1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 29, 2011 9:40 AM by Kappy
DClawyermama Level 1 Level 1

I need to back up my MacBook Pro.  Most of my music, mail & photos are safe, b/c they're also on my ipad.  But I am worried about all the home movies I've taken of my kids, which take up more space than I have on my ipad.  If I upgrade to Lion OS, will these be saved somewhere in the cloud?  Or do I need to purchase an external hard drive & use Time Machine?  I'm looking more the most cost-effective solution.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Basic Backup


    Get an external drive at least equal in size to the internal hard drive and make (and maintain) a bootable clone/backup. You can make a bootable clone using the Restore option of Disk Utility. You can also make and maintain clones with good backup software. My personal recommendations are (order is not significant):


    Carbon Copy Cloner

    Data Backup

    Deja Vu


    Synk Pro



    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on backup and restore.  Also read How to Back Up and Restore Your Files.


    Although you can buy a complete external drive system, you can also put one together if you are so inclined.  It's relatively easy and only requires a Phillips head screwdriver (typically.)  You can purchase hard drives separately.  This gives you an opportunity to shop for the best prices on a hard drive of your choice.  Reliable brands include Seagate, Hitachi, Western Digital, Toshiba, and Fujitsu.  You can find reviews and benchmarks on many drives at Storage Review.


    Enclosures for FireWire and USB are readily available.  You can find only FireWire enclosures, only USB enclosures, and enclosures that feature multiple ports.  I would stress getting enclosures that use the Oxford chipsets especially for Firewire drives (911, 921, 922, for example.)  You can find enclosures at places such as;


    Cool Drives



    Firewire Direct

    California Drives



    All you need do is remove a case cover, mount the hard drive in the enclosure and connect the cables, then re-attach the case cover.  Usually the only tool required is a small or medium Phillips screwdriver.