Back-up applications and Hard Drive

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  1. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816

    WhySoSerious

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    I need some guidance from you seasoned vets.

    I just got a MBP and want to purchase an external HD to back up EVERYTHING.

    How do I do this?

    Yeah, I know it's a broad question, but some things I need advice on are:

    - what size of external should i get and what brand? (MBP is 250GB)
    - what program should i install on the MBP to do the back-up?
    - to do back-ups...do i just connect the external to the MBP and click "back-up"?

    Thanks for helping a noob....and any other info you want to offer up to assist is GREEEEEAAAATLY apprecaited!

    Merry Xmas! :D
     
  2. skyrider007 macrumors 65816

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    Get a FireWire 800 external hard drive and use Time Machine for automatic backup. I'd suggest 500GB or higher for capacity and 7,200RPM.
     
  3. WhySoSerious thread starter macrumors 65816

    WhySoSerious

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    what app would you suggest i use if i don't have Leopard?
     
  4. skyrider007 macrumors 65816

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    If your hard drive is from LaCie or Western Digital, it should come bundled with a back-up app.
     
  5. jsgreen macrumors 6502

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    I just went through a process of figuring out a backup plan for myself...

    I bought a 750Gb external HDD from OWC, Firewire 800, 400, USB and eSATA interfaces (although I'll just use the FW800). It was about $300.

    I partitioned it into several partions..my backups will be Time Machine (to one partition) and SuperDuper (to another partition).

    I decided to use TM + SD because you can't boot to a TM backup, just restore. That's fine for "whoops I deleted that by accident" issues, but not if your HD actually fails. SuperDuper creates a bootable clone of your drive (so you can really only go back in time to the last backup), but if you pay $28 to register you can schedule these, and run incremental backups (only backs up what has changed...so shorter run times).

    note - SuperDuper isn't fully released for Leopard yet, but the (well respected) developer is working on it.
     
  6. WhySoSerious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    from the sounds of it, superduper will work wonders for me since i don't have Leopard yet. with superduper, you mentioned it has a "cloned-bootable" drive, but can i just go into the drive and extract single/individual files at will (say i deleted a word doc)?
     
  7. jsgreen macrumors 6502

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    SD Users Manual is also available for dl: http://homepage.mac.com/dnanian/SuperDuper/SuperDuper.pdf

    I should RTFM:

    Restoring files from a backup
    Recovering a single file – or a few files – is quite easy. Just attach the external drive or mount the backup image, and drag the file back to the proper location using the Finder.

    That’s all there is to it!
     

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