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Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard
Jun 25, 2008

Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard

Your guide to making easy and reliable backups in Leopard!

This ebook is no longer for sale.

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What's New

Version 1.1 is a significant update. Among numerous other things, it includes the following major changes:

  • Information on Apple’s Time Capsule backup appliance. This involved numerous changes, but in particular, see:
    • Why Use an External Hard Drive?.
    • Should You Buy a Time Capsule?.
    • Restore a disk using Time Machine. This section also now describes how to restore an entire disk over a network.
  • Updated information on QRecall; see both QRecall and QRecall Tips.
  • A warning about certain Western Digital hard drives that aren’t bootable with PowerPC-based Macs; consult Choose an Interface (or Several).
  • A sidebar about how Apple almost, but not really, yet sort of enabled Time Machine for AirPort Disks; read The AirPort Disk Fiasco.
  • Throughout the book, mentions of the system-wide Time Machine menu that Apple added in Mac OS X 10.5.2; see, for example Set Up and Use Time Machine.
  • A sidebar explaining how to Migrate from a Drive to a Time Capsule.
  • Updated information on working with CrashPlan in Items to consider excluding.
  • A corrected description of what happens when you delete items from a Time Machine backup; see Delete Files from a Time Machine Backup.
  • Additional suggestions for solving or avoiding Time Machine problems; refer to:
    • Remount network volumes.
    • Find out what Time Machine is really up to.
    • Avoid running Time Machine when applications have large files open.
  • Info on how to Increase wireless network throughput.
  • A look at storing your Time Capsule offsite with the Transport service; see Use Transport.
Update Plans

September 2011 – Although we do not intend to update this particular ebook again, Joe continues to write about making backups for the Take Control series. His latest is Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac.

Posted by Tonya Engst

  1. Get Inspired to Make Better Backups in 2010

    In MacVoices Podcast #1003, Take Control author Joe Kissell chats with host Chuck Joiner about many aspects of making successful Macintosh backups. Joe talks at length about deleting un-needed files and about how you determine if a file is no longer needed. He also talks about the many reasons to make backups and provides insight on the latest trends and techniques for backups, including his thoughts on USB 3, hardware encryption, and online backup services.

    This podcast comes in conjunction with the release of Take Control of Easy Mac Backups.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  2. AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Gain New Features

    Apple today released significantly revised models of the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule. The new hardware features two radios, allowing a base station to operate networks simultaneously in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands. This allows older hardware (and an iPhone or iPod touch) that doesn’t have 802.11n built in to access a slower network in 2.4 GHz, and newer hardware to zoom along in the faster, less-used 5 GHz range. Users of existing base stations can’t upgrade their units, as the change is in hardware, not software.

    Also in this update is the addition of guest networking, which lets you set up a separate network with a separate password that visitors can use without giving them your main network password, or full access to the resources on your main network. The new base stations generate two distinct network names: One for your main network, and another for the guest network. Guests can’t access the devices on your main network or even sniff the data passing over it.

    Apple also added remote file sharing for drives inside of or attached to either base station model. Using a method identical to file sharing in Back to My Mac, Apple uses MobileMe as a way to register a base station centrally. Any Leopard system also registered to the same MobileMe account and with Back to My Mac activated in the MobileMe system preference pane will see base stations as yet another server choice in the Finder’s sidebar, under the Shared label. This new feature will be added to the original Time Machine model and to older 802.11n AirPort Extremes via a firmware update.

    You can read more details at TidBITS, AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule: Like Two Base Stations in One and Answers to Questions about Updated Apple Base Stations, and at Macworld, Analysis: Inside Apple’s AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule Updates.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

The Author

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He also runs Interesting Thing of the Day and is a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.