Help with backing up

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by geekygoddess, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. geekygoddess macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2008
    I must admit, I'm not someone who normally backs up.:eek: But I am trying to change my evil ways. Can anyone recommend a good external back up for someone who knows absolutely nothing about backing up. Thanks.
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    do you already have an external drive? if not i recommend an OWC Mercury Elite Pro or a Western Digital MyBook. make sure it bigger than your main hard drive. double the size of your hard drive or more is recommended for Time Machine.

    youve got a few choices. you can just do a manual backup where you just drag and drop documents, music, videos etc to the external or drag and drop your whole home folder to backup your preferences and application settings as well as your files.

    you can clone your whole hard drive to your external using Carbon Copy Cloner (free) or SuperDuper! (licensed)

    or if you have Leopard you can use Time Machine which pretty much clones you hard drive to your external but skips useless files like caches. you can also exclude files or folders from a Time Machine backup if you want. make sure your external is empty when you start a Time Machine backup as it formats it to HFS+.
  3. wesrk macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
    I was wondering this same thing, I've never used Time Machine before and those were some of the same questions I had. Thanks a lot.
  4. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
  5. geekygoddess thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Thanks everyone for your help. I am going to start backing up as soon as possible:)

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