Which files should I back up?

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  1. mnya, Dec 26, 2012
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    mnya macrumors member

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    Sorry if it's a stupid question, but I want to know if I can pick which files to back up on my Mac.
    I just don't have much space on my external hard drive.
    I know I should back up pictures, movies, music, documents, etc... but do people usually need to back up their entire HD? I want to know if there are files I can skip, such as stuff in the "system?"
     
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    Depending on what you want to backup (entire system or only your files and settings), you could just use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper! to clone just your home directory (Macintosh HD / Users / YOU) to the external HDD, which will not backup any applications or system wide settings though.

    What about getting a dedicated backup HDD?
     
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