The basics of backing-up to an external hard drive?

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

    BoyBach

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    (I'm about to buy a 120GB external hard drive (firewire) that I plan to use to back-up my iTunes library, iPhoto library and Word & Excel documents.)

    What are the basics that I need to know about backing-up important files and documents to an external hard drive?

    What software will I need, if any? (I have Backup 3.1.1 as part of the dotMac subscription.)

    How often would you recommend that I back-up?

    All suggestions, advice and tips will be gratefully received.

    Thanks, Andrew
     
  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    click and drag.

    Yes there is software available, but I prefer to do in manually.
     
  3. BoyBach thread starter macrumors 68040

    BoyBach

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    It's that simple?
     
  4. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    Sure is.
     
  5. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    I just drag files and folders, but there are lots of backup programs that will just update your changed files. (silverkeeper, superduper, smartbackup)

    -T
     
  6. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    yep, you are your own wizard.
     

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