There are many reasons that having a backup for your data is a great idea. But this shouldn’t just apply when you’re at home, school or the office. It’s also important to have a reliable backup option when you’re traveling.
Whether you’re on the go for work or pleasure, a back up can save you from losing critical data such as presentations, important documents or even all of those new photos from your trip.
In a recent review, tech website Mac Performance Guide praised the performance of the OWC Mercury Envoy Pro EX as “outstanding” and noted its design “looks and feels like an Apple product.” And in an additional article on the site praising the Envoy Pro EX, there is a reminder of a good reason to be wary of the dangers to your data – aside from simply damaging your equipment or drive failure. Mac Performance Guide points out that when traveling, often the most likely “failure” of a drive isn’t failure at all – it’s theft.
To combat this, Mac Performance Guide recommends that you keep your backup in a safe location away from your laptop altogether. In fact, they point out that with the reliable Envoy Pro EX, you’re getting a drive so small and light that you can even carry along with you in your pocket, making it the “ideal” travel companion.
There are plenty of things to think about when you’re out on the road. Be sure to follow this sage advice from Mac Performance Guide to keep your Envoy Pro EX and your data inside of it safe and sound so you’ll have one less thing on your mind.
As far as backup strategies go, Time Machine is a pretty good addition to your backup strategy. You get hourly backups, can go back and retrieve accidentally-deleted files and can even restore your system from it. At both home and work, I use it as part of my backup strategy, filling in the spaces between regular clones of my system. In fact, the only thing I dislike about Time Machine is how long it takes to create its initial backup if you’re backing up to a shared drive over a network.
Recently, I took the opportunity to centralize the majority of my storage in my home to drives attached to an older MacBook Pro. As part of this project (which is the topic of a different article down the road), I put a 2.0TB drive in an older USB 2.0 miniStack, and wanted to use this as the Time Machine drive for my current MBP. The problem was that—regardless of whether I connected to that drive via WiFi or via Ethernet—Time Machine kept telling me that a backup of the approximately 250GB would take around a week or more to make.
Obviously, this was not acceptable.
Drawing from various sources on the Internet (where, apparently, there are a large number of people with similar complaints), I was able to paste together a solution that enabled me to get Time Machine’s initial backup time to reduce from over a week to just under two hours.
Note: I performed these steps in OS X 10.8.3; while this certainly should be possible with earlier (and I would assume later) versions of OS X, your mileage may vary. Article Continues…
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