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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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Date:February 3rd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
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. :>
Date:February 3rd, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
1. Time Machine. It Just Works, and painlessly.
2. Start with O'Reilly's "Mac OSX Snow Leopard Pocket Guide"
You probably won't need more than that. If you do, "Mac OSX Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual"

Yeah, I like O'Reilly books...