What in ~/Library needs to be backed up?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bigwig, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. bigwig macrumors 6502a

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    I assume most of it doesn't really need backup because they would be recreated on a reinstall. I'm most interesting in backup in user data. So far I have:

    Application Support
    Calendars
    Keychains
    Mail
    PreferencePanes
    Preferences
    Safari
    Thunderbird
    Widgets
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I would back it all up to be honest. If you're that constrained with space, then get a larger drive, storage is cheap
     
  3. bigwig thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My primary backup has plenty of space. My secondary backup (Dropbox) doesn't.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    I would backup everything except Caches, which would be recreated. Just skimming through there, every folder has some sort of setting you would want to keep, or is just empty anyway so won't take much space.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Question:
    "What in ~/Library needs to be backed up?"

    Answer:
    Everything.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Absolutely. What if you were told to backu x, y, and z and then 6 months later you found out you also needed v?
     
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Not w? ;)

    Fingers crossed. I "back up" files that I create only. (copy Documents to a flash drive)
     

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