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confuzedwizard
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Sep 23, 2006, 08:00 AM
 
If I order a new MacPro with 2 Hard Drives, do 2 hard disk icons show up on your desktop? How does this work exactly?

If 2 icons showed up, i would dedicate 1 of them to 'backed up' stuff i.e, Time Machine. Am i correct in thinking that we have to dedicate a space for the Time Machine data to be stored? It would be silly to put time machine data on the hard disk i currently use because if the system crashes and i lose my hd, then i lose all my time machine data. so getting 2 hard drives is better?
     
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Sep 23, 2006, 08:29 AM
 
Yes, 2 hard drive are needed. You can't backup your data to the drive it's already on.
     
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Sep 23, 2006, 08:30 AM
 
If you have two hard drives in your Mac two hard drives will show up on your desktop.

A backup should be on another hard disk for the reason you describe. If there is a hard disk failure a backup on the same disk would be useless.

Time Machine will not make an off-site backup unnecessary. There is still the risk of fire, power surge etc. Backups on optical media in a safe deposit box are a good idea in my opinion.
     
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Sep 23, 2006, 04:22 PM
 
so if i was to order a new MacPro, would it be smart to get 3 hard drives.

1st for my OS X operating system
2nd for Time Machine
3rd for Vista Operating System?
     
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Sep 23, 2006, 05:38 PM
 
I think you might be able to take the Time Machine hard drive and share it with Vista if you partition it into 2 sections, but I am not positive.
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Sep 23, 2006, 05:43 PM
 
You probably would want the biggest drive to be the Time Machine drive. You can partition the main drive and install OS X and Windows on it. 3 drives are good as well of course.
     
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Sep 23, 2006, 10:31 PM
 
Do we even know how time machine will work? I realize they said a second drive... but we really don't know the specifics.
     
confuzedwizard  (op)
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Sep 24, 2006, 07:26 AM
 
does anyone know how loud the computer is with 3 drives in it? 3 drives with fans.... might be loud.


also, lets suppose my computer hd crashes and i lose all my programs, data, music, picts....everything.
Time Machine can restore all that stuff.....or does it simply remember certain files?

is it truly a backup like dragging all your folders to an external HD?
     
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Sep 24, 2006, 07:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by confuzedwizard
does anyone know how loud the computer is with 3 drives in it? 3 drives with fans.... might be loud.
Take a trip to the Mac Pro forum. The general consensus is that they're near silent.
     
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Sep 24, 2006, 07:33 AM
 
Originally Posted by confuzedwizard
also, lets suppose my computer hd crashes and i lose all my programs, data, music, picts....everything.
Time Machine can restore all that stuff.....or does it simply remember certain files?
Time Machine backs up everything including system and applications. I suggest you read about it here:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/timemachine.html

That's everything we know about it too.
     
   
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