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Mac OS by Paul McFedries

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36. Backing Up Your Mac

Backing Up Your System

If you use a computer, at some point, your system will crash, a disk will fail, you’ll delete files that you really didn’t intend to, or some other problem will occur and you will lose data you would rather not lose—maybe not today or tomorrow, but it is the inevitable nightmare. Think of the information you have on your Mac at this very moment that would be difficult—if not impossible—to reconstruct if your computer destroyed it. This data might be a report for work, a school project, your tax information, a complex spreadsheet, or even the great American novel on which you have been working. To be more specific, think about all the content you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store. If you lose that ...

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