Macintosh OS X
This document provides a brief review of the backup process for experienced computer users.
For detailed instructions on how to back up specific files or if you are not familiar with the
process of copying files, please see the appropriate documentation below.
Detailed Backup Instructions:
Note: If you are backing up data for multiple user accounts, you will need administrator access to
back up each user, each of whom may need to be present to back up data from certain programs.
Essential items that must be backed up:
Please print this document so you can check off each item as the task is completed. Detailed
instructions for backing up each of these items can be found in the documentation.
All the files you have created using applications such as Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, FileMaker, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks, etc.
You only need to back up attachments that you downloaded to your
Desktop or a folder on the Macintosh HD. Attachments to messages
are stored on the FirstClass server.
Remember to export your bookmarks or favorites from all the
browsers you use, including Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
Optional items that you may need to back up if applicable to you:
Synch your PDA with your Mac and copy the Backup and Note Pad
These include stickies, custom dictionaries, macros, templates, and
special fonts and images. For OS X v.10.4-6, you should back up
your Widgets folder if you use customized or installed any widgets.
Note: If you use specialized academic or departmental software not provided by Information
Services, do not attempt to back up the application itself. You should, however, back up any
data files you have created using the application.
If your computer is to undergo a software upgrade or be replaced, please call the Faculty/Staff
Help Desk at x3333