I'm rather aware that my photos are inadequately backed up (they aren't!)
Since I don't have a spare HD or a DVD writer, that leaves me with CD-Rs. Can anyone recommend a program that can span multiple disks - I shoot 1gig flash cards so most folders are larger than a CD. Apple Backup does but it requires .mac membership to work (or download). Are there any free/cheap solutions?
I also need to format my startup disc as it's full and vv slow. This wouldn't be a problem but I had ECT about 18 mths ago. As a result, I don't know my administrators password. Is there a way to reset it or do I need to borrow a hard disc, install on that, format my boot disc and then reinstall?
Thank you muchly
First, if you are relying on CDs or DVDs for backup remember that not all discs are made the same - you need to purchase some made with archiving in mind. I suggest having a look at Delkin:
iView does offer a backup ability.
Another fine app (usually gets 4 or 5 stars in reviews) is Toast
I strongly suggest you make 2 copies of each disc and keep one off site. Store carefully - vertically, in a cool, dark location.
It might be worthwhile looking at the external hard Drive option. Calculate the size of your backup now and into the future. While CDs and DVDs are certainly cheap, the archival quality ones are a bit more costly. Hard drives have come down enormously in price and they may offer you very good value.
I back up my original RAW / DNG images to CD, but I also have them on an external drive. My working (i.e. edited) images are also on an external drive, and it automatically copies to another external drive. It is not nearly as expensive as you think. Sure HDs can fail, but it is rare for the data to be totally lost through physical failure. This is not the case with Cds and DVDs - damage to the disc can mean everyhting is lost.