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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups by Joe Kissell

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Chapter 2. Decide on a Basic Backup Strategy

For years, I've preached that you shouldn't make decisions about backing up your computer based on what hardware or software you already own. Instead, I've maintained, you should think about your needs first, then develop a strategy based on those needs, and finally choose hardware and software that fits your strategy.

I still believe that, but with the release of Leopard, I've realized I should modify my advice a bit. Since Leopard already contains Time Machine, a capable and easy-to-use backup program, that will naturally be the starting point for many people—which is fine. Even if it's a foregone conclusion that you'll use Time Machine, though, I recommend thinking through every aspect of your backup ...

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