There’s a word so dirty that most computer users don’t even want to think about it. Even people who should know better, like IT techs or hardened tech journalists, quake at its mention. Backup: it’s one of the most hated words in the computer lexicon because it conjures up nothing but worst-case scenarios. Apple’s Time Machine does a decent job of backing up your stuff (if you’ve turned it on), but what if you primarily use a laptop? Or worse, what if your basement floods, claiming your camping gear and your backup drive as victims? Dolly Drive tucks your Time Machine backups into the cloud, giving you Apple’s built-in simplicity paired with the security of offsite storage in the event of a disaster.
Something inside my beloved MacBook went terribly wrong the other day. I typed in my account password, and got that angry, shaky, “no way, you’re not getting in here” login window. But it was 7AM, and mistakes happen. I wasn’t worried. I retyped it again. No go. And again--nothing. I switched gears, and tried logging in with a secondary account on my machine, one that I know doesn’t have a password. Again I was thwarted, and starting to get worried. I dug up my OSX install disc, and tried to reset the password. In the dropdown where all my accounts should have been listed, there was nothing. This is the part where panic sets in.
Time Machine is great for backing up one or two Macs, but when backing up a larger network of Macs, it’s better to use a more sophisticated backup program that gives you more control over the process. Your best bet for powerful network backup software is the combination of ChronoSync and ChronoAgent (www.econtechnologies.com).
Apple's Mac OS X v10.6 was released last Friday, and for most of us the
transition from Leopard to Snow Leopard went by without incident.
However, we've spent part of last weekend scouring Apple's discussion
boards and support site for solutions to problems people have been
reporting with the upgrade.
I sometimes get Time Machine errors that say something like “Backup
failed” or “Unable to complete backup” or “An error occurred while
copying files to the backup volume.” How am I supposed to interpret
what these error messages mean?
The only sure thing about hard drives is that they fail. Backing up the data on your Mac turns a hard drive failure into a non-event, instead of a Mac disaster. If you run Leopard, Time Machine makes backups easy.