Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jnguyen4, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. jnguyen4 macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006
    hey guys, i have not reformatted my computer in about over a year. last time i did it was because everything became extremely slow and it would crash about once a day. now its been running smoothly for a while until now. i'm thinking about reformatting the harddrive to start over new. my question is wut is the best way to backup all my pictures and music efficiently. i already burned a dvd of my pictures so i think that is easy enough. for the music... i dunno the best way. and is there anything else i should look out for? thanx a lot guys.
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    If everything is running smoothly why do you want to reformat and start over?
    OS X is not Windows. :p

    I would use a program like SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to make a complete backup to an external HD first. If you're running Leopard you already have Time Machine which will do the same thing.

    SuperDuper is shareware, Carbon Copy Cloner is donation ware.

  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  4. Carrot007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    Many people will probably say "don't do it" but I say why not!

    If you'e got the time and the inclination then there is no problem, and if you do you are probably of the style of the old school of computer users! You like to fiddle with things and don;t mind fixing it when things go wrong. Some people see a re-install as a big scary thing to be avoided. If you are inclined and know what you are doing then why not!

    Anyway here is my backup routine which will certainly show you the sort of user I am.

    1. Open up a teminal window
    2. cd ..
    3. tar -cvjf backup.tbz2 myuserdir

    Then I copy it to another machine I use for backups, but you could just as easily burn it to a disk (though is might need splitting it you have a lot of files!).
  5. catachip macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Yikes! I would probably recommend that people who are not sure about how to backup their files to NOT start with Terminal commands.

    If you have an external hard drive, just drag your Photo, Music, and Pictures folders into your external drive. Also, make sure to backup your iCal, Address Book, Safari Bookmarks, Mailboxes, etc.

    If not, then, I would buy one. You're just throwing money away buying all these DVDs for one time use. Spend the $50 on a cheap hard drive, then you can backup everything and easily restore it.

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