AMITIAE - Wednesday 2 April 2014
Backing up on a Mac - External Hard Disks, Bangkok Post, Life
By Graham K. Rogers
The process took around 45 minutes in both cases. A disk needs to use an OS X Extended (Journaled) partition and Time Machine is set up in System Preferences. I have information about this on my website in an A - Z List of System Preferences.
I use two disks to back up with Time Machine: one at work and one at home. The office disk uses USB, but the other disk has a Firewire cable. That was used with my previous MacBook Pro. The newer machine has Thunderbolt ports for fast data transfers. I bought an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Firewire adapter (1,090 baht - $29). I added a Thunderbolt disk this week.
Time Machine Backup Disks: Firewire 800, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt
Western Digital and LaCie Backup Disks
There were no Thunderbolt disks. I was particularly interested in a new disk that used a 1TB SSD drive. Its small size, 1 TB capacity and speed made this attractive. The $1299 price, was less endearing. I saw that the LaCie disk I have currently has been updated to Thunderbolt and larger capacity (3, 4 or 5 TB) and starts at a more accessible $299.
Before asking the iStudio staff, I loaded the page on my iPhone which I showed to the helpful "Dech" (Narudech). He told me they had something similar but these were out of stock (order about 2 weeks). He made a phone call to the main office and enquiries were under way. When he phoned later in the week, the SSD disk was not available (sold out in the USA too) and he estimated that the price would be around 40,000 with VAT.
LaCie Little Big Disk
If your computer has gone or the disk has failed, so too has your data. It may be possible for the police to find a stolen device; or for a recovery service to retrieve the data from a dead disk, but the risks are too great to leave to luck.
WD My Book Studio, LaCie Big Disk and Little Big Disk
Additional NoteWestern Digital has just announced its My Passport Pro: a 2 TB and 4 TB solution with Thunderbolt cable that does not need a separate power supply.
WD My Passport Pro 2 TB
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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