[OS X TeX] OT: Backup software
hegewald at cab.bau.tu-bs.de
Tue Oct 10 13:34:57 CEST 2006
Am 10.10.2006 um 12:36 schrieb Bruno Voisin:
> Another concern is size and time: my home directory is about 20 GB,
> and making a full backup with Backup takes already about 2 hours,
> which is why I am not able to do it as often as advisable.
Huh? Aren´t you doing an incremental backup? This should be a lot
faster for only 20GB.
> And even doing a daily incremental backup takes most of my
> PowerBook's CPU while the backup is being performed.
Maybe you can toggle the nice factor for your backup app, so it will
not get in the way. (man nice)
> - With the MacPro in which you can put several hard drives, I think
> I've read somewhere it's possible to create a software RAID with
> these drives. I've no idea how this can be done, or whether it's
> built-in somewhere in OS X or requires 3rd-party software,
it is a Mac OS X featuer. You can use DiskUtility to create a RAID,
even from extern drives.
> but that might also serve as backup.
I can not recommend this, as you can only do a "real time mirror". If
you delete a file by accident, well it´s also gone on the second
> The only problem would be, of course, the fact that all the backups
> would live within the same machine, so that if something bad
> happens to that machine (theft, fire, water, ...) then all the
> backups are lost.
Yes, good point.
> - Last week I just got a MacPro. Given the difference in speed with
> my venerable PowerBook G4, I will move to the MacPro as my main
> computer. The only significant problem is email: when all my mail
> was living on the PowerBook, I could read and send mail from
> everywhere (home, McDonald's, ...), having all the past
> correspondence available all the time. Now that I'm reading and
> sending mail from work on the MacPro during the day, this means I
> don't have most of the correspondence of the day at home in the
> evening on the PowerBook
You can connect to an IMAP mailserver an sync your emails to/from it.
This way you have access to your email from everywhere.
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