Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups
Author: Joe Kissell
Imprint: Peachpit Press
Are you making reliable backups and performing regular maintenance on
your Mac? Too few Mac users take the time to do so, and they regret
it when something goes wrong. That’s where Macintosh expert Joe
Kissell can help. You’ll learn how to keep your Mac running smoothly
with a set of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks, plus get
advice on preparing for Mac OS X updates. You’ll also find out how to
monitor your Mac to detect problems early and where to turn if
trouble raises its ugly head.
But the most important aspect of maintenance is a rock-solid backup
strategy that protects all your important data in the event of
catastrophe. To that end, Joe provides an at-a-glance comparison of
different strategies, explains the pros and cons of each type of
media, and helps you pick the best backup program for your needs.
You’ll find time-tested recommendations that help you set up, test,
and maintain your backups, complete with instructions on how to
restore after a crash. Important lessons you’ll learn along the way
include the utility of having both a duplicate and an archive, the
necessity of testing backups, and the importance of offsite backups.
In this book you’ll find the answers to questions like these:
*When is my Mac likely to have trouble?
*How can I find out which unnecessary files are taking up space on my disk?
*Should I defragment my hard disk and repair permissions regularly?
*What is the best backup software and hardware?
*How can I make sure I can restore from my backups?
About the Author
After spending 10 years in the Macintosh software industry, Joe
Kissell has written numerous books about the Mac, including 10 of the
most popular Take Control ebooks. He’s also now a TidBITS senior
editor and a frequent contributor to Macworld.
Berkeley-based Peachpit has been publishing the industry’s
best-selling books on the latest in graphic design, desktop
publishing, multimedia, Web publishing, digital video and general
Macintosh computing since 1986. Its award-winning books feature
step-by-step explanations, time-saving techniques, savvy insider
tips, and expert advice for computer users of all sorts. It is the
home of the internationally recognized Visual QuickStart Guide
series, the design imprint New Riders and its highly popular Voices
That Matter series, and is the publishing partner for Adobe Press,
lynda.com, NAPP, Apple Certified, AIGA Design Press and others.
Peachpit is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media
company. Pearson’s primary operations also include the Financial
Times Group and the Penguin Group. Learn more at
(http://www.peachpit.com) and (http://www.pearson.com).