Protect your data with “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Second Edition”
Could you get back to work quickly and without data loss if your drive were to fail, or if your Mac were dropped or stolen? I hope the answer is yes, but either way, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Second Edition” has the information you need to ensure that all – and I do mean all – your data is protected in case of crash, corruption, or calamity.
The 201-page second edition has been significantly updated to cover all the changes to the backup world in the last 2 years – it’s normally $20, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $14. Learn more about the book via the coupon-loaded link below.
For those who already have a backup strategy (good!), Joe has poured a great deal of thought into the “Reassess Your Backup Strategy” chapter especially for you. Give it a read to find out if you should be adjusting the way you make backups given new features in Time Machine, improvements in online backup services, changes in available backup hardware, and updates to key software packages. Also note the new “Teach This Book” section, which has links to a one-page handout and a PDF-based presentation that you can use to help others improve their backups (it’s easier to help them make backups than to try to recover their data later!).
On the other hand, if you’re hesitant about your backup strategy, or if you don’t have the holy trinity of versioned backups, a bootable duplicate, and offsite backups (in other words, Time Machine alone is NOT enough!), please, please read this book and do what Joe recommends. Setting up a solid backup strategy doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, but everyone will lose data, sooner or later, and with a good backup, you can turn what could have been a catastrophic accident into a minor annoyance.
Although tax season is past for the year, we couldn’t resist channeling the kind of excuses that the lack of good backups engender in this “Joe of Tech” comic from our friends Snaggy and Nitrozac of Joy of Tech:
Why do you need versioned backups, a bootable duplicate, and an offsite backup?
* Versioned backups, such as those made by Time Machine, are essential if you need to recover an earlier version of a file. Perhaps you – or someone else! – made changes that turned out to be inadvisable, or perhaps the program crashed and corrupted the document. It happens, and it’s the pits.
* A bootable duplicate is key for anyone for whom downtime is a problem. Reinstalling Mac OS X and restoring from a Time Machine backup works fine, but it will take hours. If you have a major deadline looming, you can be up and running from a duplicate in the time it takes to reboot your Mac.
* An offsite backup can be the hardest to justify, because you never want to think that your home or office will be ransacked by thieves, or that you’ll lose hardware to fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or meteorite impact. OK, the last one is unlikely, but the others are unfortunately all too commonplace.
Although “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Second Edition” is designed so you can focus on only the topics that are most important to you, if you read the entire ebook, you’ll learn how to design a reliable backup system, choose the best hardware and software for your needs, operate Time Machine, make your backups, deal with any special backup needs, and – most importantly – recover lost data after a crash or other disaster.
To sweeten the deal, we’ve included coupons for six of the programs and services Joe recommends: ChronoSync, CrashPlan, Data Backup 3, DollyDrive, QRecall, and Retrospect Desktop. Use almost any of them, and the book will effectively be free.
Thank you for your support of the Take Control series, and regardless of whether you buy this ebook, please make those backups! We hate hearing from customers who buy the ebook only after losing data, or, worse, who bought the ebook but suffered a hard drive crash before getting around to setting up a backup system.
cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers
P.S. Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:
* Take Control of Your Passwords (one of our top-sellers of late)
* Take Control of PDFpen 6 (for all your PDF manipulation needs)
* Take Control of Dropbox (because it’s more subtle than it seems)
* Take Control of Using Mountain Lion (covering lots of important features)