How do i back up my files?

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  1. JordanLB23 macrumors regular

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    going to genius bar this weekend to fix my logic board / video card


    how doi back up my files?
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    there are a number of ways really.

    1. just grab all of your files and copy them to an external hard drive

    2. use Time Machine (available on every mac) to backup everything

    3. use a cloning program (CarbonCopy Cloner etc) to make an exact copy of your whole entire drive.

    what would you rather?
     
  3. man02195 macrumors regular

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    Do you have external drive?
    Flash drive?

    What's the size of your personal folders, documents, movies, music, pictures, etc? Depending on how large, that will determine what you'll need to back them up.

    Time machine is easiest, and built in, just go buy external usb or fw hd
     
  4. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    im trying to use time machine but it says i have no wireless airport or something when i do?

    my internet is working fine wireless
     
  5. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    and when i try to choose backup disc there are none
     
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    You need an external device to back up to, for example a USB flash drive or an external USB or Firewire HD.
     
  8. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    is it worthwhile to buy one when im getting my 8600 vid card fixed for my mbp?

    i mean they arent cheap
     
  9. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    By the way, another option is to get offsite storage such as dropbox. If you don't have an external drive, you can rent 100's of gigabytes for one month for something like 10 dollars per 100 GB. Or, if you have <2GB of critically important data such as photos, documents, etc., you can just upload all the critical files for free:

    https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTYzMDc1NzI5

    I'd recommend this to people even if they have an external drive. I thought it was overkill but recently I lost my time machine drive and luckily I had all my photos and videos saved off site at dropbox for free. By the way, clicking the above link gives you (and me) an extra 250MB free. :)
     
  10. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    what can i expect from the genius bar from apple?
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Wirelessly posted (nokia e63: Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.2; U; Series60/3.1 NokiaE63-1/100.21.110; Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 ) AppleWebKit/413 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/413)

    pretty much they would just recommend time machine + an external hdd and try u to buy one from there.
     
  12. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i ment them helping me solve the problem, their service is it good etc?

    how long will it take, how long do i wait etc
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh. it will roughly take 2-3hrs to do the backup. the apple staff are very helpful, you will probably have to make a booking before going in though as they can be very busy sometimes.
     
  14. SaaGua macrumors member

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    Does anyone know how to back up the "Secure Notes" in Keychain?

    I have dozens of secure notes that I would like to transfer to my new machine.

    I have an old Powerbook so Time machine is not an option for me.
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    there should be a ".keychain" file somewhere...(in the user profile). thats what a quick google tells me :)
     

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