It happens all the time. You get a brand-new Mac, and you can’t imagine
a time when the hard drive could possibly be full. About a week
later--after you’ve installed all of your applications and you’ve
edited one movie--you’re stuck deciding which season of Doctor Who to delete so you can make room for all those boring PowerPoint files you need for work.
SpiderOak is flexible enough to back up anything, to share files easily
with your friends, and to sync files between Mac, Windows, and Linux
machines. It installs as an actual application, but it’s Flash-based,
so if you use it on two or more platforms, the experience will be the
Dropbox is the mayor of Sync Town, working like iDisk but more
reliably. And since anyone can have a 2GB account for free, there’s no
reason not to try it out. Paid accounts are $50 a year for 50GB of
storage and $100 a year for 100GB, so you might decide not to back up
your entire hard drive. But the sync and sharing services are the whole
Similar to Backblaze,
Carbonite lives in your System Preferences, with an icon in the menubar
for checking backup status, pausing a backup for 24 hours, or launching
the System Preference. By default, Carbonite backs up your whole hard
drive (excluding applications, operating system files, and temporary
files, just like the other services reviewed here), but the file
browser is clear and easy to understand, making it a snap to assemble a
custom backup set.
I backed up a whole bunch of DV files to a data DVD. But when I play those DV files from my external DVD drive, they hiccup and skip as if they’re missing frames. But when I copy the DV files back to my hard drive, they play just fine, with no dropped frames after all. Any ideas?
Inspired by review editor Roman Loyola’s dogged insistence on every bit of technology lasting as long as physically possible, I’ve recently decided to resist the blandishments of all new gear and get my trusty PowerBook G4 to last as long technologically possible. Or, however long I can take it before I break down and yield to the KoolAid consumed in these regions every time Apple turns on the klieg lights.
Every columnist has written about their catastrophic hard-drive crash, so I won't bore you with the details of the one I had last week. Suffice it to say I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. I also won't harangue you about making (and testing!) regular backups - you know that already, right? (I bet Mac|Life senior editor Eugene Robinson still hasn't gotten over his loss.) Instead, I'm going to tell you about something that could have saved my tuchus at the expense of ten minutes per month of (unattended!) Mac time. To wit: Disk Utility - it's included in Mac OS X, installed by default in /Applications/Utilities.