Automated backups on Tiger using rsync
In this article I'm going to show you how to create a free, customizable backup solution using only software that comes with Mac OS X 10.4, which will automatically back up changes to your data without user intervention.
Backing up to an internal drive is unsafe because anything that destroys your internal data would probably destroy the backup as well. An external firewire drive with a capacity greater than your internal drive is an effective backup storage device.
By Richard Hough at O'Reilly.
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