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Link Happy New Year – My hard drive failed

I returned from vacation to find out that the 3 year old Western Digital boot drive on my Mac Pro failed and the machine would not boot. That gave me pause for reflection on what I really needed to recover to get up and running. Here is my list:

  1. Need to install OS X on a new drive. ($99 from Best Buy).
  2. Need to install Apple Aperture to do initial culling of photos and videos that I take before uploading to Phanfare. I also do minor editing in Aperture. (some day Phanfare will solve this problem)
  3. Need to install MS office because I still have some legacy files on NAS in my house.
  4. Need to install VMWare because I still use Outlook for email. My Windows image was stored on a SW raid in the same machine so that is intact.
  5. Need to install iLife so that I can test iPhoto with Phanfare. I don’t use much of iLife very often.
  6. Need to install Firefox and Chrome. I still can’t decide what browser I want to use. Firefox has become a memory hog. Chrome lacks Java support on the Mac.
  7. Need to Install dropbox. I am trying it out as a substitute for the NAS in my basement.
  8. Need to install Skype. I use it mostly for text chat.

That’s it. My music was on the RAID partition so I did not lose that. Music seems to be the last remaining data challenge to get running off the cloud. Apple probably has some ideas there with the acquisition of Lala. I wrote a post on how I would like to see the music service work at Apple.

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    Install VMWare because I still use Outlook for email. My Windows image was stored on a SW raid in the same machine so that is intact.

  • meyercr

    Hi Andrew,

    Have you tried Zumodrive.com. It is similar to Dropbox, and works on Macs, Linux, Windows, and they have a snazzy iPhone app.

    It has the idea of linking an existing directory(s) to the cloud, whichs you backup and fast access.

    Thanks for sharing your experience,

    Craig

    Ps. There is also jungledisk.com which I also use for offsite backup.

  • http://blog.phanfare.com erlichson

    Nope, never tried zumodrive. I actually like the dropbox only watches a single folder so that I know its not messing with my existing stuff. I like that it starts empty too.

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    such a great way to welcome the year…
    :(

  • http://fastforwardacademy.com/index-page-irs-enrolled-agent-exam-course.htm Mandi

    I need to backup my photos on Phanfare. And soon. I'm terrified of losing all my photos in a fire or something. :o P

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