backup solution?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by smartalic34, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I'm going off to college next week, and realized that backing up my data will be fairly important. Getting an external hard drive isn't an option, so I was wondering as to how I should go about backing up everything. I have a 128 MB flash drive, as well as 100 MB available on my university's server for personal file storing. Besides backing up my documents, pictures, widgets, etc, is there any way I can backup application preferences, as well as my 2 GB of music? I'm open to many ideas, including how to efficiently archive/.zip everything (alternative solutions/programs), and basically wondering which files to backup in order to preserve the changes I've made to the operating system. any help is greatly appreciated
  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    From your post I'm guessing you're a little cash-strapped? How much data are we talking about in total? 3 gigs? 100? Unfortunately, backing stuff up costs money. The less money you have the less thorough you can be.

    1) One way would be to burn DVDs. Or CDs if you don't have a DVD burner and can't afford one. In either of these cases, I would say archiving (.zip, .dmg etc.) would be a waste of time. Just burn files straight to disc.

    2) Get a cheap firewire/USB hard drive off eBay. I don't know why you said this wasn't an option - price? You can probably find a working drive in the <40GB region for $40 or less. Get a USB 1.1 drive. Nobody wants them because they're slow as hell, thus cheap, but that's not a problem for only backups.

    3) If you happen to have a MiniDV camcorder, you can use DV Backup to put around 15GB of data onto a MiniDV tape, with built-in error protection (cost of software $20, cost of tape around $3 each).

    Most of your preferences are stored in various places within your Library folder in your home folder, mainly ~/Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Application Support, but you may have a gig or more of other stuff in that huge rats nest of folders. You could either sort through all that crap, choosing what you do and don't want to back up, or just burn it all to a DVD. Don't overestimate the value of every single application preference file. If your computer crashes it's easy to reinstall the OS and the software and set the preferences back to how they were. Back up the important, irreplaceable stuff first.

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