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Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac

Book Description

Read along as backup guru Joe Kissell helps you pick the best backup strategy for your needs and understand the hows and whys of what you are doing, taking you far beyond the limited security of turning on Time Machine or copying a few files to a flash drive.

You'll learn the three key parts of a successful backup strategy, advice for backing up digital photos and massive video projects, and time-tested recommendations for setting up, testing, maintaining, and restoring backups. Whether you're running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, or 10.5 Leopard, you'll soon have a reliable, up-to-date backup system.

Includes coupons worth $30 off Data Backup and 10% off CrashPlan!

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in This Book
    4. Finding the Online Appendixes
  2. Introduction
  3. Mac Backups Quick Start
  4. Plan a Backup Strategy
    1. Understand Joe’s Basic Backup Strategy
    2. Why Create Versioned Backups?
    3. Why Create Bootable Duplicates?
    4. Why Use an External Hard Drive?
    5. Why Use Multiple Partitions?
    6. Why Automate Backups?
    7. Why Keep Multiple Backups?
    8. Why Store Backups Offsite?
  5. Reassess Your Backup Strategy
    1. What’s New in the World of Backups
    2. Factors to Reevaluate
  6. Choose a Versioned Backup Program
    1. Decide If Time Machine Is Right for You
    2. Explore Backup Software Features
    3. Choose Another Versioned Backup Program
  7. Pick a Hard Drive
    1. Decide on Capacity
    2. Choose an Interface (or Several)
    3. Consider Other Factors
    4. Decide Whether to Buy a Time Capsule
    5. Decide How Many Drives to Buy
    6. Find a Good Deal on Hard Drives
  8. 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
  9. Configure and Use Time Machine
    1. Choose a Destination
    2. Exclude Files from Time Machine
    3. Restore Data with Time Machine
    4. Delete Files from a Time Machine Backup
    5. Encrypt Your Time Machine Backup
    6. Use a Single Backup Disk with Multiple Macs
    7. Use Multiple Backup Disks with a Single Mac
    8. Manage Your Time Machine Schedule
    9. Migrate to a Larger Time Machine Disk
    10. Avoid (or Solve) Time Machine Problems
    11. Live Dangerously: Hack Time Machine
  10. Use Other Versioned Backup Software
    1. ChronoSync Tips
    2. CrashPlan Tips
    3. Data Backup Tips
    4. QRecall Tips
    5. Retrospect Tips
    6. Synk Tips
    7. Test Your Versioned Backup
  11. Create a Bootable Duplicate
    1. Set Ownership on the Destination Volume
    2. Create a Duplicate with SuperDuper
    3. Create a Duplicate with Carbon Copy Cloner
    4. Test Your Duplicate
    5. What to Do When Your Disks Fill Up
  12. Store an Extra Backup Offsite
    1. Use an Extra Hard Drive
    2. Use an Internet Backup Service
    3. Use an Offsite Time Machine Service
  13. What to Do When Disaster Strikes
    1. Restore Individual Files
    2. Use Your Bootable Duplicate
    3. Restore a Disk from a Bootable Duplicate
  14. Consider Special Backup Needs
    1. Digital Photos
    2. Dealing with Huge Volumes of Data
    3. Version Control
    4. Backing Up a Small Network
    5. Backing Up While on the Road
    6. Windows Files and Volumes
  15. Consider Other Hardware Options
    1. Alternative Hard Drive Options
    2. RAIDs and RAID-like Tech
    3. Network Storage Devices
    4. Local Network Servers
    5. Hardware You (Probably) Shouldn’t Consider and Why
  16. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. Author’s Acknowledgements
    4. Shameless Plug
    5. About the Publisher
  17. Copyright and Fine Print
  18. Featured Titles
  19. CrashPlan Coupon
  20. Data Backup Coupon