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Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard

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Your guide to making easy and reliable backups in Leopard! Backup guru Joe Kissell teaches you the fastest and easiest way to create a complete Leopard backup system from which you can restore your data after an accident or disaster-including archives, an all-important bootable duplicate, and an offsite backup. Joe helps you identify the backup hardware that best matches your needs and budget (including a look at Time Capsule-Apple's backup appliance), and he provides instructions for using Time Machine as well as alternatives for eight cases where Time Machine won't provide the backups you need. Joe walks you through every step of the way, from setting up your backup drive or Time Capsule to explaining clearly how to recover your precious data in case of a deleted or corrupted file, a dead hard drive, or a stolen laptop. In this book, you'll find answers to questions such as these:

  • How can I get the maximum benefit from Time Machine?

  • Is Time Machine appropriate for backing up multiple Macs?

  • What's an archive, and why should I care?

  • Why is having a bootable duplicate important?

  • How can I easily and effectively keep an offsite backup?

  • What features should I look for in an external backup drive?

  • Should I use USB or FireWire to connect my backup drive?

  • Time Machine is acting strangely. What should I do?

  • How do I migrate existing backups to a Time Capsule?

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Basics
      3. What's New in This Version
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Quick Start to Easy Backups in Leopard
    4. 2. Understand Joe’s Basic Backup Strategy
      1. Why Create Archives?
      2. Why Create Bootable Duplicates?
      3. Why Use an External Hard Drive?
      4. Why Use Multiple Partitions?
      5. Why Store Backups Offsite?
    5. 3. Decide If Time Machine Is Right For You
      1. Choose Another Archiving Program
        1. CrashPlan Pro
        2. Data Backup 3
        3. LifeAgent
        4. QRecall
        5. Retrospect
    6. 4. Pick a Hard Drive
      1. Decide on Capacity
        1. Duplicate size
        2. Archive size
        3. Total size
      2. Choose an Interface (or Several)
      3. Consider Other Factors
      4. Should You Buy a Time Capsule?
      5. Decide How Many Drives to Buy
      6. Find a Good Deal on Hard Drives
    7. 5. Prepare your Hard Drive
      1. Choose a Partition Map Scheme
      2. Decide How Many Partitions to Make
      3. Configure Your Drive
      4. Choose Local or Network Backups
        1. Local backups
        2. Network backups
    8. 6. Set Up and Use Time Machine
      1. Check Your Computer's Name
      2. Choose a Destination
        1. Find missing volumes
      3. Exclude Files from Time Machine
        1. Items to consider excluding
      4. Restore Data with Time Machine
        1. Restore files and folders in the Finder
        2. Restore files and folders using Spotlight
        3. Restore data within applications
          1. Address Book
          2. iPhoto
          3. Mail
        4. Restore files from another Time Machine backup
        5. Restore files without Time Machine
      5. Delete Files from a Time Machine Backup
        1. Delete an entire snapshot
        2. Delete all instances of a single file
      6. Use a Single Backup Disk with Multiple Macs
      7. Use Multiple Backup Disks with a Single Mac
      8. Manage Your Time Machine Schedule
        1. Run Time Machine manually
      9. Avoid (or Solve) Time Machine Problems
        1. Remount network volumes
        2. Plug in your laptop
        3. Avoid conflicts with virus scanners
        4. Find out what Time Machine is really up to
        5. Avoid running Time Machine when applications have large files open
        6. Understand limitations of Time Machine with FileVault
        7. Purge deleted applications from Time Machine
        8. Convince Time Machine to use the right disk
      10. Live Dangerously: Hack Time Machine
        1. Modify the hourly backup interval
        2. Use unsupported network volumes
        3. Increase wireless network throughput
    9. 7. Set Up and Use Other Archiving Software
      1. CrashPlan Pro Tips
      2. Data Backup Tips
      3. LifeAgent Tips
      4. QRecall Tips
      5. Retrospect Tips
    10. 8. Create a Bootable Duplicate
      1. Create a Duplicate with SuperDuper
      2. Create a Duplicate with Carbon Copy Cloner
      3. Test Your Duplicate
    11. 9. Store an Extra Backup Offsite
      1. Use a Second Hard Drive
      2. Use an Internet Backup Service
        1. BackJack Continuum
        2. CrashPlan
        3. MozyHome
      3. Use Transport
    12. 10. What to Do When Disaster Strikes
      1. Restore Individual Files
      2. Use Your Bootable Duplicate
      3. Restore a Complete Disk
        1. Restore a disk using Time Machine
        2. Restore a disk from a bootable duplicate
    13. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgements
      3. Shameless Plugs
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits