What would be the best way to back up my Laptop?

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  1. A1SteakSauce macrumors member

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    I have a MB Pro and I was wondering what would be the best way to back up my computer. I heard about iDrive. Would iDrive be a good way to back up my comp? Would you suggest something else?
     
  2. greenythebeast macrumors regular

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  3. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go with CCC for a whole disk image. There are other alternatives out there that some people prefer and that's fine but CCC works for me.

    If you're after backing up certain files in particular rather than wanting an image of the whole disk, don't overlook time machine. It's there and it might not be perfect but it works well enough. I use a combination of both.
     
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    +1 Works great.
     
  7. jensepollense macrumors regular

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    this brings up a question that i've had for a while.
    say im backing up my computer with time machine right now, and buy a new computer soon. can i just use the backups time machine has been making to put all the stuff from my old computer on the new one?
    thanks
     
  8. jaysinnva macrumors member

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    Yes. I upgraded from a 12" PowerBook G4 to a 2.4 Penryn MBP. When I booted up the MBP for the first time it asked if I wanted to import files from a Time Machine backup. I told it to, and it loaded absolutely everything, and I was ready to go. Easy as pie.
     
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  10. ragsmac macrumors newbie

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    If you are looking for online backup, then IDrive is probably the best solution. IDrive Pro plan for personal use is $4.95/month for 150GB of storage.

    If you are looking for faster onsite backup, then time machine is a better bet.
     
  11. A1SteakSauce thread starter macrumors member

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    What do I need to use Time Machine? Do I have to buy anything extra?
     
  12. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Just an external HD.
     
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  14. A1SteakSauce thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry I'm new at this. Can you explain what CCC is?
     
  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Carbon Copy Cloner
     
  16. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    Carbon Copy Cloner, though I use SuperDuper! and find it works great.

    I prefer to have a bootable clone, and backup once a week.

    Other files and things I use iDisk, external hard drives and the like. Not fond of time machine - though I can see the use of it, if I was using it on a desktop at work or something.
     

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