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SuperDuper - Backup made super simple
Authored by: barrysharp on Mar 15, '06 06:11:56PM

On my Power Mac G5 I've been using SuperDuper for some time now and will agree with everything mentioned here so far. I use it once per week on a Sunday at around 2am to clone my internal boot HD to and external FW800 drive. This is my main backup for recovering from fatal boot HD errors. The "smart update" goes super fast. I have SD sleep my computer after it completes. I like the fact that SD can be told to correct permissions before doing the "smart update".

I choose 2am for most backups as I have configured my computer to wakeup at 2am every day and go back to sleep after 1 hour of inactivity.

Each day at 2am I use my .Mac Backup 3 to backup my Home folder to two different FW400 drives. This is recycled once per month as BU3 performs an inital Base followed by Incrementals.

Each week at 2am on Sat I use BU3 to backup my Mail to iDisk and to a FW800 drive. My mail is important to me.

My Quicken is set up to always backup its data to iDisk when I quit. I do this for offsite protection and to recover it quickly if I mess up one day.

One per month I backup my complete iPhoto Library to DVD DLs - so far it takes just one DVD DL at around 8 GB.

Multiple backups of same data to different devices is prudent IMO. Having important data in an offsite location is also important IMO.

I use SD for my wife's iBook to clone its boot drive to an external pocket-sized 40 GB FW400 device each Sunday at 9pm. Wife always leaves the iBook lid open until around bedtime which on a Sunday is normally after 9pm. I chose 9pm as this gives me time to check that it ran (assuming I remember to check it). If lid is closed then automatic backups cannot be run. I use BU3 to backup her Mail every week to her .Mac iDisk and recycle this every 3 months.

Regards... Barry Sharp

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