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best buy for modest backup during upgrade

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Dec 5, 2012 7:38 AM

what is the more economical hardware for backup of stuff on laptop

during an upgrade from Tiger to Leopard 10.6 ?


I have a 4G memory stick.  The laptop is only 1 G.

Can I put all the applications and content on the memory stick ?

MacBook Pro, iOS 4.3.3
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,565 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 7:48 AM (in response to Barbararose)

    Don't confuse RAM "memory" which is temporary memory on chips with hard drive file storage.  Even with Tiger you have a lot more files than 1 GB.  If you have very, very modest use you might be able to use a flash drive.  If you're a regular user you could have tens if not hundreds, if not possibly even thousands of GB.


    Don't think of this in terms of temporary backup.  You want a long-term backup solution.  Your computer drive could fail at any time, it's just a bit more risky something unpleasant will happen when you are upgrading (not drive failure but bad file rearranging).


    Look into getting an external hard drive.  I cannot recommend a particular model but there are good and bad ones for Macs.  It's a slightly complex topic.  If you want to play it safe, go with a vendor such as OWC or Personally I would make sure the drive they put inside the enclosure is a Western Digital model and go with at least a blue or even a black.  Yes it is more costly but if you get a good one then likely the external drive may last through several computer generations for you.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,320 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to Barbararose)

    My only addition to Limnos' excellant advice I would add is to implement a backup system all the time not just during uogrades. While it is true that during major projects like upgrades there is a greater chance for data lose, the possibility of data lose is always there.


    Rule of IT. Lose of data is a certainty. The only question is when.


    So get an external drive and implement a backup plan to protect your data.



  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,320 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to Barbararose)

    TTBOMK Word updates are not free.


    Try OpenOffice. It is free and it works.



  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,320 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 7:29 AM (in response to Barbararose)


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