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Question for Mac Heads - RonO's Ramblings

Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:46 am Question for Mac Heads

As I mentioned the other day, I've got a new Mac Mini on order ("Prepared for Shipment" as of last night, finally). So I now have some questions for more experienced Mac people out there.

1: Any recommendations for the best tool to create a full backup of the system? At the moment the likely target for backups will be the existing network storage unit (which was about half full until I reorganized my iTunes directory and caused my nightly incremental on the Linux box to grow, but should be around there once the new full backup is done replacing a month's worth of incremental backups). But I shortly may move to a directly connected external that I'd like to set up as a potential emergency boot disk as well.

2: Any recommendations for a good reference book on Mac and OS X for someone whose used *nix for 26 years.

Thank you in advance.

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From:aeto
Date:February 3rd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Especially for directly connected volumes, the built-in Time Machine service is very good. You can't boot off it, but if you have a failure, you can boot off the CD, it will see the volume, and rebuild the system from the backup automatically.

I've had to do a recovery this way (from a failed HD), and it was entirely painless.

Don't have a good book reference; when I made the same transition, I just trusted in Google. :>
From:lonotter
Date:February 3rd, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
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1. Time Machine. It Just Works, and painlessly.
2. Start with O'Reilly's "Mac OSX Snow Leopard Pocket Guide"
http://search.oreilly.com/?q=mac+os+x+snow+leopard+pocket+guide
You probably won't need more than that. If you do, "Mac OSX Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual"
http://search.oreilly.com/?q=mac+os+x+snow+leopard%3A+the+missing+manual

Yeah, I like O'Reilly books...