As data lies at the core of any business, it should be protected by all means. To a data-centric organization, it is like a treasure trove of information. This information typically consists of the company’s yesteryear plans, policies and key strategic decisions. If you lose this data to file corruption, user negligence, system glitches and other similar forces lurking in your environment, your entire business may grind to a standstill. In order to safeguard your data, you need to work out a data backup and recovery plan.
Before devising a backup plan, you should examine the type of information stored on your systems and its importance to your business. Generally, you can plan for various types of data backups:
• Normal/Full Backups:
This is the conventional method of backing up files and is usually a base for other types of backups. It contains each file or folder that is selected for the backup operation.
• Differential Backups:
Differential backups record all changes to your files since the last full backup. If files are modified frequently, the size of your differential backup can exceed the baseline full backup.
• Incremental Backups:
Incremental backup contains all files modified since the last full, incremental, or differential backup. This type of backup completes quickly, but takes more time to restore than a full or differential backup.
These backups are a good choice when you require backing up your data files. If you need to back up everything on your disk including the operating system, invisible files, symbolic links, and permissions, you should create a bootable backup of your hard drive. A clone can serve as a bootable backup of your Mac’s hard drive that will contain both your data and the Mac operating system. You can use the clone to rollback your Mac OS X installation or to boot another machine, if needed.
You can do incremental updates to your clone. Further, you do not need any special software to read files on your clone as it is just like another Mac hard drive. A clone can be used to move or copy files to another drive as required. Disk Cloning is useful when you are planning to install major updates to Mac OS X. If any error occurs during these updates, you can boot from the Mac drive clone and access your information.
A clone is not specific to any particular machine. It can be used to boot all computers that support the version of Mac OS X installed in your system. This may help you eliminate all the possibilities of data loss if you run across any hardware failure or a similar problem in a network having multiple similar Macs.
There is plethora of third-party tools available in the market today. These utilities can safely clone or image a Mac hard drive or volume. Furthermore, you can easily restore your volume data from the folder containing clone or the image file. They are compatible with the latest Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and all lower versions.