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how do you back up data on your home computer?

I have a user at work with a MacBook laptop who uses Time Machine.
I had to help her once to restore her local Entourage mail folders, as
when she removed the old mail account from our old mail server when
the server was decommissioned, Entourage decided to delete all her
local mail folders as well.

The first two attempts failed to retrieve the local folders, but I think I had
figured out the problem, and we started a third attempt. At that point
Time Machine wouldn't let us access the backups until it "cleaned up".

In order to free up space for the two failed restores that we deleted,
it decided to silently delete the backups we were trying to restore from,
before letting us restore from them. She had had Time Machine backups
dating back about four months, and after Time Machine did its cleanup,
her backups only went back 12 hours.

Needless to say, I was not impressed with Time Machine.  Or Entourage,
for that matter.

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM, Jarod Wilson <jarod-ajLrJawYSntWk0Htik3J/w at> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM, eric chadbourne
> <eric.chadbourne-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
>> hi all.
>> a while back i heard somebody say to keep 3 copies of everything. ?so for a
>> while i would have a local copy of my stuff, another copy on an external
>> hard drive and a third copy on dvd+r. ?(i still have this set up for my
>> music and movies.) ?anyway, i wanted to do something different for my
>> documents. ?it's not a lot of stuff, taxes, resumes, passwords, photos,
>> etc... ?so i'm keeping a working copy on my laptop, a copy on a usb drive
>> and a copy in heaven (aka the cloud). ?i just whipped up a little script to
>> do it, see below. ?but i was wondering what some of you guys do?
> Time Machine for my Macs, BackupPC for my Linux boxes. Could just do
> BackupPC for the Macs too, but meh. Time Machine is so nice and easy
> to set up, and gives you the option to do a full restore install with
> almost no effort.
> --
> Jarod Wilson
> jarod-ajLrJawYSntWk0Htik3J/w at
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