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is an easy to use backup utility. You can get it at http://www.acts.org/roland/thanks/.
To set up you create a folder named backup aliases, place
a copy of Simple Backup
in that folder, create aliases of the files and folders to backup and
place them in that folder. I keep this folder on my desktop as a reminder
that I need to back up often.
Double click on SimpleBackup
to start the application. SimpleBackup will next ask for a destination
folder. This folder must be on a different
volume than the folder/files represented by the aliases. This can be a
removable disk, another drive or partition.
Once you have made the selection click backup
and the aliases will be resolved and the files copied to the chosen destination.
You have a number of options you can choose.
Remember settings - This will have
Simple Backup remember the location of your back up and if the volume
is not mounted (disk isnt in the drive) it will prompt you to insert
the proper disk. You will also be prompted that a folder by that name
exists and would you like to replace it.
Next time dont ask - This will
back up with no other prompts if the proper disk is mounted. To get the
dialog boxes back hold the option key while starting Simple Backup.
Dont use this until you are familiar with Simple Backup.
Skip unchanged files - This will skip
over files which have not been changed since the last backup and can save
Delete destination file - This will
delete the old back up folder and replace it with an exact copy of the
files as they exist on your hard drive. This is useful if you have deleted
some files that are no longer useful. It renders Skip unchanged
files useless as all the files are deleted and all files need to
Progress Bar - This will show you
the progress of Simple Backup as it copies your files.
The settings I have chosen in the previous screen shot work well for a
backup procedure which uses a single backup file which you update. You
will be able to see when you last updated by looking at the modified
date of the folder either in the list view or in the Get Info
If you would like to have progressive backups, that is a new backup each
time you save the files, just rename the file with a date each time. When
a disk fills up just change the destination disk or name the new disk
the same as the original and rename the original with sequential suffix
(backup.1, backup.2 etc.).
Keep a folder in which you keep documents you would like to save. Your
Appleworks documents, Quicken files and the like. The Documents
folder that was installed by the OS is a good choice. That way you can
just back up that folder and be assured that everything in it is backed
a back up schedule. Depending on how vital your information is will determine
how often you should back up. I suggest a weekly back up as a minimum.
programs store their files in places on your drive where they need to
stay. Browsers and e-mail programs in particular. You will need to find
them and make aliases to those files also.
I can help with some:
Netscape - HD:System Folder:Prefrences:Netscape Users
Internet Explorer - HD:System Folder:Prefrences:Explorer
Outlook Express 4.5 - HD:Internet:Outlook Express Folder:User
Outlook Express 5.0 - HD:Documents:Microsoft User Data:Identities
or - HD:...:Outlook Express 5 Folder:Identities