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Backing Up MAC Data

jhyiesla asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
I know that this is probably a loaded question, like asking what's the best AV solution.

But I'm interested in the "best" solution(s) for backing up data on my Mac. I'm running Snow Leopard, I have a 1 TB external disk as well as a MobileMe account with iDisk.

What I am doing currently is using the backup program that I downloaded from my Mobile Me account. I am backing up my home folder and all subfolders to the external disk and I am backing up critical data, photos, and my emails to iDisk as well.

I'd like to have a better strategy as to what I use to backup to the external disk and to iDisk on my MobileMe site. I realize that I can use Time Machine and I am not opposed to doing that.

Given that I want to back some things up to the external and also to iDisk, what really are my best options as far as efficiently backing up to these resources and for doing restores that I can get detailed on?  I want to be able to restore whole folders if necessary or just a single file from either the external drive or iDisk.
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