Reliable Backup Methods?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gastroboy, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. gastroboy macrumors newbie

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    I experienced a really nasty lockup of Jaguar. Only the cursor was mobile. I ran Diskwarrior and it tells me the desktop file is too damaged on one of my 2 internal HardDrives and to reformat it.

    Unfortunately this is the bigger of the 2 (120Gb vs 10Gb) and held my Panther install.

    I am backing up everything non-system to CDs.

    What concerns me most is what do I have to do to secure all my preferences, email etc and things I have probably forgotten, that is probably buried in invisible files.

    Can anyone suggest the best method and what to look out for?

    Is this a case of going through everything with a notebook in hand recording installs, serial numbers, networking, settings etc?
     
  2. varmit macrumors 68000

    varmit

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    Sorry no one answered you sooner, but the best method is to have one before you need one. I personally have a file server and send any important files over to it when I edit them. I also use Backup that comes with getting the dot mac membership. I send a backup to my iDisk that Apple hosts for me and to my fileserver, and that runs every night and backs up everything I find important.

    I believe that its plist files, that should be in your Usernames Library file (open home folder and you should see Library in there), that hold the preferences for your applications.

    I hope you have your serial numbers somewhere and the install CDs/files for the software that you have. Or you could just copy the software to the other drive, that is if the program was just a drag and drop to install, and didnt need an installer.
     
  3. martinchaoss macrumors newbie

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    carbon copy clone

    carbon copy clone is a free app. You can download it from www.macdownloads.com. It copy's every file, even the invisible files, from one disk to another. You can even burn a bachup this way from your system.

    Another nice app. is -Synchronize pro-. It's backs up all files you want (visible) from one disk to another and can be put on a time scedule.

    grz, martin
     

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