Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 5:44 PM (in response to pyewacket)
As to your scanner, you're asking the right questions. You can go to the scanner manufacturere site ans see if there is software/drivers for 10.6 and 10.7 for your scanner.
Carbonite, CrashPlan, and other online services copy whatver you want. It takes a long time for the initial backup depending on how much stuff you have. The generally run around $5/month.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 7:55 PM (in response to pyewacket)
This might be a solution. $60.
You won't find a Flash drive that big. Well, actually you might, but it will be as or more expensive. If you have 99 GB available, that means you have used approximately ~50 GB. (You won't get the full 160 GB.) Single click on the Hard Drive icon to highight it, then do File>GetInfo and you will see a figure for "used."
If your drive dies, a full backup/restore from an online site will be impossible. Out of the question. And a Carbonite subscription for one year is $59.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 8:12 PM (in response to WZZZ)
Great price, agreed. IMHO, an external hd plugged into your computer is a great idea, but not all that's needed for a backup. I've had a couple external hd's go bad, so I like having an online backup as well. That, and in the worst case scenario (such as a fire or theft) when your computer goes, if your backup is right next to it, it goes too.
So I would suggest an offsite backup and an external hd or some sort of local backup (cd's, dvd's, a bunch of flash drives or whatever). If I could only afford one, I'd go with the offsite/online backup. If your computer croaks, you still have to get it fixed or get a new one to access the backup no matter where the backup is.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 9:06 PM (in response to WZZZ)
Thanks ever, and for that link
You're right...I've used 49.24 GB on the disk..going to look into as many possibilities as possible--whether flash drives or external...who knows, might try as many ideas for backing up as possible
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to Jeff Kelleher)
I was talking to a Mac user whom I've known for years and was posing all these questions to her as well...she didn't have a great experience with external hard drives--going to ask her about flash drives next
as far as USB flash drives btw...now WHICH kind/brand would you recommend...there are a gazillion out there or are they all relatively the same? Anyone better than another?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 3:36 AM (in response to pyewacket)
Just do a search for "usb flash drive + 60 GB." You won't find anything even close to the price of the Samsung external I linked, if you can find anything at all. Thinking of a flash drive is going completely in the wrong direction. Flash drives are fine for portability and for keeping relatively small amounts of data. Just check out the prices even for a 16 GB or 32 GB flash drive.
I don't now what your friend is talking about. We all use external hard drives in one form or another for our primary backups. Yes, all hard drives, external or not, being mechanical, will fail sooner or later. The average lifetime of a drive is around five years. An external, if it's not run constantly, used only for the time it takes to make periodic backups, should last much longer. Many of us have two or even three external drives for redundancy. But, you need something right now, or even yesterday and that's why I recommended the Samsung. You also want to be able to grow and store more than your current 50 GB.
And your last problem right now is worrying about redundancy.
As far as some kind of online backup storage is concerned, that's fine perhaps for some kind of redundancy, but it's not at all practical. How long does it take you to download (or upload) a 1 GB file? Now just multiply that by 50. Getting 50+ GB back after a hard drive failure will take a few lifetimes. Getting all 50+ GB uploaded will take even longer. And then there's the matter of trusting your data to some online entity, some possible malfunction there, or the chance of some kind of disruption when you need it. Not only that, but if your drive dies, how do you connect to that online storage to retrieve your data?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 4:00 AM (in response to WZZZ)
Oh, and maybe your friend's bad experience was with a WD (Western Digital) external. They have a terrible reputation for reliability and many of them will not boot a Mac. Even if you find one cheap, stay away.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 5:08 AM (in response to pyewacket)
In addition to backing up, you need to make sure all your applications are compatible. For a full list of info you need to know there is this tip I wrote:
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 5:24 AM (in response to pyewacket)
To check compatibility (I see a brody listed this one.)
But, nothing is better than just searching "name of application + snow leopard compatible" or going directly to the developer's site. May be tedious, but will be worth it. You may also find updated versions of apps that will work with Snow.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 5:04 PM (in response to pyewacket)
Yes I was doing a quick search about flash drives and to get one say with a 64GB capacity would actually be more than that Samsung external hard drive--so yes will most likely go the external hd route
And yes I realize I need to get one asap....but as I mentioned in my original posting, I'm on disability benefits so in other words a fixed income....I recently had to put aside and save money to pay bills that were due these past few months and have money aside for another bill coming up in June---bottom line it will take me awhile to save up for an external hd but hope to get as soon as humanly possible.
Did a quick check of applications that are compatible with Snow Leopard...I would imagine I'll lose my earlier version of the iLife applications like iWork, etc--so would have to get the newer software if and when I install Snow Leopard??? Would I lose iTunes also and all the music stored? Even if and when I do backup with an external hd, I'm taking it, once I install Snow Leopard it just won't recognize the old apps..right?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to WZZZ)
Oh another question
I'm reading up on External hard drives in general and most seem to plug in via a USB port --my problem is that all my USB ports are "occupied" but I do have one remaining FireWire port available....
so do external hard drives come with BOTH USB and Firewire cables or would I have to get one specifically with just Firewire--if so can you recommend one to me?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 6:45 PM (in response to pyewacket)
I use this one ... takes 2.5 and 3.5 in drives, and has Firewire 400 and Firewire 800 and USB 2.0 connectors.