Your backup habits?

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  1. lieb39 macrumors 6502

    lieb39

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    Hello everyone,

    I need to establish a backup system for my Macbook.. only thing is that I have a 100GB External drive by my internal drive is 120GB, so a direct 1:1 isn't an option. I have Superduper! URL so I've got the software - I just need to figure out what to backup & how often.

    Suggestions? What's everyones backup system here?

    Cheers,

    lieb39
     
  2. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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  3. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    The 100 GB Drive should be fine as long as you have less than 100 GB on your Macbook.

    My backup habits? What habits. :eek: Once Time Machine gets here, I'll surely back up, though.
     
  4. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I backup my home folder once a week on Sundays at 3pm. It's set as an event in iCal so I don't have to trust myself to remember ;) I tend to keep things pretty organized around my computer, so backing up my home folder catches most everything: Music, Documents, Pictures, etc.
     
  5. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    You just need to back up your Users folder...so there should be plenty of space on your external drive for that. I have a DVD backup of my important files in another location, but use an external drive for day-to-day backup.
     
  6. lieb39 thread starter macrumors 6502

    lieb39

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    Fair enough - and FYI - My 120GB is pretty full sometimes.. thinking of updating because of Parallels / Mac OS is a constant battle.. haha.
     
  7. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    Only if thats where you keep all your data.

    I'm personally horrible about backing things up, I SHOULD be able to simply round-robin my important things from one machine to another, but actually getting around to doing that ... doesn't happen. Maybe with TimeMachine I can just schedule it.

    Ideally you should back up your data to two separate locations, so that in the event of a fire or flood you're still good. I've been told that if you put a drive in the refrigerator it's withstand a fire ... but I've never had first hand confirmation of this.
     
  8. bored911 macrumors 6502

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    i do once a month using superduper! but, i don't have smart update, so it's a big deal for me. you might want to do around every 2-3 weeks, but it's enirely up to you
     
  9. bgd macrumors regular

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    Weekly I back up my 'Data' directory to a flash drive and iSync. Periodically (when I remember) I copy everything to an external drive.
     
  10. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I backup once a week, but i rotate between my two external drives, using superduper's smart update
     
  11. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i clone my powerbooks HD with super duper every week or two, depending if i got new important data (mostly my pictures).

    in addition i burn my iphoto library and my important data to cd/dvd every 3 month and store them at work.

    soon i will buy another HD and make a second clone of my powerbook every month just in case the first HD breaks. later on this HD will be my HD for Leopards "Time Machine".
     
  12. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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  13. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I use iBackup, a really good bit of free software. I then backup to an external drive - just my photos, preferences, documents, emails etc. All easily selectable from iBackup.
     
  14. MacAnkka macrumors regular

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    I don't backup my computer. Sure, it might be a good idea to do so, but I donät have the money to buy a drive dedicated to backuping (as a matter of fact, I don't have the money to buy a new HD at all, even though I'm desperately running out of space)
     

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