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Backups

Keeping an archive of your important applications and data is a crucial part of maintaining a Mac OS X computer, as it is with any operating system. The biggest problem with backups and Mac OS X is that there are currently no dedicated backup solutions shipping for the operating system.

The Unix users out there are probably scratching their heads out there asking, “What about tar, dump, and restore?” Although those are all perfectly good solutions for Mac OS X installations based on the UFS file system, or Unix and Cocoa apps based on HFS+, they are not suitable for Classic or Carbon applications. The dependency of these types of software on the HFS+ resource fork greatly limits what software can be used to back them up.


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