Back up to External Hard Drive??

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  1. Bulldog VII macrumors 6502

    Bulldog VII

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    Hi

    Being fairly new to my imac, I have an external hard drive & wondered if it's easy to back everything up onto it & how do I do it!!

    Thanks
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Well, once Leopard arrives it'll be really easy with Time Machine. Until then, there are numerous apps that'll do a backup for you. I like Chronosync, but there are others.
     
  3. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    i've heard Super Duper is good bc it can make a bootable copy for your external drive.
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    If you're not afraid of the command line you can use the rsync command in terminal. I use it for my backups.
     
  5. acris10 macrumors newbie

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    if you have a .Mac account you can download "backup 3" from it and i like it fairly well
     
  6. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    you could also just copy your home folder and paste it on your external drive. not the best solution, but definitely easy.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Is your external drive as big or bigger than your internal? If not, then SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner are not the best choice.

    Some externals come with their own backup software (like LaCie's SilverKeeper).

    Do you need to back up everything?
    If not, you can drag and drop what you need to back up.

    Backup from the .mac account is a good solution.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     

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