Backing-Up

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by eyeluvmyimac, Jan 11, 2003.

  1. eyeluvmyimac macrumors regular

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    I've never backed up my HD, and with all the recent problems occuring (namely the Safari problems) what is the best way to go about backing up? How have you all done it, etc.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. benixau macrumors 65816

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    most of us are hardened geeks.

    we tell the little people to back-up but are the last to do it oursleves.

    i suggest though that you go and get dantz's backup software. it is generally regarded as the best there is.
    i think norton systemworks 2 includes a jag compatible version of Retrospect Express 5.0.

    good luck.
     
  3. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Well get an external HD big enough for your hard drives in use to be copied to, or if you have a CD-RW drive or DVD-R drive back it up to those. If you're using optical media it's usually best to use RW formats so you're not stuck with different versions of your hard drive and having to buy new discs constantly. If you go the external HD route or DVD-RW route, you can also use a backup script or program to back your hard drive up every night/week whatever. Otherwise you'll have to do it manually whenever you want to back up.

    I have both an internal (13 gig) and an external (60 gig, 4 partitions), so i back my most important files up back and forth. That way if one fails, i'll have the most important stuff on the other one, too. i don't do full backup of both drives because it would just be wasteful, if i had a HD big enough to back both drives up to, i'd rather just use it for everyday stuff. There's not a lot of point to backing up programs that you have discs for, it's your files you should worry about.

    :)
    pnw
     
  4. eyeluvmyimac thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have internal 60 and external firewire 120 so im fine there, id like some sort of script or something that would automaticaly check for things that have changed since the last backup in terms of mainly files instead of programs. Is there anything like that? Also would I need to add a partition on my external hard drive? If so how would I go about that?

    Thanks again
     
  5. benixau macrumors 65816

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    look over versiontracker.com for something. i know there is a Ascript out there to do it i just have forgot where it is and aam too lazy to find it for you. :)
     
  6. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    You wouldn't have to partition, really anymore it's just a convenience thing. And it can become inconvenient in a hurry if you're not careful... If you want to, you'll have to reformat the entire drive that you're partitioning. Not light work, in any case...

    I think Carbon Copy Cloner will create timed scripts for you if you want... It's by far the best duplication software; it copies *everything* pretty much perfectly. Check versiontracker for it. Not the easiest program to use but it's not bad either.

    :)
    pnw
     

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