December 7, 2005

Mac OS X LIFESAVER

I know I sound like a shill. But if you use OS X and are a lazy sot about backups (like me) then get this. NOW. It rules. I have two physical drives in my Mac, set to mirror nightly, so that if one of them dies I don't even have to 'recover the array' or anything, I just remove the bad one and boot off the other. I have used it around ten times to restore my system from the 'backup' drive to a preinstall state after removing iffy software I was testing. All for $28. If you don't have multiple drives, it's marginally less safe but easier to just use multiple partitions on a drive - doesn't protect you against physical failure of the drive itself, but does protect you against corruption of the drive partition. Combine with cron for nightly happy. (Update: the newest version has prefs for automatic runs, and will insert itself into crontab without the need to resort to add'l software or editors. W00t.) Simple software ftw.

Posted by jbz at December 7, 2005 10:39 PM | TrackBack

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