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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups

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Set up a rock-solid backup strategy so that you can restore quickly and completely, no matter what catastrophe arises. In this comprehensive book, backup guru Joe Kissell helps you pick the best backup strategy for your needs and understand the whys and hows of what you are doing, helping you go far beyond the false security of turning on Time Machine or copying a few files to CD. You'll find an at-a-glance comparison of different backup strategies (low-cost, easy, safest), along with advice for backing up digital photos and massive video projects. You'll learn the pros and cons of many types of backup media; discover how to pick the best backup software for your needs; and find time-tested recommendations for setting up, testing, and maintaining backups, complete with the essential instructions on how to restore after a crash.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Mac OS X Backups
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Basics
      3. What's New in This Version
      4. Finding the Online Appendixes
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Quick Start to Mac OS X Backups
    4. 2. Decide on a Basic Backup Strategy
      1. Decide Which Backup Methods to Use
        1. Do you need duplicates?
        2. Do you need archives?
      2. The Duplicate
      3. The Archive
      4. Automating Backups
        1. Schedule-free backups
        2. Scheduled backups
      5. Keeping Multiple Backups
      6. Off-site Backups
      7. Backing Up a Small Network
        1. Network backup approaches
        2. Special considerations
      8. Joe's Recommended Basic Strategy
        1. Duplication strategy
        2. Archive strategy
        3. Off-site storage strategy
    5. 3. Consider Special Backup Needs
      1. Digital Photos
        1. Photo backup strategy
          1. Cataloging software
          2. Photo sharing services
      2. Dealing with Huge Volumes of Data
        1. Video backup strategy
          1. Video data types
          2. Recommendations
        2. Strategy for other large files
          1. Set your cost and storage expectations appropriately
          2. Keep copies of your original files
          3. Back up active projects
      3. Version Control
        1. Version control for programmers
        2. Versomatic for ordinary folk
      4. Backing Up While Traveling
        1. Traveling with a laptop
          1. Local or remote?
          2. Local backups
          3. Remote Backups
        2. Traveling without a laptop
      5. Windows Files and Volumes
        1. Boot Camp
          1. Create archives from a FAT32 partition
          2. Create archives from an NTFS partition
          3. Create and restore duplicates of a FAT32 partition
          4. Create duplicates of an NTFS partition
        2. Virtualization software
    6. 4. Choose Your Hardware
      1. Hard Drives
      2. Hard Drive Virtues
        1. Does size matter?
        2. Choosing a hard drive
      3. RAIDs
        1. Why you might care about a striped RAID
        2. Why you might care about a mirrored RAID
      4. Optical Media
        1. Recordable CDs
        2. Recordable DVDs
        3. Optical media longevity
        4. Final thoughts on optical drives
      5. Network Storage Devices
        1. NAS devices
        2. Time Capsule
        3. NDAS devices
        4. SAN devices
      6. Local Network Servers
      7. Internet Backup Services
        1. Traditional Internet backup services
        2. Modern Internet backup services
        3. BYOS (bring-your-own-software) Internet backups
        4. iDisk
        5. Transport
        6. Pros and cons of Internet backup services
      8. Hardware You Shouldn't Consider and Why
      9. Joe's Hardware Recommendations
    7. 5. Choose Your Software
      1. Backup Software Features
        1. Duplication
        2. Scanning methods
        3. Sources and destinations
        4. Rotation features
        5. File format, compression, and encryption
        6. Block-level updating
        7. Selectors and exclusions
        8. Snapshots and file lists
        9. Ease of restoration
        10. Restoring a full archive as a bootable volume
        11. Ease of use
        12. Support and reputation
        13. Price
      2. Noteworthy Software
        1. Apple Backup
        2. Carbon Copy Cloner
        3. CrashPlan
        4. Data Backup
        5. JungleDisk
        6. QRecall
        7. Retrospect
        8. SuperDuper
        9. Time Machine
      3. Joe's Software Recommendations
        1. For duplicates…
        2. For archives…
        3. For off-site backups…
    8. 6. Set Up Your Backup System
      1. Test Hardware First
      2. Partition Hard Disks
      3. Install and Test Software
      4. Label Media and Files
      5. Set Up and Create Your First Duplicate
        1. Set ownership on the destination volume
        2. Configure your duplication software
        3. Make a duplicate
      6. Test Your Duplicate
      7. Set Up and Create Your First Archives
      8. Test Your Archive
      9. Automate Your Backups
      10. Mind Your Media
        1. Recycling vs. long-term archives
        2. Off-site Storage
          1. Off-site storage
      11. Restore Data from a Backup
        1. Repair or erase your disk
        2. Restore a duplicate
        3. Restore a CD/DVD duplicate onto a hard disk
        4. Restore archived files
    9. 7. Configure and Use Time Machine
      1. Check Your Computer's Name
      2. Set Up Your Time Machine Hardware
      3. Choose a Destination
        1. Find missing volumes
      4. Exclude Files from Time Machine
        1. Items to consider excluding
      5. 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 a disk using Time Machine
        6. Restore files without Time Machine
      6. Delete Files from a Time Machine Backup
        1. Delete an entire snapshot
        2. Delete all instances of a single file
      7. Use a Single Backup Disk with Multiple Macs
      8. Use Multiple Backup Disks with a Single Mac
      9. Manage Your Time Machine Schedule
        1. Run Time Machine manually
      10. 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
      11. Live Dangerously: Hack Time Machine
        1. Modify the hourly backup interval
        2. Use unsupported network volumes
        3. Increase wireless network throughput
    10. A. Unix-Based Backup Systems
      1. Understand Copying Issues
      2. Create (or Borrow) a Script
        1. Scripts for bootable duplicates
        2. Scripts for archives
      3. Schedule a Command-line Backup
      4. Final Thoughts
    11. B. Glossary
    12. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgements
      3. Shameless Plugs
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits