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How I Use This Setup

As you can see, it takes a few moments to set up and automate a backup procedure for a folder. But once set up, it’ll work smoothly on schedule.

I use this process to make a weekly backup of all of my important files. I have my computer scheduled to start early in the morning that day and the backup scheduled to occur soon after the computer starts. Then, when I arrive at my desk in the morning, my computer is waiting for me with all of my files backed up in a safe, offsite location that I can access with any computer from anywhere in the world.

Maria Langer is a freelance writer and commercial helicopter pilot with a memory like a sieve. She relies on iCal to remind her about almost everything—but if iCal can do it without bugging her, that’s even better. Visit Maria on the Web at

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