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?)