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    Backup of Downloads file
    Can anyone suggest the best way to backup my downloads file?

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    Leave the downloaded file in your downloads folder or move it to another folder of your choice that you can find, and then use Time Machine to backup your entire hard drive. You should be making backups with Time Machine anyway.

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    As suggested, Time Machine might be the best way. If you don't have an external drive to use for that purpose, and have a flash drive that's big enough, just drag the Downloads folder over, and make sure not to misplace it!

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    Depends what the downloads are. For large downloads like Office etc. purchased via download, burn to a DVD. For every day software downloads, not really worth the bother as things are updated so much they quickly become obsolete.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmprdwg View Post
    Can anyone suggest the best way to backup my downloads file?
    Good suggestions already but just to let us suggest what recommendations may be best for you, what is your current backup strategy? Dave

    ADDENDUM: Oops, just noticed that you have a Time Capsule listed in your signature, so I'm assuming that you are using Time Machine (TM) - for myself on my MBPro, I like 'redundant' backups, i.e. using TM on an external HD, Carbon Copy Cloner on another HD, and also putting my personal files onto a LaCie SSD (i.e. music, docs, & pics - could easily add downloads); if you want to automate your backup, then an online service might be a consideration (using Carbonite for my wife's iMac).
    Last edited by RadDave; 04-05-2014 at 06:52 PM. Reason: typo & addendum

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    ... things are updated so much they quickly become obsolete.
    While that's true, it is also possible that a user could have a disaster the day after downloading a bunch of stuff. It downloads are immediately copied onto another medium, they won't have to be downloaded again.

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