Identifying backup hardware that matches your needs and budget
Understanding the pros and cons of Time Machine, including nine situations where you'll want to go beyond Time Machine
Setting up your backup drive (or Time Capsule)
Configuring Time Machine
Making a bootable duplicate
Storing a backup offsite
Recovering your data
You'll also get tips for setting up ChronoSync, CrashPlan, Data Backup, QRecall, Retrospect, and Synk; find out how an online sync is (and isn't) like a backup; and find coupons for 10% off CrashPlan and a $30 discount on Data Backup.
In this book, you'll find answers to questions such as these:
How can I get the maximum benefit from Time Machine?
What features should I look for in an external backup drive? And, should I use a Time Capsule, Apple's all-in-one Wi-Fi router and backup appliance?
Should I use an online "cloud" backup service, such as Backblaze, CrashPlan, or JungleDisk?
Should I use USB or FireWire to connect my backup drive?
What's a versioned backup, and why should I care?
Why is having a bootable duplicate important?
How can I easily and effectively keep an offsite backup?
Time Machine is acting strangely. What should I do?
How do I migrate existing backups to a Time Capsule?
What's the difference between an online sync and a backup?
Joe Kissell has written numerous books about the Macintosh, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS, contributes frequently to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry. Joe Kissell joined the TidBITS staff in 2006 as Senior Editor and currently lives in Paris. He has written more than a dozen Take Control ebooks, including the best- selling Take Control of Mac OS X Backups. He's also the author of numerous print books about Mac OS X and a frequent contributor to Macworld magazine. Joe runs a business called alt concepts, which publishes such Web sites as Interesting Thing of the Day and Truffles for Breakfast.