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stefman

macrumors regular
Jul 17, 2002
156
4
Backup is great. Just this past weekend, I backed up everything on my iMac, reformatted and restored. It was simple and painless.

BTW, first time I do this on a Mac. Previous experiences with Windows made me dread it. First experience on the Mac made me find it easy. :)
 

frankly

macrumors 6502a
May 6, 2003
637
66
Backup has NEVER worked for me on any of my machines without crashing. I have faithfully tried every version of this crappy software and every version has crashed just like those before it.

Frank
 

kcmac

macrumors 6502
May 22, 2002
466
6
I wish backup would backup everything. It doesn't so I don't use it.

Can disk utility do this?
 

Awimoway

macrumors 68000
Sep 13, 2002
1,506
24
California
I wish Backup would let me set up multiple backup sets, but I use it anyway. It's not ultra-stable, but it's functional.
 

MacFan25

macrumors 68000
Jan 5, 2003
1,624
0
USA
Will download later...glad to see Apple continually improving .Mac, especially with all those freebies they've been giving away lately.
 

daver969

macrumors newbie
May 11, 2004
18
0
Monterey, CA
Backup for me is just so-so. It's nice to automate backups, but it's pretty flaky and buggy still, and not very feature-rich. It's good to see an update, but it doesn't give us much info on what it actually fixes. I suspect Backup is just a back burner project that won't really go anywhere.
 

kcmac

macrumors 6502
May 22, 2002
466
6
MacFan25 said:
Will download later...glad to see Apple continually improving .Mac, especially with all those freebies they've been giving away lately.

I think you forgot the sarcasm thingy. What freebies? Two months with nothing AFAIK.
 

Schmittroth

macrumors regular
Dec 6, 2003
200
0
NYC, Astoria-Queens
So what is the best backup program?

My ideal program would be able to handle the following situation. A complete backup made from my laptop wirelessly to another Mac with an external Firewire HD. I'd like a complete identical copy of my laptops current HD. No archiving necessary, no old versions. It should also be bootable (not necessarily over the network of course). Scheduling would be nice too.

The best solution I've got so far is Copy Carbon Cloner, but it doesn't have network or scheduling options. Very good at making complete, including hidden files, copies. It's essentially a GUI for old UNIX commands that I'm not about to try and learn. They are pretty basic commands from what I gather though.
 

flyfish29

macrumors 68020
Feb 4, 2003
2,173
4
New HAMpshire
For me, backup allows me to backup all my documents, playlists, calendars, etc. without having to think twice about anything. I don't need it to backup everything. I backup my photos and music to CD or DVD and just do that every so often. I think it is a great program for the average mac home user who wants to backup their quicken, appleworks, word, etc. docs so if they screw up their computer they don't have to worry about losing their stuff they can't recreate easily. Software can always be reinstalled, preferences can be reset, but it is a lot of work to redo documents that are created by the user. I know I personally have thousands of documents from teaching (tests, worksheets, projects, plays, etc.) that I would never want to have to recreate or retype in to edit them for the next school year.

will install it soon, when I get a chance.

Johnny
 

zeligprod

macrumors newbie
Jun 23, 2003
1
0
Paris, France
Schmittroth said:
So what is the best backup program?

My ideal program would be able to handle the following situation. A complete backup made from my laptop wirelessly to another Mac with an external Firewire HD. I'd like a complete identical copy of my laptops current HD. No archiving necessary, no old versions. It should also be bootable (not necessarily over the network of course). Scheduling would be nice too.

The best solution I've got so far is Copy Carbon Cloner, but it doesn't have network or scheduling options. Very good at making complete, including hidden files, copies. It's essentially a GUI for old UNIX commands that I'm not about to try and learn. They are pretty basic commands from what I gather though.

I use Synchronize proX. It does everything you ask for (i'm not entirely sure about making the backup bootable, though) and you can configure it to your hearts content (sheduling, running applescripts before and/or after, dealing with permissions and invisible file) I use it to backup my home directory everytime I plug-in a specific external HD.

Give it a try,

Alex
 

ElGreco

macrumors newbie
May 29, 2001
28
0
Carbon Copy Cloner

Even though I've got a .mac subscription I never really got to like Backup. Instead I use Carbon Copy Cloner. It's nice, cheap (only $5, educational version is free) and never ever corrupted anything. Okay, it doesn't offer many possibilities when it comes to Backing up data. But it can make a bootable 1:1 copy of any OS X system. And that is exactly what I need. I copy my system to a hard drive the same size as my internal one every other night. That's it. If you need to backup your most important data more than once a day, CCC evidently is not for you. But if you don't...

Best wishes from Germany,
Roman
 
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