Having made the transition from Windows to OSX as my primary machine, I (almost) couldn't be happier... except...
July 23, 2011 11:20 AM Subscribe
I feel like this must be a tremendously stupid question: what's the best way to backup my photos on my mac?
posted by lilnublet to computers & internet (11 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
((apologies in advance if this has been discussed and answered, i can't find anything that addresses my specific concern which tells me i either don't know how to look for it or its blindingly simple to everyone but me.))
I cannot for the life of me figure out how osx handles photos - or other files for that matter - and how best to make backups of important things. To be honest, I've never been good at making backups on any platform; I've kindof found catastrophic drive failures freeing in a "fresh start" sort of way. But since all our family pictures are on this machine, I'm getting nervous. I know there is Time Machine and I have an external drive to do system backups (which i have never actually done, natch). But honestly, I don't know that I necessarily WANT every stupid thing on the machine to be preserved in case of a catastrophic failure.
And there really is every stupid thing. Every pdf I ever clicked on to look at one thing, every picture I ever cropped or fiddled with has multiple copies archived somewhere. On a 180GB harddrive I have less than 40 gigs free. That's... kind of ridiculous isn't it? And no, I don't really have that much media.
But that's a different issue altogether isn't it? As near as I can tell, you just need to periodically track down bloat and manually clean that up... which seems woefully inefficient in what is otherwise a brilliantly user-friendly operating system.
I guess my question is 2 part: (a) What's the most efficient way to back up just the critical things (photos, music, maybe browser settings?) and (b) how can I better manage the way OSX manages... stuff. And the keeping of stuff. And specifically the not getting rid of stuff.