I have recently purchased a 15" MacBook Pro, and I would like to know how to back it up. This morning i went out and bought this: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/freeagent/portable-hard-drive/ I have transfered all of my photos into iPhoto. This is probably my main concern for backing up data. Previously, with my former PC I organized my photos with a folder system I devised. Anyhow, I have not plugged the external drive in yet. I will only be using this drive with my Mac. I plan to keep this hard drive off site, and use it to back up once a month or so. My questions are as follows: 1. The directions on the Sea Gate drive state that there is software I will need to install. Will I actually need to install that if I plan to use Time Machine? 2. I never having used Time Machine, is it fairly self explanatory? 3. Will Time Machine back up my photos out of iPhoto? Will it retain the organization in iPhoto? 4. When I deem it is time to do a back up, I plug the external drive in, is there anything I will need to do to make the back up begin? 5. Because I am a fairly paranoid person, after a backup, can I see all of my files in the external drive? 6. Is there anything else I should know about backup? Thank you very much!