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Weekend DIY - Using Time Machine With Multiple Backups

By December 28, 2012

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This weekend DIY is suitable for those of you who are new to the Mac, and want to get a backup system in place and operating smoothly. It's also a good project for seasoned Mac users who haven't gotten around to setting up a backup system yet. (You know who you are.)


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Last but not least, if you use Time Machine as your primary backup, but you'd like a more robust system, one that can handle a backup failure, this DIY project will show you how to do it.

If you're not familiar with Time Machine, the backup app that Apple includes with OS X, then you can start this weekend project by getting acquainted with the app:

Time Machine Review

Time Machine - Backing Up Your Data Has Never Been So†Easy

With the two articles above, you should be able to set up a basic backup system using Time Machine.

With that accomplished, you can take it to the next level by adding additional Time Machine backup drives, so you have a redundant backup solution that can survive drive failure, or even a catastrophe, such as fire, flood, or earthquake.

Time Machine With Multiple Drives - How to Use Two or More Backup†Drives

And an additional guide that you may find helpful:

Increase Storage With an External Drive for Your†Mac


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