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Authored by: Eravau on Sep 07, '04 11:35:39AM

I do it yearly...but feel guilty about it. The "Macs never crash" option is also a good one...and fairly true. The OS may not crash...but hardware does I found out when my iBook's hard drive froze up and died a few months ago. Backup is definately a must...even with a stable OS...because you may get the one in a thousand hard drive that dies.

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25% of polled never backup!
Authored by: dschwar1 on Sep 10, '04 12:50:04PM

Looks like about 25% never backup their files. Those folks are definitely living on the edge --

I'd recommend SILVERKEEPER for nightly backups to an external USB hard drive, as I have on my machine. It's free, allows you to do backups at 2 in the morning, even in SLEEP mode, without turning on your monitor or whatever. I only found this option after experimenting with many different backup programs -- this one is clearly the best.

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EVERY hard drive dies
Authored by: brandondrew on Sep 17, '04 03:20:19PM

True, I do have some old Conner drives from very old Macs, and they're still working. But it would be just a matter of time before they died if I kept using them. ALL drives die, eventually. This is the reality. It's best to face up to it and use RAID for your very important files.

Fortunately, OS X makes it easy to use software RAID (though that slows things down a bit) and if you're not using an iMac then you have plenty of room for extra drives. I put all project files (which change constantly and are very valuable) on a pair of mirrored drives, and run the system and have most other stuff on a single non-RAID drive. This way the slight delay only affects saving these files, and doesn't affect swapping or using the system.

Brandon Z

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