[OS X TeX] OT: Backup software
Alexander.Hamann at stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de
Tue Oct 10 09:05:50 CEST 2006
Am 10.10.2006 um 02:21 schrieb Gary L. Gray:
> On Oct 9, 2006, at 7:56 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
> Hi Alain.
> Most changes (on a scale of minutes or hours) occur in my home
> directory, I back it up every hour or two (it depends on what
> external drive I am connected to) using ChronoSync. I do this to a
> portable drive that I always carry with me when I am not in my
> office and I do it to a large external drive when I am at my
> office. To make sure I have a fully bootable clone, I clone my
> entire disk daily using SuperDuper! to a drive I have at home.
> Chronosync is very configurable and is easy to set up and
> configure. I have different backup schedules for each of the above-
> mentioned drives and if the drive isn't there when ChronoSync wants
> it, it just moves on. You can also set ChronoSync to archive
> deleted or changed files and it will keep as many copies as you
> like for as long as you like.
> As for SuperDuper!, it has always gotten fantastic reviews and the
> developers are very helpful. It is the only cloning software I
> would use and is incredibly easy to use.
The same is true for Intego´s Personal Backup. You should get it
cheaper by first using the trial version and then upgrading it. I´ve
been using it for quite some time and am perfectly happy with its
cloning and archiving capabilities. It is, however, also not a
substitute for a version control.
> I should add that each clone operation in SD! takes about 5 minutes
> after the first one (which takes about 90-120 minutes) and each
> scheduled backup in ChronoSync takes about 5-6 minutes and I am
> usually not even aware that it is happening.
> The thing that I like about my backup routine is that home
> directory backups are never more than an hour or two old and a
> complete restore is never more than a day old. If my drive were to
> die right now, I would copy the most recent backup of my home
> directory to the clone and then boot from the clone. The only
> reason it wouldn't be immediate is that it would take a while to
> copy the many 10s of GBs from the home backup to the clone.
> I hope this helps.
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