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I am a firm believer in keeping my devices backed up and have been saved by that practice more times than I care to admit.  When I picked up the MacBook Pro I had visions of keeping it backed up with my 160GB Seagate external USB […]

Buffalo_500gbI am a firm believer in keeping my devices backed up and have been saved by that practice more times than I care to admit.  When I picked up the MacBook Pro I had visions of keeping it backed up with my 160GB Seagate external USB drive but it turned out to not be compatible with the Mac OS.  I have been looking for a reasonably priced solution and found it at one of my favorite online retailers, B&H Photo in New York.  What I picked up was the Buffalo 500GB external HDD with both USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity.  I wanted FireWire so I can use it as a boot drive with the MBP in the event something happens to the internal HDD.  The drive was reasonably priced at $195 and it arrived this week.

The drive is a speedy 7200 rpm and setup took all of 5 minutes.  The drive was formatted FAT32 to allow usage with both Mac and Windows PCs but I quickly used the Disk Utility to format it to Mac Extended for that boot capability.  I downloaded a free trial version of SuperDuper!, a simple backup program for the Mac.  The free version is full featured, just missing the ability to schedule a backup.  Buying the $28 version adds that feature so that’s what I did.  Backups are very fast with this drive and I now have peace of mind that I’m covered in the event of a disaster.  A couple of years ago I would never have imagined I would have a hard drive in my office with half a terrabyte of storage.  :)

  1. Hello Kevin!

    I was surprised to discover recently that booting via USB 2.0 devices was supported on my MacBook (purchased new in August 2006). As far as i know, the first Mac hardware to carry USB 2.0 connections appeared in June 2003 – the PowerMac G5. I don’t know if that G5 supported booting via USB 2.0-connected external drives, however. I found this information at http://www.apple-history.com.

    I read jkontherun every day! I’m a long-longtime Mac user; however, a year ago I purchased a Motion LE1600 (which I’ve upgraded to Vista) and last weekend installed Vista on my MacBook using Boot Camp. Handwriting recognition and OneNote 2003 (and Pratley’s blog posts about OneNote 2007) intrigued me sufficiently to step into the Microsoft world and give it a shot.

    (More than you need to know: Now I feel like I’m going through a mid-life crisis. That may be more to do with the fact that I’m 38, just built a house and moved in with my girlfriend but I’m struggling to find a way to incorporate both OSes into my life. I think there may be enough material there to support a regular blog!)

    Thanks very much for the great articles! You and James rock!
    peter

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  2. Umm, Peter. I am James. Thanks for the kind words though. :)

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  3. I’m sorry James! I don’t know how I messed that up. I just realized I directed my comment to Kevin, when you had written the article. I wish I could say that I was hyper-caffeinated, but i think its more to do with being an idiot. Sorry!

    Rock on!
    peter

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  4. How the heck did you reply to my reply so fast? You MUST be on caffeine. :)

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  5. Yeah, but HDs crash. Won’t you want to backup that backup to DVDs?

    (I’m SWIMMING in CD-Rs!!!)

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  6. Never. I have two copies already Odds of both HDs crashing at once are pretty low.

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