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How to back-up files

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I have an iMac 20" with OS X 10.4.11 and also an external hard drive I use to back up data from other PC's

There are 5 user accounts on the mac and I was trying to figure out how to back up everyone's files.

Can someone explain to me the best way to do a backup?
iMAC 20", Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
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    Jan 5, 2008 12:27 PM (in response to Testemonial MAC convert)
    *Hi T_M, Welcome* to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    You don't say how big the External is or whether it is USB or FW.

    How is it formated? You have some preliminary reading to do by searching on "format" and "backup." You are probably going to want multiple partitions = volumes w some for PCs and some for Macs.

    With multi users and ease of use a clone sounds like your best bet.

    Here are some sites of interest. Note that if you go to Leopard you will find Time Machine is not bootable and takes a lot of room w its sequential BUs.

    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

    Purchase at $27.95 will allow smart backups that look at the bu files and only move over new ones. It's quick at ~7 mins to change ~1 gig out of 20. SD is not yet Leopard ready. It's what I am using.

    Be sure to test that the clone boots and apps behave properly.

    Here are other recommended cloners.

    http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

    http://www.prosofteng.com/products/drivegeniusinfo.php

    http://propagandaprod.com/ for Deja Vu

    Good Luck, JP
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD SuperDuper, Mac OS X (10.4.10), *Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.*
  • elmac Level 5 Level 5 (4,230 points)
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    Jan 5, 2008 12:38 PM (in response to Testemonial MAC convert)
    Hi, I think jp" has just about answered your question, I would consider a 1 t/byte External HD..you can partition for each user...L
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  • elmac Level 5 Level 5 (4,230 points)
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    Jan 5, 2008 3:41 PM (in response to Testemonial MAC convert)
    Hi, with all the Users I would think that the 100gb would possibly (depending on type of files etc) fill up pretty quickly. I have my 2 160gb externals & my main 160gb HD..All 3 are 50% used after about 14 months of use...
    Also the formating for PC & Mac is different - I would Format for Mac & that will allow you to Read & Write to & from files..
    If you have .Mac accounts you can also use iDisk for backup...
    You could also back-up on DVD's (each user) weekly....L
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  • George Peters Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2008 5:09 PM (in response to Testemonial MAC convert)
    You will have to figure out how much space you will need for backing up their files. If all you want to do is backup the user files then all you need to do is copy the "Users" folder to the external. The users folder contains all of their user data, desktop files, and documents. This however does not backup the system or applications. I would recommend that you get a separate hard drive for backing up your Mac users because it's best to have that drive formatted for Mac OS Extended (Journaled). By using a PC formatted drive you risk running into permission errors with your Mac files.

    George
    24" iMac 2.8GHz 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1), xserve G5
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
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    Jan 5, 2008 6:39 PM (in response to Testemonial MAC convert)
    Testemonial MAC convert wrote:
    If I get a separate external drive for the Mac and format it for the mac, what utility do I use to back everything up? I also want to make sure that I back up iTunes music and iPhoto pics etc etc.


    Hi T_M, I gave you the most used, from these forums, cloners in my post above. SD and CCC are probably the most popular but the others have their supporters too. That's where the research via search might prove helpful. I am glad others have chimed in with some details that "half vast," see below, can't keep up with. A bit of "Old Timers Disease" is setting in.

    The value of the clone is that when you have later trouble you can clone back to the main HD relatively easily.

    Good Luck, JP
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD SuperDuper, Mac OS X (10.4.10), *Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.*
  • George Peters Level 4 Level 4 (3,165 points)
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    Jan 5, 2008 7:07 PM (in response to Testemonial MAC convert)
    It's like JP said it's going to depend on how and what you want to do with the backups. Do you want to make manual backups of just the user files or do you want to make a 100% bootable clone of the system? Either of which will backup the iTunes music and iPhoto library. However a bootable clone will probably be easier to restore from unless you know how to restore the users files manually.

    George
    24" iMac 2.8GHz 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1), xserve G5

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