Did you know?
According to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. among 2,021 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in June., only 10% of users backup their data daily. That percentage remained unchanged from 2012.
So why don’t users backup on a daily basis?
Simply put – manually backing up you computer is a hassle. Time Machine goes a long way on changing that. It was designed as a “set it and forget it” backup solution. However, even automated backups can have a human component. For example, using Time Machine with a laptop means you regularly have to plug that backup drive into your computer. While that action is nearly automatic for some of us, for others it is easily (and often) forgotten.
But not to worry – OWC has you covered with the Data Doubler.
With an OWC Data Doubler installed in your laptop, your Time Machine backup is always with you. No extra drives to carry, nothing to remember to plug in. It truly completes that “set it and forget it” design and with the incremental backups, you don’t need to make sure you’ve attached something externally before you start working.
Accidentally deleted a file? Just restore it. No searching through backups hoping you had a Time Machine drive plugged in when you worked on the file last.
Time machine runs in the background and this is one case where capacity is King – not drive speed. Opting for a slower drive not only becomes a less expensive option, but a 5400RPM or even 4200RPM drive is plenty for keeping up with the most grueling of workflows.
Is the installation of a Data Doubler into my MacBook/MacBook Pro hard?
Not at all…it is three simple steps:
- Install your Data Doubler and secondary drive into your machine running OS X Leopard or later using our easy-to-follow DIY videos.
- Format the new drive, and …
- When the popup asking if you’d like to use this drive as a Time Machine backup comes up – choose “yes” and follow the prompts.
Is this option only for laptops?
Of course not. We have Data Doubler versions available for select iMac and Mac mini models as well. While using an external drive with a desktop machine runs less of a risk of forgetting to plug in the drive, keeping that drive internally can save room in your workspace. And that’s a few less cables to manage too.
- Compatibility: All machines that we offer a Data Doubler for can be setup this way – You just need to be using OS X Leopard or better and this option is available to you.
- Easy to setup: We’ve laid out all the prompts here so you can see how to set it up before you begin. Follow this link for some free Time Machine inspired drive icons as well.
- Easy to recover from: If your main drive fails, you can restore your entire system from the backup drive.
- No drive matching: Your two drives not only can be different brands or capacities, but it is actually recommended that the backup drive be larger than the main drive.
Stay tuned to the OWC Blog as for the next article in this series I’ll be going over another automatic backup configuration for using the Data Doubler – Setting up a “Mirrored” RAID 1.