Hot and Sandy

Travel writing, pictures and stuff for people I know. Quite a lot of cycling talk, and some semi-controlled ranting. Hiking, outdoor and two-wheeled stuff, perhaps a little computing when it's worth talking about. Meandering thoughts.

Saturday, January 5

Wow, Love it!

Tonight I've cloned my iMac in readiness for it to go off for repair.  Two things have been impressive about this process.  The first was that a USB 2.5" HDD with 250Gb capacity can be your for GBP 84.  I decided to pay a little more for the extra flexibility of a small disk :-) This mans that now I have 3 or 4 small USB disks and a big old pimpy neon-lit Firewire brick on my desk.  Wow! 

The second is that there's still free software out there that works well.  I used something called CarbonCopyClone.  Brilliant.  I'm going to burn an image of my PBook as well, just in case something goes horribly wrong.  

For my normal incremental backups I use a Lacie app called Silverkeeper, which (they may not truly appreciate) works with any external disk.  The only thing that's missing is the ability to script a certain background backup to happen when a certain disk is inserted...  Ho hum.  Weather looking good, planning to go training with my cycling club on Sunday, decorating tomorrow.

PS > Anyone who reads this who has a reasonable spec PC destined for the skip, drop me a line.  I need a new platform for my linuxbox.  :-)


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