Mac backup to PC Fileserver

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I've browsed the forum, and I can't find anything to address my particular needs. I want to backup my home folder from Mac OS 1.3 (Panther) to my windows fileserver (Win 2003). I've downloaded the trial to Retrospect, but I've encountered security problems since I'm using a mounted volume, plus I don't really want to spend $199.

Isn't there some nifty UNIX command (tar or something) that will let me accomplish this feat rather easily?

Also, is there any consideration to losing the resource fork of my files when I move them to the Windows server?

Thanks for any help.
Question by:JeffreyWest
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        There is a service designed around this need.  Have you tried iDisk?  It is available as part of .Mac ( & is has a free trial for 60 days).  This functionality will allow you to use an Internet based storage space of ~150MB that can be accessed from your Windows fileserver by use of a free client application.  This will allow you frequently "sync" changes to your iDisk storage space and then access those changes anywhere else.  Good luck!!

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    I use RSync for this job. It's a superfast synchronisation software (so no need to do full backups each time.)
    Also it's freeware.

    The security problem is also very easy to solve: by default folders are shared as read-only. Just right-click on the shared folder in windows and select its properties: now you can go to security and change the security to full control for everyone.

    The resource forks in windows will appear as the same filename but with a dot before it.
    So you will get a filename and .filename in windows.
    It works transparently, no need to worry.

    Hope this helps. It works for me.
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    Another option is to use the ditto command and set up a cron job using crontab.  ditto will preserve resource data when using the --rsrc switch.  Both commands are fairly straightforward and they already come with OS X.

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