With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and numerous other changes in the backup world in the past year, Joe Kissell has updated all the details and distilled his various advice in “Take Control of Mac OS X Backups” and its younger sibling, “Take Control of Easy Mac Backups,” to provide a single, unified set of recommendations that will serve the needs of nearly any Mac user. The result is the 210-page “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac,” which provides, as Joe puts it, “a modern approach to Mac backups that covers the bases but doesn’t overwhelm you with extraneous details.” Although it is carefully designed so you can read just the parts that are important to you, the full ebook describes how to design a reliable backup system, understand backup lingo, shop for hardware, choose backup software, operate Time Machine (and determine whether Time Machine is a good option and what to do if it’s not), make backups, deal with any special backup needs, and – most importantly – recover lost data after a crash or other calamity.
Modernize your backups with “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac”
A quick question. If you had to rely on your backups right now, could you recover your data? Would you be able to get back to work relatively quickly? These aren’t rhetorical questions, as thousands of flood victims in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania can attest. Most data isn’t lost to natural disasters, of course, but to failing hard disks, dropped or stolen laptops, and simple human or computer error. But whatever the cause, if you – like most of us today – rely on your Mac for your business, for important communication, or for the photographic record of your personal life, you need rock-solid backups from which you can restore after any sort of catastrophe.
The most popular Take Control ebooks of all time have helped tens of thousands of Mac users set up backup strategies, and the author of those titles, Joe Kissell, has now distilled all his advice about the topic and all that has changed in the last year into a single new book, “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac.” Whether you wish to rethink your existing backup strategy to handle changing needs and take advantage of new options, or you haven’t yet gone so far as to even turn on Time Machine, “Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac” will help you design a custom backup strategy that will let you recover quickly from a lost file, get back to work quickly if your entire hard disk dies, and avoid losing anything important if your home or office is destroyed. It’s fully up-to-date for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, but covers 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard too. It’s normally $15, but you can get it for only $10.50 with the 30% off MUG coupon embedded in this link:
As Joe describes it, “I’d like to think that what we now have is a modern approach to Mac backups that covers the bases but doesn’t overwhelm you with extraneous details. I explain how to develop a solid backup strategy, what your choices are, how to set everything up, what sorts of pitfalls you may encounter, and how to restore your data if disaster strikes. Rather than explore every alternative exhaustively, I guide you gently but firmly into a fairly narrow set of options that should yield excellent results for the vast majority of Mac users.”
Although 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, shop for hardware, choose your backup software, operate Time Machine (and know whether Time Machine is a good option for you and what to do if it’s not), make your backups, deal with any special backup needs, and – most importantly – recover lost data after a crash or other calamity. A pair of coupons help you save $30 off Data Backup and 10% off CrashPlan, both of which make Joe’s recommended list.