Choose Local or Network Backups

Before you go too far in designing a backup plan, you should take a moment to ponder whether you’ll back up to a local storage device (that is, one connected directly to a Mac with a cable) or to a device located somewhere else on your (wired or wireless) network—or both.

In years past, I assumed that in most cases, each Mac would have one or more backup drives of its own, and that network backups were mainly for locations with more than a few Macs or with exceptional backup needs of some sort. Now, however, the decision seems less obvious, and network-based backups of one sort or another seem like a good fit for a wider range of people.

In this brief chapter, I help you think through the pros and cons of both ...

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