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Time Machine iMac 2013

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Jan 26, 2013 12:38 PM

Which desktop external drive to back up Time Machine? No use for a portable and prefer to plug into battery back ups. Can't find 1T or 500 MB 3.0 USB desktop that online user reviews seem to like. Have found a 2T La Cie but that seems huge capacity for my needs and its USB connection sounds wonky.

Can anyone suggest a user friendly backup that can restore everything in case of need and runs automatically on Time Machine?

Thanks!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 12:49 PM (in response to igm32)

    If using for TM, make sure it's at least twice the size you need, any of the left column here...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:22 PM (in response to igm32)

    Does your iMac have USB3, or USB2?

     

    Even Firewire400 is generally faster than USB2, & FW800 is way faster.

     

    So we know more about it...

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware> and report this upto but not including the Serial#...

     

    Hardware Overview:

     

    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 8:50 PM (in response to igm32)

    OK, USB may work OK on the new iMac, but several problems have been reported... if it were me I think I'd sill go FW800 with a ThunderBolt->FW adapter from Apple.

     

    But if Money isn't a problem, ThunderBolt drives are available & faster by far the USB or FW.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 2:04 PM (in response to igm32)

    Good luck!

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