Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to szymk1sm)
>will this do anything to Office 2011, in terms of my ability to access it?
It shouldn't but it can't hurt to be careful:
>I have all of my important materials saved onto Dropbox
The big question is, where is the physical location of DropBox. If it is on the same machine it is not a backup. A backup is a separately stored location.
Time Machine shouldn't search for a wireless device unless you set it up with a Time Capsule, or connected the drive to an Airport base station which was using drive sharing at the time that Time Capsule was connected. Time Capsules, are special wireless (WiFi, Airport) routers that include hard drives. See my link on my user tip above (2455) which includes information about backing up. Time Machine backups to external hard drives are back ups that are most usable if they are backups from older Macs or the same aged Macs as the ones they are being restored to. The only problem is if the old Mac was pre-2006 in age. Then you may need to cherry pick data out of the Time Machine backup to an Intel Mac. Also older applications may not transfer if the were initally designed to work on pre-2006 Macs.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to a brody)
I'll look more over the link you sent when I get home tonight and post if I have any more questions.
My dropbox account is through the web. There is a physical icon that I can drag things to on my computer, but I can also access it through www.dropbox.com.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to szymk1sm)
Remember though, DropBox typically only saves documents, not full fledged applications. If you lost the original installation discs or codes they may be difficult to come by without repurchasing software. Cloning on the other hand often saves any software that includes registration codes so if you have to restore data after a dead hard drive, you don't have to resurrect that data as often.