RE: Time Machine backup

IMac, 2.4 GHz, 2 GB, 2 GB of storage / Mac OS 10.6.8 / I'm upgrading of software and I like to backup everything. Is Time Machine backup adequate?

Yes, time Machine will do. However, I keep a backup Time MAchine, and clones. You can use a software of cloning asSuperDuper! or double clone.

The advantage of the clone, it's that it is bootable. The advantage of TM, is that it creates recursive backup, so you can restore a file or the whole disc of a certain point in time.

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