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Chapter 28. Managing Your System > Backing Up Your Data

Backing Up Your Data

Although keeping a secure and updated operating system is important, that's not as important as maintaining an archive of your important data.

Even if you keep close tabs on your data, don't get overconfident about the safety of your files. One thing is certain (other than death and taxes, of course)—your Mac will crash on occasion, just as any personal computer. When a program or computer crashes, it's possible one or more files on your computer's drive can be affected (especially if you're working on a file when the computer locks up). Even though Mac OS X offers strong resistance to system ills, the world is unpredictable, and the potential for events ranging from simple human error to theft, make backups an important consideration.


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