Tips on backing up your Mac to an external hard drive

We’ve had many new clients recently who have purchased new Macs and either need to move their data from an old Mac or migrate it from a PC.  One of the first questions I ask is “are you backed up?”  Unfortunately, I would say 90% of these new clients are not backed up — even though many of them already own external hard drives.

Backing up is not painful, nor difficult but it IS incredibly important.  I came across this very straightforward article on TUAW and wanted to share it with our readers.  The backup methods mentioned in the article (Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, Super Duper) are pretty much what we recommend to our clients who are home users or have small user groups that don’t require Retrospect.  We wouldn’t necessarily recommend the drive that is pictured in the article, but that discussion will have to be reserved for another post.

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