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Latest Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" has built in backup software: Time Machine

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Backup with Mac OS X, Leopard

The latest version of Mac OS X, known as "Leopard", comes with a backup application called "Time Machine", which makes creating and storing backups easy.

The "Time Machine" utility allows users to browse through virtual time, and see what there computer files looked in the past, and find any lost or corrupted files.

"Time Machine" can create backups on to any connected HFS+ formatted FireWire or USB drive. It can also backup to another Mac running Leopard.

Initially Time Machine creates a full backup of the entire computer, (Though skipping certain files, such as cache files.) After the initial backup Time Machine creates incremental backups (only changes are backed up) every hour of every day. Hourly backups are stored for 24 hours, daily backups for a month, and weekly backups long term. Time Machine can also be configured to only backup certain files.

Official site: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/timemachine.html

Comments:
Time Machine is great news for Mac users. However, any good backup strategy will include multiple backups.
Having files on another hard disk is a good start, but having another copy of the backups off-site would be a good idea.
The easiest and safest would be to include online backup to the strategy.  Read more about online-backup

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