In this article I present you an inexpensive yet reliable and easy-to-use solution for creating backups of your precious files on your Mac with a maximum of reliability, security and ease of use. I wrote this article because I got confused by the tutorials out there that left too many choices to me and/or made it clear that you cannot have a safe backup of your data without being nerdy about it.
If anything is unclear or if you think that I am simply wrong about something, please send me your feedback so that I can clarify, modify or change whatever causes trouble.
Last Update: June 21st, 2011.
Backups are easy, secure, and reliable if they are fully automatic. SuperDuper! is not unless you configure it to be. In this article I will show you - following an advice given in its user’s manual - how easy it is to automate backups with SuperDuper!.
The set up is pretty easy: We start up or wake the computer at 6:29am and configure SuperDuper! to backup everything at 6:30am. I chose the early morning hours so that the moment I want to check my emails, I have my computer already running and completely backed up.
Since 6:20am might be a bit early for some of you, I highly recommend to use StartupSound.prefPane to lower the volume of the startup sound of your Mac without interfering with all other audio- and volume-settings. (I have included its configuration as part of this tutorial.)
Also, if you use Backblaze, check how to exclude the .bzvol-files so that not the external drive gets recognized as your main drive!