Back-Up Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Regular-John, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Regular-John macrumors member

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    #1
    I want to somehow [maybe with Automator] back up certain folders [docs, music, vids, etc]on my HD to my external HD on a daily basis and have it done automatically.

    I've had a play around with Automator, but it kinda confuses me [I'm fairly new to OSX]!

    Any ideas?

    Also, I tend to format my HD regularly [well I did with my PC]. Is there any way to back up all my iCal events, address book and e-mails + folders? Not necessarily automatically though.

    Cheers RJ.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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  3. Regular-John thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers for that.

    I've used CCC to back up the 'users' folder. Does that cover all my ical event, addresses, e-mails, etc??

    Cheers
     
  4. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    yeah, your user folder contains all that stuff in there, or at least it should!
     
  5. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but if your external drive is big enough, you should just backup your whole mac hd, then it's bootable :)
     
  6. Regular-John thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey, just noticed that you can create disk images with the disk utility.

    Does this back everything up? If so, then I guess this is like OS-X's version of system restore.

    Then could I make Automator scheldule the back-up?

    Cheers.
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    A disk image is just a special kind of file that can be mounted as a disk. It lets you do things like master CDs in non-native formats. It does not take an image of any existing disk. You could script up the creation of a disk image, the copying of all the files you want backed up then burning that image to a DVD.

    Edit to add: Just to be clear a disk image is not a backup. It's nothing like a backup. It's not System Restore.
     

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