Tag Archives: Time Machine

Question about cloud backups

From today’s mail bag
I’m concerned that storing data on cloud servers like iCloud and Dropbox leaves me vulnerable to security breaches and loss of confidentiality of my personal data. I noticed that Adobe is pushing hard in this direction with their Creative Cloud offerings. What can I do to protect myself?

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Using Dolly Drive as a cloud backup system

From today’s mail bag:

Q. If I’m backing up my office computer to my external hard drive using Time Machine and I’m also an iCloud subscriber, why do I need to consider Dolly Drive’s online backup system?

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The hidden Library folder in Lion

Since the advent of desktop computing, the debate between Windows PCs and Macs has often centered around the argument that the latter platform was far easier to use. The user interface was more intuitive and features “just worked” right out of the box. With the advent of Apple’s latest operating system, that argument is beginning to disintegrate. I offer one such example from personal experience.

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Using Time Machine with Drobo FS

I consult several home and small business clients whose data backup requirements exceed more than what a single, secondary hard drive can provide. I am a Data Robotics Business Partner who recently bought a Drobo FS storage system to test on my office LAN. Click below to read my analysis of the Drobo FS that I emailed to one of my customers.

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Restore Time Machine backups on the same OS used to create it

I recently dealt with a challenging situation where the client’s hard drive in his computer crashed and we were forced to use his Time Machine backups to restore his user data and third-party applications.

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Can’t back up to OS X server using Time Machine

From today’s mail bag:

I got a new laptop. How do I set it up to back up to our Xserve configured as a Standard Leopard server? I tried pointing the backup location to the server “BACKUP” file, but it says “The Backup Disk Image Could Not Be Created”.

Please advise.

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Time Machine backup fails on one Mac

From today’s mailbag:

One of my co-workers is having difficulties using Time Machine to back up files to our server. My backups are working just fine, but hers gets an “exclamation point” within the Time Machine icon on the top of the screen.

Any ideas?

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