a good backup is to burn at slower speeds.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'll go ahead and second the suggestion for SuperDuper. If you can get your hands on a relatively inexpensive external harddrive... it's a great way to go (and relatively fast and always reliable). You can either download a free trial (which you can use indefinitely, fully backup your harddrive), but for a bargain price of twenty bucks you can buy the liscence to use all the features (which does make it quicker and easier). either way.... it's worth a look. i was so impressed with using the trial version that i paid for the rights to use the whole thing.... it's great. just a thought. good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a huge fan of (and paid for) SuperDuper, but for regular scheduled backups, I'm more of a fan of Lacie's SilverKeeper (which is totally freeware). Cool

http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for everybodys help!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to go the cheap/free route you can just use the built-in Disc Utility included with OSX. If you are backing up the entire internal HD to another external HD it's very simple and easy to do. You only need other backup programs like SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner if you want to do stuff like incremental/partial backups. Restore Backups that are done by the built-in Disc Utility software are bootable if you have an external FW HD enclosure.

Just my $.02. Why waste money and install other unnecessary software if you really don't need to. Depends on your needs/circumstances though.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasted wrote:


Just my $.02. Why waste money and install other unnecessary software if you really don't need to. Depends on your needs/circumstances though.


I agree.

I would like to throw iBackup into the mix. It's another solid freebie!

http://www.grapefruit.ch/iBackup/
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