As we approach the holiday season I would like to remind all of you to back up your images and videos. This is a commonly overlooked maintenance step and can help you to avoid having to deal with data recovery.

If you using Leopard , Snow Leopard or Lion you can easily utilize Apple’s Time Machine backup app included in your OSX. If not, try the demo version of Data Backup 3 for 30 days.

Data Backup 3 offers standard backup types and includes a bootable clone option that I recommend highly.

Here is a quick guide on how to create a bootable clone back up and test drive Data Backup 3 at the same time.

Before starting your backup be sure your external hard drive is properly formatted with a GUID Partition table for intel based or Apple Partition map scheme for PPC based Mac’s before continuing.

Please download the latest version of Data Backup 3 from the link below and install it:

/products/data_backup_update.php Within Data Backup, you will be selecting File > New Backup Set. Please follow the steps below to properly create a bootable clone.

Click on Show Backup Options to expand the drop down menu.

  1. Select Backup Type, then select Clone.
  2. Click on the “+” symbol under Sources and select Mac HD from the Devices list in the Finder window. 3.Select > Bootable Clone Backup as your destination from the “Devices” list in the Finder window.
  3. To finish, go to File > Save Backup Set As. Then once saved click Start Now.

Once the clone is created, open System Preferences > Startup Disk and select the Bootable Clone BkUp and select Restart.