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#21 keithcstone

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 09:04 AM

As an FYI if you have a large external drive formatted for the Mac you can use Disk Utility to create a compressed image of the entire drive. It's also free with the OS, and a disk image will put your machine back exactly the way it was at the time of backup.

 

This has some serious advantages in the event of a catastrophic problem, so I highly recommend everyone create one. Say your hard drive fails, you can replace it and be up in running very quickly, then use Time Machine to get the files you've changed since. No need to reinstall or configure the OS and software. It's about the fastest restore you can get.



#22 Rooty

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:31 PM

Mac works fine with Dropbox but that is NOT a backup service. Use Backblaze for mac cloud backup.

 

For local backup of your entire mac, buy an external drive and turn on the free Time Machine. After the initial backup, you will be backed up hourly for any changed files.

 

Super Duper and the better Carbon Copy Cloner are not good backup choices. If your machine dies and the replacement is different and/or uses a different OS the clone will not work. I learned that the hard way.



#23 Rooty

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:42 AM

RE backup to a USB flash drive. The best way to do this is to buy 3 usb 3 flash drives (Silicon Power from Amazon). Open Disk Utility and format these to wipe out any windows garbage they came with. Use Mac OS journaled unless you need to read them on a Windows pc. then use MS dos format which mac and pc both can read.

 

Let rootsmagic 7 save it's backup file to your mac folder when you quit the program. Your real backup is to select your Documents, Downloads and Pictures folders and copy them to the flash drives. Rotate them every 10 days with one kept offsite (in your car). Simple, fast and cheap. Time machine backups are great but can be stolen or fried along with your computer. Backblaze is an excellent simple cloud backup. Dropbox is a file sharing service and a poor choice for backups.

 

If you are new to computers or the Mac, get a good basic book like Teach yourself visually Mac Sierra or Switching to the Mac Missing manual. One confusing issue you have is that rootsmagic 7 on the mac is not a real mac program and behaves in a clumsy fashion at a real mac program would handle nicely.