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Backup 3 QuickStart Guide

by Derrick Story
Sep. 20, 2005

I've always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Apple's Backup software and its connection to my .Mac account. So when I read this morning's news that we now have Backup 3, I had to download it for a spin. If you're thinking about doing the same thing, I have a few quick tips for you:

Install Backup 3 and give it a spin. If you're an existing Backup user, I recommend that you choose the "Migrated iDisk Plan." Don't add anything to it at this point. Chances are your first backup might fail even if you go this conservative route. Mine did because Backup added all Filemaker databases to my migrated iDisk plan, and there wasn't enough room on my iDisk to accommodate them. (Don't know why; it just did.) I removed the Filemaker option and tried again. Ah ha, it worked!

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Existing Backup users might want to choose the Migrated iDisk Plan the first time they try Backup 3.

You might want to set aside some time for this initial run -- maybe bake some cookies or something. The first backup took 27 minutes for 67.5 MBs. But the second one, after a few hours of regular work, only took 6 minutes. Backups have been pretty snappy ever since.

There's lots more to talk about, because Backup 3 is really interesting software. I like being able to create custom "Plans." There are even "Plans" to accommodate your iPhoto and iTunes libraries. But I'll save those goodies and the other tasty tidbits for Friday's article on Mac DevCenter. Until then, it's testing, testing, testing. We can carry on the conversation in the Talk Backs below.

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit www.thedigitalstory.com.

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