Logic Pro 9 question about backup


I have just gone through a nightmare experience when I couldn't get my 7 yr old G5 power pc to get past the boot screen a week ago. It took a solid week, but I'm FINALLY back up and running--seemingly, at this point, with absolutely no lost files or problems with any applications! I want to publicly thank Genius George Leger, III for his gracious help!!! He is a saint and worth his weight in gold--times 10!!

Even though I mentioned that the system involved was running Logic 7, I will also be getting a used iMac this week and hope to be running Logic Pro 9 by the weekend. My question is applicable to pretty much any version of Logic I assume. Does anyone know of a list anywhere on the net (or could you reply with a list) of all the folders and/or files that should be backed up on a mac in case of having to start from scratch and completely reinstall everything? In particular, things like Logic preferences, instrument & effects settings, sound banks, etc etc etc. I hope I NEVER have to deal with a situation like this again, but if I do I want to be better prepared and have ALL the important stuff backed up!

First of all you need a back up system such as Time Machine, SuperDuper, or Carbon Copy Cloner.

The short answer to your question is to back up the following:
- the User Library which contains Application Support, Audio, and Preference folders. Application Support contains folders for GB, Logic and other apps. Take a look at the Logic folder in Application Support to fully appreciate what it contains (your custom templates, channel stript setting, key commands and much more). Same for the Audio folder (user loops, MIDI configurations, Presets...)

- Documents, Music, Pictures,

I use CCC which initially created a complete clone of my system, then incrementally updates only things that have changed. When rebuilding a system, I'm able to access the user Library folders, Documents etc.

Downloaded installers and the supplied serial numbers need to be archived. Installers can be accessed at the developers website (if they're still in business;) but having recent versions archived to DVD or hard drive saves download time. ( I recently resurrected OSX 10.5 on a partition in no time because I had archived all of the installers and SN# data, authorizations etc.)

It's wise to Save often.
Same is true for back ups.

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