Backing up

jamescwarren

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Dec 10, 2005
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I am waiting for Leopard to arrive in the mail and am wondering if it is advised I back up my files before I install it. The problem is that if I do back up, it will have to be to DVDs as i don't currently own an external hard drive. Would it be fine withought backing up? It has been for my past upgrades. Thanks!
 

jaybeehot

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Aug 10, 2004
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I am waiting for Leopard to arrive in the mail and am wondering if it is advised I back up my files before I install it. The problem is that if I do back up, it will have to be to DVDs as i don't currently own an external hard drive. Would it be fine withought backing up? It has been for my past upgrades. Thanks!
You absolutely MUST backup before you upgrade, unless of course you like living dangerously or don't value anything currently on your computer. If you've never backed up before without problems then you should count yourself a very lucky man, but times up. Don't push your luck, especially not with Leopard.

I could not recommend DVD's as a suitable backup strategy. An external drive is not that expensive and well worth the cost if/when you need to access the backup. It's no use having a backup system that is too awful and cumbersome to use if you need it. When something goes horribly wrong its already a disaster and you want a quick painless recovery system, DVD's are not it.

Enjoy Leopard. proceed with caution.
J
 
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Maui

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May 18, 2007
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Spring for an external drive. That way you can use it for Time Machine backups after you upgrade as well. Sooner or later, everyone loses a drive, and it never happens at a convenient time.
 
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