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how do you back up data on your home computer?

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 8:58 PM, John Abreau <jabr-mNDKBlG2WHs at> wrote:
> 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.

Entourage is a steaming pile. But then, what should one expect? Its
main purpose is as an Exchange client... :)

As for Time Machine, I've never had any problems with it, have always
been able to recover what I wanted, so *shrug*. On the flip side, I
know lots of people who love bacula, while I absolutely hated it.
Getting back to Time Machine though, the most common thing I do is a
full restore install -- such as when I restored the install on my MBP
after swapping in an Intel SSD, and then again when I decided to
reformat it with case-sensitive hfs+ so I can actually sanely work on
linux kernel git trees on it... (see linux-2.6/net/ipv4/netfilter/* to
see what I'm talking about...).

> 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.
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