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I use a lot of USB thumb drives. They are really handy for doing small backups. Like under 8 Gig of data. What I really like are the USB or Firewire external drives. Especially the small notebook size ( 3.5 inch ) hard drives.

 

Low Price

The prices for these hard drives start in at $60.00 bucks for 250 Gigabyte capacity. That should take care of most people for a basic data backup.


Multipurpose

Not only can you use the drive for backup, but you can also partition ( divide ) the drive so that you can make it a bootable backup drive to your Mac using Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner. That is if you have a USB 2.0 drive and a Mac that will allow you to boot from a USB external drive.


Easy to carry

Most if not all run off the power of the USB port so there is no AC adaptor to carry with you. Simply do your backup and pop the drive in your purse or pocket ( not the back pocket of your pants — ouch ) and away you go to that offsite location. Fits well in the desk drawer or the safe deposit box.

 

Our Musical Selection from BACK in time

Now for our weekly trip to the College of Musical Knowledge. Well maybe not a college but it just sounded good.

It’s amazing how some people will come out of nowhere, be a mega hit artist and then disappear into the mist of the Caribbean and never be heard of again. Dig the cast from “”The Jewel Of The Nile”” singing backup in the White suits!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35YivWEs3zw

Enjoy.

Of course check the website http://www.internetadvisor.net to see details the show that will be on this Saturday 3/20/2010. I will be co hosting again this week with the rest of the guys. The show will be on from 4 PM to 7PM.

I will be back with another blog next week!

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  • Bruce M

    Great info on this blog…Regarding partitioning a drive, I’ve read in a few places that partitioning a HD is not recommended. The source was David Pouge’s Snow Leopard Missing Manual. I have partitioned in the past with no problems. Can you expand your insight on this?

  • Anthony Duminski

    Calvin, hopefully more computer users will “backup” their computers.

    At http://www.archieve.org is a different way to “back up” that I enjoy, especially the old web pages and movies. The site claims 150 billion old web pages. Check out some of the old Apple.com (back to 1996) and MacGroup.org (back to 1998) web pages.

    Also for those who visited drive in movies in their youth check out the intermission movies at http://www.archive.org/details/DriveInMovieAds/
    For me, it is almost like rolling back time. – – Tony D, MacGroup Detroit Member

  • Anthony Duminski

    Calvin, hopefully more computer users will “backup” their computers.

    At http://www.archive.org is a different way to “back up” that I enjoy, especially the old web pages and movies. The site claims 150 billion old web pages. Check out some of the old Apple.com (back to 1996) and MacGroup.org (back to 1998) web pages.

    Also for those who visited drive in movies in their youth check out the intermission movies at http://www.archive.org/details/DriveInMovieAds/
    For me, it is almost like rolling back time. – – Tony D, MacGroup Detroit Member (URL typo corrected)