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Old Nov 13th, 2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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Backup confusion. Am I the only one?

Backing up -some content- to .Mac. Backing up with Time Machine. Backing up a particular user's prefs and documents. Cloning? Automatic back up; manual backup... One external hard disk or one for each Mac? Can Time Machine replace all previous practices (for those who did back up)? What about backing up to .Mac with Apple's BackUp app. Still needed?

Now that the new cat is out with its neat Time Machine feature I'm sure that a refresher on backups will help many souls out there who are desperate to make sure that all these new tools are put to an effective use. And that all our files are safe!

So, if I may suggest this effort from the community, what about putting information under this thread to help the confused ones --those that are nowhere near being a network professional or being powerful power users-- with figuring out the most appropriate hardware and software setups and best backup practices ?

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Here are some situations I suggest we consider. In each case, what would be the best backup solution and practice.

A. One Mac, one user, low volume of data (a regular mom and pop user?)
B. One Mac, one user, tons of data (photos, music, or work files)
C. One mac, many users (or should I say many users on one Mac)
D. Many Macs and many users involving wireless connectivity

If you think this thread is a good idea : contribute with your fine posts. If not, please just move on to the next thread!

(...boy wouldn't a wiki be best for this?)

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Old Nov 13th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #2
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Great suggestion. May I add, that to make this truly effective, let's make it collaborative by pooling together best practices effectively to end up with a single 'howto' document.
Often, in a forum, a thread such as this will have many different useful inputs but will fizzle and die without a comprehensive doc as an end result.
I will certainly volunteer some time to pull that together but will need you good people to help review.

I would suggest we look at 2 programs: TM and superDuper as commonly desired and used backup programs.
Consider criteria such as 'system backup' - for core system recovery.
'data backup' for any additional high volume data that needs backup.
Help define acceptable lost data that is not backed up - not everyone wants to backup everything.
Consider multiple system backup (for a home network).
Consider storage requirements.
Consider direct attached or LAN backups.

Classify the user community:
- we're primarily looking at home system backups, not necessarily SOHO, though many of the same principles may apply.
- some estimation of cost.
- some estimation of growth.
- recommendations on backup hardware.
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