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Backing up my hard drive

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My imac lost its video card last week and I was hit with the realization that I currently have no means of backing up my stuff. There is nothing truly vital to be lost at first glance, but I it was a wakeup call when I thought of 5000 plus pictures in my iphoto library(!), not to mention music, my running log, and so on ....<br>
There is also checkbook stuff for taxes and some stuff that Mrs hup works on for work (most of which I have backed up for her on a usb stick.)<br>
So now I'm all about finding an effective method for backing up my system. I'm thinking an external HD but really don't have a clue just what to do and how to do it.<br>
Can any of youse guys give me the skinny on backing up? Suggestions for methods, drives, etc .... ?<br><br>
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1. Pick up a hard drive at least as big as your original.<br>
2. Get CarbonCopyCloner. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Make the donation if you use it.<br>
3. There is no step 3!<br><br>
PS - Another good option is SuperDuper. It's a little bit more expensive, but works very well.<br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Doesn't matter too much. SATA is a bit faster, but the interface you choose to use will be more of a factor. I'd buy an external drive with both Firewire and USB 2.0. Your current machine will be best with firewire, your next machine will probably rely on USB.
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