Going on two years with the Mac OSX, I have never regretted making the switch. I have not experienced a single glitch, except for minor hiccups that were hardware related (D LINK USB wireless adapter on the MacPro). Even these, however, were nothing that a simple system reset could not cure. Be it on the laptop or the desktop, OS X simply works without the often experienced delays caused by a software updating, a pop-up ad, or what not (Windows users know what they are.)
As stable as the OS X may be, the prudent user must know that computer hardware are more prone to crashes (read: hard drive failures) and should prepare accordingly. Although, I have not experienced any need for a backup since the switch, prudence dictates that everybody should have one. In fact I have a redundant system (i.e. entire hard drive images are stored in an external hard disk while files are backed-up on the web via Sugarsync).
I find that there is no better time to backup than towards the start of a new year. And that is precisely what I have done most of yesterday:
- Since I no longer use MS OUTLOOK, I had to backup all of my emails which are all stored online in Gmail. I saw this Step by Step guide in backing up Gmail on the Mac using GMAIL BACKUP and Python. It seemed pretty straightforward but I decided to try another route – Apple Mail. I just setup Apple Mail to download all my emails and was done in under an hour. I did some random checks to see if Apple Mail was able to download everything, and it did. EMAILS – Check.
- Since I am already syncing all my current files via the Magic Briefcase of Sugarsync, this should be a piece of cake. I simply compared the contents in all of my computers to insure that all file versions are the same, and they are. My workflow in using Magic Briefcase is similar to my use of Powerdocs folder. Backup all current files – Check.
- Finally, I need to have a bootable image of all the hard drives in all my computers. I did not bother with Leopard's Time Machine since it does not allow for saving bootable backups. I went straight to the old and reliable Superduper. Using the same IOMEGA HD 400 gig triple interface, I just created a new partition to accommodate the new Macbook Aluminum. I actually referred back to an old post here in order to clone the MacPro, the Alum, and the netbook OS X. Bootable backup of all computers – Check.
Considering that the Iomega is now more than a year old, I have included in my to do list the need to look for another external drive that, this time, could handle a RAID system.
And that's that. I can now sleep soundly knowing that I have at least two copies of every single file and software that I have used for the past year.
If you are still reading this blog, stop procrastinating and go backup your important files.