Don't-Miss Storage Stories
Ted Landau uses Prosoft’s Data Backup to protect himself from data loss. But lately, he’s run into a problem with running the backup program on his MacBook Pro that has both him and the developer stumped.
If you need to back up multiple Macs or share media files on your home (or small-business) network, you might need more than a USB drive attached to your AirPort base station or Time Capsule. Kirk McElhearn explains why network attached storage might be a better solution.
Unsure about upgrading a MacBook Pro's hard drive? Here are a couple of helpful resources.
Ted Landau tells you what to do if contacts and calendar events synced via MobileMe suddenly disappear from your iPhone. And he returns to smart flash drives, the subject of last week’s column.
Ted Landau discovers that the new generation of U3 smart drives can cause a lot of headaches for Mac users.
In a summer full of natural disasters how prepared are you (and your Mac) for unanticipated emergencies?
Ted Landau’s Time Machine backups began sticking at the “Preparing…” stage of starting a backup. So he did some digging to find out what was causing the problem.
Some people will be able to set up and turn on Time Machine with a single click. But you may need to do some manual configuration to get it to work the way you want. You should also be aware of some quirks in Time Machine’s operation, particularly when restoring data.
Although any backup is better than no backup at all, Time Machine may not protect your data to the extent or in the way that you need. A few significant weaknesses offset its impressive strengths.
The inclusion of Time Machine as part of Mac OS X 10.5 shows the importance of good backups for every Mac user. And while backing up and restoring files may be easier than before, you’re still going to need a place to store all that data. In this excerpt from his Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard ebook, Joe Kissell tells you what to consider when shopping for a backup drive to hold all that Time Machine-saved data.
If you’ve ordered a MacBook Air, you’ve got some storage decisions to make. The 80GB of storage that ships with this thin notebook goes against the trend of higher-capacity hard drives. But not to worry—Joe Kissell has some advice on how to make sure all your vital files and applications fit on your new laptop.
If you have more than one Mac but don’t want to use a separate hard drive to back up each one, Time Machine can help.
Learn a couple of different ways to see what Time Machine's been doing on your Mac.
File sharing helps coordinate group projects, create a central archive of files, and share media. But before you dig into the details of how to share files, consider the risks of file sharing. Glenn Fleishman does just that in this excerpt from his new ebook, Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard; he also looks at what actions you can take to avoid such risks.
You know you should back up your data. But whether it’s the cost, the setup, or the hassle of swapping discs or shuttling around hard drives, most of us find a million excuses not to get the job done. So wouldn’t it be great if you could click on a few buttons and ensure that your data was backed up regularly?