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Let Dolly Do the Driving

Let Dolly Do the Driving
by Gary Woods

One of the cooler parts of the Mac Operating System is something called Time Machine. This feature came along with the 10.5 operating system and provides automatic backup of your data. To get it going you just plug in an external Hard Drive to your Mac and Time Machine pops up asking if you would like to use this drive as your backup. From there on out it just keeps backing up whatever you put on your internal hard drive. It don't get much simpler than that.

The thing is sometimes external hard drives fail so I definitely feel the need for a little redundancy in my backup plan. I've used Carbon Copy Cloner for a long time but I recently found something with a few more "bells and whistles" called Dolly Drive ( This software is a utility that works with Time Machine to not only save your data to an external drive but also is save selected data to the internet. Also the files you save to the internet can be encrypted giving you another layer of security. Dolly Drive can also save a clone of your hard drive which can be saved to another external hard drive giving you a third layer of backup.

If you need to restore from a clone you can use that clone as your boot disk and then run Dolly Drive to perform a data restoration. Dolly Drive offers three cloud-storage plans. The 50GB plan is $5 per month, the 100GB plan is $7.50 per month and the 250 GB plan is $10 per month. Dolly Drive and Time Machine make a great combination for Mac peace of mind.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc