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Where can I find the manual for my Mac OS?

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May 8, 2012 11:46 AM

ver. 10.7.3: 2.4 GHz core 2 Duo with 4 GB of DRAM.

 

I have three questions:

 

1. Where can I find the manual for my machine i.e. hardware manual and or consumer/connaisseur manual?

2. Does it have a zip media drive? I'm looking at the left side of the machine and I see small square shaped slot for a disk of this sort. I know this is a common type of media storage for cameras and would like to confirm that it is zip.

3. And while i'm at it, could you remind me of the uses of the two ports advancing towards the back of the computer next to the USB inputs.

 

PS: I'm also interested in any technical information concerning Apple hardware and if you could direct me to the appropriate forums I would appreciate it.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Sincerely

 

Shawn

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    May 8, 2012 12:04 PM (in response to 0x0101)

    In the Menubar, click  > About this Mac > More information.  Then click "support" on the right side.  You can download your user manual here and it should answer your other questions.

     

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    Edit:  added the step of More Information

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  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    May 8, 2012 12:29 PM (in response to 0x0101)

    You can always look up your specifications at http://support.apple.com/specs/

     

    I'm not sure what you mean by ZIP media drive?  A 2.4Ghz core 2 duo MBP would have an ExpressCard/34 slot.  The only ZIP drives I know of are ancient things.

     

    The ports on the left hand side, from back to front (for a 15" core 2 duo MBP):

     

    power

    ethernet

    firewire 800 (will accomodate firewiree 400 devices with appropriate adapter, which are cheap).

    mini-display port

    USB

    USB

    expresscard slot

    mic in

    headset out

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    May 9, 2012 7:28 AM (in response to 0x0101)

    If I needed to backup 120Gb of stuff, I'd get a portable hard drive.  You can get a 500Gb 2.5" portable hard drive for less than $100.  Remember, along with the tapes, you need a proprietary drive, and proprietary software to read and write to it.

     

    The problem with any tape solution is that tapes all use some sort of proprietary format for storage, so if the software/hardware ever disappears, you are stuck with a bunch of tapes you can no longer extract data from.  Since tape is an old technology and steadily declining in use, the odds that in as little as a few years from now you may be unable to retrieive anything from those tapes is very high.  I just would never recommend tape as a long term backup solution - IT closets are chock full of old tapes that they can no longer read due to deprecated hardware and/or software (I've dealt with that nightmare before - tapes where the drive dies, the vendor no longer makes it, and if still in business, their current stuff is not backwards compatible with their older tapes and storage or compression formats).

     

    In terms of cost per Gb of storage, and being long term compatible, a hard drive is cheaper and more reliable.  Of course, the essence for any long term archival strategy is redundancy anyway (never put all your eggs in one basket and expect them to last).

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    May 9, 2012 12:52 PM (in response to 0x0101)

    Honestly, even for home use, small RAIDs are not that uncommon, and online cloud storage is steadily gaining traction.  On a per gigabyte basis, disc is pretty cheap and formats are stable over the long term (HFS+, NTFS, FAT32, Ext2/3 etc have all been around a very long time, while dozens of proprietary tape compression formats have come and gone over the same time).  A home RAID or NAS is not exactly a rare thing these days.  OWC sells a simple 2x2TB mirrored RAID for about $550.00 (or a 16TB RAID 5 for about $1900).  Tape cannot even begin to compete, especially when you factor in that its merely an archival system at best, is slow (is so slow it cannot be considered a real-time backup/restore solution), must be spooled back off tape to disk just to uncompress and read the files.

     

    Even for home TB solutions, I would still go with a disk based system (I have a 1 TB firewire 800 drive as one of my backup drives for my MBP).

     

    Tape just is not routinely considered much anymore - it is slow, it requires proprietary hardware AND software and uses non-standard compression formats.  It pretty much has nothing positive to offer anymore.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    May 9, 2012 2:52 PM (in response to 0x0101)

    Everything that is stored "in the cloud" today is actually stored on hard disks. All the data that Google, Apple, Microsoft, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other mega data users and purveyors store is on hard disks. Tape is dead.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    May 9, 2012 4:36 PM (in response to 0x0101)

    0x0101 wrote:

     

    This is an intriguing conversation. I'm curious. Does the film industry, ahem even that other film industry that no one can say they are completely familiar with store most of its data in the cloud and on hard-disks. They must have something much bigger than a raid!

    Why do you say that?  There are RAID arrays and large SAN devices that have capacity in the hundreds of terabytes.  Even many years ago NetApp supported large disc-based storage systems that were basically only limited in how many discs could be used by available physical space and power.  Some of their current disc-based sytems scale to many petabytes.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    May 10, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to 0x0101)

    Just a P.S. factoid.

     

    One of the worlds largest data storage systems is IBM's system for CERN, which as of last year was up to something like 120PB, using over 200,000 conventional 1TB hard drives in a massive array and running IBMs own GPFS file system.

  • Dakota Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)
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    May 10, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to 0x0101)

    My MacBook came with a directory 'User Guides And Information' with User Guide +

     

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