what do you guys make backups of?

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  1. flat6 macrumors regular

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    I'm doing a backup of my stuff to CDs. Outside of the obvious Documents / Pictures / Movies / Music, what else do you guys make backups of? For example, where are e-mails stored?
     
  2. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    My entire home folder (and thus everything associated with it) is backed up to an external HD. I used to back up my digital music to CD, but I haven't done that in three years. As an add on to your question - is it a good idea to create DVD backups as well?
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Where your e-mail is depends on what program you're using. I use Mail...the messages are stored in ~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes.

    As for backups, I regularly backup my Home folder minus my Music folder onto DVD-R. I also back up my Music folder, but somewhat less regularly given its size.
     
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    I have a script that creates a bootable backup of everything to an external at 6 a.m. every day. I can't afford to lose more than a day's work.
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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  6. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Everything on my computer is backed up.....i need em all.


    Bless
     
  7. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    My home folder, gets backed up to an External HD every other day, and is also backed up to a dvd every month.
     
  8. XNine macrumors 68040

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    I backup any shareware that I use. You may ask why. Well, for isntance, KEYXING, the best hotkeyapp ever. The developer had to pull the software and luckily I had a .DMG still on my desktop that I have kept around since Jaguar. I love it and can't live without it.

    I also backup porn, digital art that I make, fonts, etc. etc. Not so much emails because they're all stored on .mac and gmail's servers. I probably should though, just for risk prevention.
     
  9. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Good topic...I've not started backing up yet (new to Mac), but have wondered the same question.
     
  10. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    I have a backup. But only of my most prioritized files, since space is limited (I use my PC :D)

    Usually of:

    Bill payment confirmations [BTW, the print to PDF feature kicks ass]
    Online purchases
    Purchased music
    Midterms
    Finals

    The rest of my files are pretty much disposable. Not that they wouldn't affect me if I was to lose them, but It wouldn't be the end of the world.
     
  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Add another vote for backing up everything to a bootable disk. If I were to have a crash I can still go on (not portably though). Then when I get a new hard drive it's just a short copy and I'm all ready to go. I can't spend time tying to get my stuff back where it belongs.
     
  12. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, my mistake. I meant to type in that I'm using DVD-Rs, not CDs. You're right, having to deal with 0.7 GB CDs would be a horrible, horrible way to go about it :)
     
  13. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    CD, DVD, it's all the same (actually, I hadn't noticed your typo :D ). What benefit do you, or others, find in having a physical backup in addition to/instead of an external HD. I've got a spool of blanks, but if there is no real benefit, why bother...
     
  14. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess the short answer, for me, is that 5 random DVDs are cheaper, and easier to store, and easier to deal with than an external HD. Personally, I don't use my PowerBook for work on a day-to-day basis, so if I lost everything and had to use 3-month-old-DVD-backups, it wouldn't be catastrophic. It's more of a music, e-mail, and internet machine. That's why daily backups are overkill for me.

    But I can understand that some people's jobs mean that they can't afford to lose any data, hence an external HD being an investment that makes a lot of sense for them.
     
  15. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    do you use a program or a script?

    I backup intermittently my documents folder and my photos. Don't back up movies or music, except for itunes purchases.
     
  16. youthpastor macrumors newbie

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    Did you write the script? Or do you know where I can find the script online?
     
  17. wPod macrumors 68000

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    i back up my entire HD to an external drive about once a month. then i back up important documents or pictures whenever i need them most. like if a big project is due in a class then i back it up often while im working on it and at least 3 copies once its ready to turn in (on my my HD, one on the external HD and one on my iPod shuffle) i like repetitive redundancy. i would love a RAID 1 external drive, so i would essentially have 2 backups automatically. but thats a little more expensive and well if there were some sort of major catastrophic failure of ALL of my electronics i am sure i would survive.
     
  18. eva01 macrumors 601

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    a combination of Backup 3.0 and CCC
     
  19. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Every two weeks..


    ~/Desktop
    ~/Music
    ~/Documents
    ~/Pictures
    ~/Movies

    And then misc. from my Library. I use iBackup so it's not every folder and file in those directories.
     
  20. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I back up ~/ every day using that LaCie utility, it runs and syncs the backup to the main drive, instead of just brute forcing and replacing everything, it just backs up any file that has a newer version. Runs automatically every day at 1pm
     
  21. risc macrumors 68030

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    I back up copies of everything I have in /Applications (either apps or installers, my serial numbers), I back up my iTunes music collection, my iPhoto photos, email (both my GFs and mine), and finally I back up both of our ~/Document directories (from her iMac and my Power Mac) all to an extrenal drive. When I'm about to upgrade or install a new OS I'll back up both home directories to. How often do I do this all? Not often enough. ;)
     
  22. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    an external HD can die unexpectedly so having additional backups gives extra protection....or suppose you have a fire at your house or apartment, if you've got a CD or 3 stored offsite, or if you have online backup, then you haven't lost your data
     
  23. iGary Guest

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    I used Automater and use it with SuperDuper what backup utility are you using?
     
  24. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601

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    I never back up. :eek:

    Guess I should start... got a 300GB HD. :cool:
     
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