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Mac OS X (10.5) Backup Instructions

System requirements: Mac

How to Use:

Store your important files in the Documents folder.

Mac OS X 10.5 uses a built-in backup application called Time Machine. This software will automate the backup process and give you an intuitive way to retrieve lost or accidentally deleted files and directories. Follow these simple steps.

  1. Log into your User account on the Mac.
  2. Ensure that Time Machine is enabled. You can do this from the System Preferences.
  3. Connect an appropriately-sized external drive (USB 2.0 or Firewire) to your computer. The Mac will ask if you'd like to use the drive for backup purposes.
  4. Select Yes.

Time Machine will automatically handle all backups in the background. You can use the Time Machine Preferences, found in System Preferences, to change backup locations and to specify which items you should backup. Consider backing up your Users folder to save time and space on the external drive.

To learn more about Time Machine, click the Help menu in the Finder, type Time Machine and press Return. You can also find more information at the following URL: