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Ordered My New Retina - Post Purchase Help needed

marcus waugh
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Joined: Jan 06, 2014
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Hello Ranchers ,

I had previously posted about being confused about purchasing Retina Mac-book (and thanks to Java Ranch members ... my confusion was over), and finally .....

I have ordered Refurbished Mac Book (Late 2013 October) with great deal from Apple Store AppleStore

I checked previous forums where everyone and specifically Bear suggested on setting up Time Machine .

Now , I have confusion regarding this . Should I purchase External HDD or Time Capsule(wireless hard drive) .

I was leaning to buy WD (Western Digital )passport for Mac , but on apple support forums it is mentioned that WD has problems with Maverick and the problem being backup data is formatted . I had very good experience previously with WD and hence I was checking for WD HDD.

Though this is my New Mac book and I dont have any data to start with to backup , but I want to be safe .

Hence I wanted to know that any Ranchers who have recently purchased Mac book Pro with Mavericks and using external drive for time machine , about the experience. Was it smooth ride or as I searched on forums some HDD have problem with Mavericks.

In case of known problems can anyone suggest me the best HDD for time machine backup for Mavericks .

Your valuable help and inputs are very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Mark
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Congrats on the new machine!

marcus waugh wrote:I checked previous forums where everyone and specifically Bear suggested on setting up Time Machine .

Absolutely. You will not be sorry. It will save your butt at some point in the future. Trust me.

Now , I have confusion regarding this . Should I purchase External HDD or Time Capsule(wireless hard drive) .

That depends. Remember that a Time Capsule is also a wireless access point. If you want automatic backups without the need to tether an external drive to the machine, then a Time Capsule is the way to go. Not cheap though.

I was leaning to buy WD (Western Digital )passport for Mac , but on apple support forums it is mentioned that WD has problems with Maverick and the problem being backup data is formatted . I had very good experience previously with WD and hence I was checking for WD HDD.

Drives from any reputable manufacturer will work. You don't need to stick with WD.

Though this is my New Mac book and I dont have any data to start with to backup , but I want to be safe .

In addition to your data, Time Machine will back up everything. In the case of a hard drive failure or other catastrophic event, you can restore the system completely. Even to another machine if need be.

My home machine is still running Lion and I'm using a Buffalo drive.

My work machine is running Mavericks, and to be honest, I don't know what type of drive I'm using there. That's how effortless Time Machine is. I hooked it up long ago, put it behind the external monitor and have completely forgotten about it. I can check on Monday if you like.


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marcus waugh
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Joined: Jan 06, 2014
Posts: 8
Congrats on the new machine!

marcus waugh wrote:I checked previous forums where everyone and specifically Bear suggested on setting up Time Machine .

Absolutely. You will not be sorry. It will save your butt at some point in the future. Trust me.

Now , I have confusion regarding this . Should I purchase External HDD or Time Capsule(wireless hard drive) .

That depends. Remember that a Time Capsule is also a wireless access point. If you want automatic backups without the need to tether an external drive to the machine, then a Time Capsule is the way to go. Not cheap though.

I was leaning to buy WD (Western Digital )passport for Mac , but on apple support forums it is mentioned that WD has problems with Maverick and the problem being backup data is formatted . I had very good experience previously with WD and hence I was checking for WD HDD.

Drives from any reputable manufacturer will work. You don't need to stick with WD.

Though this is my New Mac book and I dont have any data to start with to backup , but I want to be safe .

In addition to your data, Time Machine will back up everything. In the case of a hard drive failure or other catastrophic event, you can restore the system completely. Even to another machine if need be.

Wow !!! I thought only data is backed up . This time machine feature is absolute life saver Thanks Bear for this info

My home machine is still running Lion and I'm using a Buffalo drive.

My work machine is running Mavericks, and to be honest, I don't know what type of drive I'm using there. That's how effortless Time Machine is. I hooked it up long ago, put it behind the external monitor and have completely forgotten about it. I can check on Monday if you like.

It would be a great help if you could and let me know the manufacturer you are using in office on Monday as my machine arrives on Tuesday . I can order the external HDD on Monday

Thanks again Bear for your expert comments and help .
You will easily make into first 100 Apple Passionate Users List if ever they publish it , with such vast knowledge on Apple Products .
 
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