Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to Apple4Ever556)
Byron, remember a long time ago (at least a couple of years) we talked about some of the software you have - at the time you were running Drive Genius most of the time. I told you it wasn't necessary, sometimes that kind of stuff can cause problems.
You said you haven't used it, had uninstalled it and then installed it again - is that right? I know you're trying to do what's best, but just because someone says it's fantastic and sells it, doesn't mean that you need to have it.
Also about two or more years ago I talked you through setting up an external hard drive and how to make a clone. A few months ago, you told me you haven't done that in a long time. But I think you said that you have your music and videos backed up, right? From what I know, you have nothing besides those things on your computer that you need to have - is that right?
Do you have any other (important private or financial) info on your computer or does your Grandma take care of those things? If you do, then you definitely need to back that up. If not, having your music and videos on the G Drive is good enough. You have to think of it this way: which files do I have to have if my hard drive dies tomorrow - and then back up all of those.
So let me know what you have on your G drive and if you need to back up more than what you have on there now, ok.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to Apple4Ever556)
Drive Genius will report false positives and may be responsible for causing disk corruption.
Utilities such as Drive Genius 3 cost nearly as much as a backup hard disk.
I do not recall any time in which the Apple Stores used Drive Genius. Their use of a similar product (TechTool Deluxe) ended about the time Leopard was introduced.MacBooks iMacs iPads AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 27 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 4:10 PM (in response to babowa)
All i do is just back up my entire iMac to My G-Drive, but have not done it in a while, but i'll back up My Entire iMac to the G-Drive
thats what i been doing all along but just have not done it in a few month's
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 4:15 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
ok got it.
but I Do have lots of Movies & Music & TV Shows & Music Video's on Apple iTunes, I Have 275.04 Available Free Space, i'll back up My Entire iMac to My G-Drive & i'll buy another Hard Drive to put all My Music & Movies & TV Shows & Music Video's on, i hope that sounds cool with you?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to babowa)
I Do have important information in My Contacts address book & I Do have a financial software that i use everyday to check up on my Bank Accounts it's called Mint QuickView I Use it everyday, i have it on my Menue Bar all the time, i check up on My Bank Accounts & what i am buying & what money gets put in there & gets taken out all the time & they even have a website & they are very helpful on getting people to save money i heard & see & i even have the Mint QuickView iPhone App also.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 5:38 PM (in response to John Galt)
BTW I Have heard in Magazines that they used Drive Genius 3 in Apple Stores in The Genius Bar on Macworld & MacLife Magazines, i huess they must say these things to get everyone to buy the product? & I Won't Install Drive Genius 3 anyomore since i know everyone say's on here that it's bad.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 5:53 PM (in response to Apple4Ever556)
Okay, Byron, so let's see what we need to do here.....
First, you really don't need TechTool Pro either - what Linc was trying to tell you is that you really don't need any of those and you should be using them only if you have a problem. But, we've had this discussion before, so if you want to keep it, keep it - just try to use it less, okay? All of those softwares are only necessary if you are having a problem - they're like calling the repair man - you only need him when something is broken.
Now, if you do use a financial app and it keeps track of things for you, you need to back that up - otherwise, you may lose it if something goes wrong. So, aside from your music and video, you should do a bootable clone backup with CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper - do you still have one of those? And, important, do you remember (or did you copy) my instructions from way back? If not, I can walk you through it again. Or, if you don't want to do that kind of backup, you can use Time Machine (which is on your machine), but before you use that, you need to read about it (a lot!!!) - it doesn't make a clone, it makes a copy and then it keeps making copies until the external drive is full. Then it deletes the oldest backup to make room for a newer one - and that is a very short explanation of how it works. I can't talk you through that because I don't use it; I like doing the bootable clones.
So, you need to make a decision how you want to back up. Then, the next step is: you can keep your current G Drive and keep using it the way you have it. Then buy another hard drive and use that for your new backups.
So, let me know what you want to do, ok.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 6:05 PM (in response to babowa)
i'll back up my entire iMac Computer & i only have 1 G-Drive right now.
I Have SuperDuper always had that since you told me about it.
I Printed everything out that you told me to do from Last time, i hope it's ok with you if I Back Up My Entire iMac Computer? is it ok if i do that?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 6:33 PM (in response to babowa)
i think sometimes my thread is dissapearing sometimes & reapairing?
I Will be buying another Hard Drive, I Promise
& i'm sorry we keep talking about the same stuff again, it's not gonna happen anymore I Promise.
I Been reading your long message so i been Editing my messages but i'm done now.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 6:36 PM (in response to Apple4Ever556)
Yes, it's fine if you do that, but......... important:
If you want to backup your entire system using SuperDuper, you need to have an empty external drive or at least an empty partition on it.
So, I've forgotten: can you send a screenshot of what your external hard drive has on it (what I need to know is how big is it - total, and do you have more than one partition on it). If you send a screenshot of Disk Utility with the drive attached, it should look similar to this (don't worry, my external drive has loads of partitions, so it's showing all of them) - here is a screen shot of mine - the top part is my internal drive and then the highlighted one is the external (1 TB OWC...). And make the screenshot big enough so I get to see the information below.
PS - they're having a problem with the forums here sometimes - my response to you didn't show up for 15 minutes, so just slow down and wait a while, ok.