Your guide to making easy and reliable backups in Leopard!

Take Control of
Easy Backups in Leopard

Joe Kissell

There’s more to a solid backup strategy in Leopard than turning on Time Machine and hoping for the best. In this updated ebook, backup guru Joe Kissell guides Leopard users through setting up easy and reliable backups using Time Machine and other tools that fill in where Time Machine doesn’t meet your needs.

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Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife and their two sons.

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.


Does the book have in-depth coverage of Time Machine?

Yes, it certainly does.

What if I want to go beyond Time Machine?

The ebook also discusses other programs that address areas where Time Machine isn't currently a good choice.

Does the book cover backup strategies for large organizations?

Nope. It focuses on backup strategies for single computers and small networks but does not cover the specific needs of large, institutional networks.

I want a more comprehensive ebook about backups. Can you help?

Yes! Our best-selling title, Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, is extremely comprehensive. Almost frighteningly so.


  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start to Easy Backups in Leopard
  • Understand Joe's Basic Backup Strategy
  • Decide if Time Machine Is Right for You
  • Pick a Hard Drive
  • Prepare Your Hard Drive
  • Set Up and Use Time Machine
  • Set Up and Use Other Archiving Software
  • Create a Bootable Duplicate
  • Store an Extra Backup Offsite
  • What to Do When Disaster Strikes
  • 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 <cite>Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac</cite>.