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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials by Kevin M. White

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Lesson 17. File Archives

Goals

• Create and open archive files via Finder

• Create and manage disk images

Archiving and backup are both synonymous with copying data to another location for safekeeping, yet in the context of this guide, they are different processes serving different purposes. In OS X, archiving is typically a manual process that involves creating compressed copies of selected data. Archive formats are efficient from a storage and data transfer perspective, but they generally require user interaction.

While backup is detailed in Lesson 18, “Time Machine,” this lesson focuses on the archive technologies in OS X: zip archives and disk images. This lesson compares the benefits of each archive technology and then guides you through ...

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