Whether you’re backing up your Mac with Time Machine or another service, it can be an incredibly time-consuming process. Over at How-To Geek, they walk through a number of the folders you can probably skip if you need to get that backup done quickly.
Time Machine is the built-in service in Mac OS X that makes backups super-easy, and Apple’s Time Capsule makes the whole process even easier. Unfortunately, Apple’s official hard drive solution is a bit pricey at $349. Raymii shows how to build one with a Raspberry Pi.
Mac OS X only: We’ve been fans of Time Machine ever since the system snapshot utility was introduced in Leopard, but if you’d love to take your Time Machine backups offsite, Time Warp might be up your alley.