12. Set Up Your Backup System

You’ve laid out a backup strategy, procured the necessary hardware and software, and now have a stack of boxes, cables, and discs on your desk. Now what? Time to set everything up, run your first backups, and verify that they work the way you were expecting. Because I don’t know which hardware and software you’ve selected, I can’t give you detailed instructions for installation and setup. However, I want to outline some procedures you should always follow.

Test Hardware First

If you’ve purchased hard drives or other external devices, connect them and make sure your computer can write to and read from them before installing your backup software. Although I’ve seen a few cases in which a backup application can communicate ...

Get Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.