Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:35 AM
Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:47 AM
I can erase a disk, archive to it, but to connect it seems I just unplug it. It seems in the past I once had trouble restoring from it, but it may have been something I did. Still, this seems to be an area that doesn't get discussed and lacks info on.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:48 AM
Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:04 AM
USB? You are wrong again. You can boot from external USB drives if they have been formatted in GUID. Apple specifically addresses that on its web site and I can confirm it works fine with late Tiger or any Leopard installation.
TC is at best flawed, at worst useless.
The optimal backup remedy for the home Mac user is a single USB (GUID) or FW external drive attached to each computer. Hard wired, not dependent on wireless connections which are subject to the whims of you cable or DSL provider. Cheap, too.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:21 AM
For my money, AirPort Extreme + USB hard drive is the way to go. Our printer has ethernet and so plugs right into the APE. Doing everything hard wired would be a pain.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:37 AM
I have an external drive attached to my workhorse desktop machine for Time Machine backups, and a second one attached for a bootable image copy.
For the various laptops in the household, however, the Time Capsule is ideal, and for the reasons stated above -- user documents are backed up silently and continuously. Previously those machines got backed up only if I manually intervened.
If a laptop's internal drive should fail, I am comfortable reinstalling the system software from a DVD, then restoring user documents from the Time Capsule, since the laptops do not have a lot of customization or third-party software. However, I do also have a bootable portable hard drive as well.
I find the Time Capsule to be quite useful. Explain to me why I'm mistaken, or hold your tongue.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:48 AM
My family's laptops are important to them, but not "mission-critical" to the extent that they need bootable backup images. (And where exactly do those go on laptops, anyway?)
Once again, your needs may be different, but that doesn't make the Time Capsule "totally useless".