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  1. I have PowerMac G5 with 5 hard drives in it. A single 250GB hard drive is used for OSX, apps, and one admin account. The remaining (4) 500GB hard drives are striped together in a software RAID array by Disk Utility. All of the standard user accounts are on that volume. I mapped all of the accounts to that volume instead of the 250GB drive. This give me ~1.8TB of usable space for all of the files created by all the people in my family all while significantly improving data throughput on the computer. I have seen peak data transfers of 122MB on the array when copying files from one place to another. For a backups of this setup I have a FW Drobo with 3.5TB of hard drives in it. I use an application called Crashplan that does a local backup to the Drobo as well to Crashplan Central which is completely offsite elsewhere here in the U.S. If a drive fails in the RAID 0 array it will be only an inconvenience to replace the drive and nothing more. I expanded the array not even a week ago from 3 drives to 4 and a complete rebuild of the array was needed to expand the volume to 2TB. As long as you know how to configure the setup, you should be good to go. I've used Apple's software RAID for nearly 2 years and not once had a problem with it.
  2. I've run a dual RAID 0 array in a single PowerMac G5 for months on end with no problem. I had 2 750GB drives striped together via Disk Utility for a 1.5TB volume that Leopard, applications, home user accounts, etc was on and then I had 3 500GB drives striped together for Time Machine backups. So 3TB total in the system with half of the hard drive space for my incremental backups. I quit with this setup because I was running out of "usable" space on the 1.5TB volume. Later on I switched to 250GB hard drive for the OS, home user accounts, etc and moved my 1TB+ iTunes library to a Drobo where it could expand up to 16TB in size. I've also quit using Time Machine and now use an application called Crashplan. It's backup destination for my G5, MBP, and 13 other computers local and across the country is all on the Drobo as well. Not only do I have a local backup to the Drobo but I also back up to CrashPlanCentral for $4 something dollars a month. It works with PPC / Intel computers, Linux, Mac, Windows, and Solaris operating systems. As far as the RAID setup, it depends on your needs. I didn't have any use for a mirrored array but the need for incremental backups. Using a software raid solution plus the internal SATA card that I have in my G5 has given me many configurable options as well as trouble free use for nearly two years. Also, your Crashplan backup (if it's backup up the entire disk or array) can be a bootable volume with a quick line of text in the terminal. If hard drive costs were no object, I would also use Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper for less than 2 minute downtime if an array goes down.
  3. I wouldn't trust Filevault for protecting my files. I use encrypted disk images created with Disk Utility. Most of the images for receipts, finances, etc are all in small 40MB dmg's that in my Dropbox folder along with all of my documents. I have access to my files from any of my computers or virtual machines. I tried sparse bundles at one point in time but Dropbox broke them up into 8MB separate bands instead of treating it as a single file. No biggee, dmg is fine with me. If you want to encrypt your *whole* computer I would strongly suggest PGP Whole Disk Encryption. They know what they are doing and I'd trust them over any other disk / home user account encryption methods. I'm also not a Time Machine user anymore. After I heard about Crashplan found at www.crashplan.com, I quit using TM all together. It offers *many* more features than what TM offers. At this point in time I don't have a bootable clone of either of my computers. I have a PowerMac G5 and a MacBook Pro. I don't need a bootable clone. I can access my data from the cloud or from any operating system. (Windows, Mac, Linux, and even Solaris). I won't stand on the soap box preaching the benifits of Crashplan as a local and offsite backup solution. Check it out for sure.
  4. I have one of the WD dual 500GB external hard drives that are silver in color with FW 800, 400, and USB. I haven't had any problems with it corrupting files in the RAID 0 configuration. I have used the two 500's that came in it as well as two 250's at one point in time. Now, the problem that I did have with the drive was when I was using it as a bootable hard drive when I do video editing for my church. The 200GB hdd in my MacBook Pro was not large enough so I put a fresh copy of Leopard on the external with the church's user account on the WD hdd. So to sum it up the internal was personal documents and files and the external was the 1TB large capacity drive for the video projects that I do for my church. Note that I have full Crashplan backups (awesome backup application that is better than Time Machine any day of the week) of both personal and church hard drives so data loss was not a worry (for those cringing with the scary raid setup) After using the external hard drive to boot into for video work I found that the laptop would not mount ANY blank optical media but it would mount those same brand disks that *already* had media burned to them. This made no sense at all. The problem escalated all the way to having my MacBook Pro shipped off to Apple Care to replace a "faulty" Superdrive. The computer came back to me with a new drive and a fresh copy of Leopard on it. After booting into the external hard drive AND the internal hard drive (fresh copy of OSX) again I noticed it did the same exact thing! The problem came about when I first booted into the external WD drive to get my video work done. The drive created a Western Digital .plist file in /Library/Launch Daemons. This plist file was not allowing the computer to mount any blank CD's or DVD's. Once that plist file was deleted on the internal and external hard drives and then rebooted, all worked as it should. The computer could then mount blank optical media. So... this is the only problem that I have experienced with the Western Digital RAID 0/1 drives. I no longer use the WD for bootable uses. I decided to go with a single 500GB drive in a Other World Computing Mercury Elite Pro eSATA, FW 800, FW400, & USB enclosure. No problems with that as you might have guessed.
  5. Forget all about Time Machine as I have and go with the better backup solution known as Crashplan. You can back up to local hard drives, other local computers, or mounted networked volumes (like a Time Capsule) you also have the option to back up to a friends computer that is encrypted and offsite. I have several family members backing up to a G5 tower that I have running 24x7 as an 'Apple TV', file, Drobo, backup, printer, DVR, user account, and proxy server. So yes, you can back up your Mac or PC to that Ubuntu machine in it's local or external hard drive that is mounted to it.
  6. I still use a dual 1.8Ghz PowerMac G5 that is 5 years old come this June. It serves it's purpose as an iTunes server, print server, file server, proxy server, offsite data backup server for all my friends and family, EyeTV DVR server, not to mention general web browsing, TV watching, email and whatnot. I don't edit video on it anymore but everything else works on it just fine. It's not the fastest machine but it's paid for and will continue to serve me for several years more. That's how a Mac is supposed to be used. I say rock that 1.83Ghz iMac till it dies, Brent
  7. I decided not to auto renew my Mobile Me account and instead buy the 5 user family pack from Amazon. I picked up the registration code for around $75 with shipping which is still far cheaper than the auto renewal of $99 through Apple. I was able to save money and set up Mobile Me on 3 other Mac for my two brothers and girlfriend. I am glad that I went this route for sure.
  8. Get PGP whole disk encryption. It will encrypt your internal hard drive as well as all external drives including flash drives. It's well worth the $120 or so. Victor C & George Starcher of the Typical Mac User Podcast did a show on PGP a few months ago. Listen to that for all the information that you need to know about setting this up. PGP is a highly regarded product.
  9. I will subscribe as well. I use a PowerMac G5 in conjunction with a Drobo as my media server to my devices. I do not use a TV but I can still watch the content from my living room over the local network on my MacBook Pro. It will be interesting to hear how the podcast turns out and how you engage the community to help one another in this market. Just do a search over at search.twitter.com or in TweetDeck for 'Mac Mini' and you will find lots of people using it as a living room and media server for their TV. If you had a wireless keyboard and mouse you would have the ultimate computer screen and setup with the surround sound to boot.
  10. The old sparse disk bundle image of the first Mac or any Mac that has backed up successfully will reside on the Time Capsule. You can treat the TC as a mere NAS (networked attached storage) device. It is simply a file server. If you want to allow access to files and folders for anybody on the local network, those permissions can be granted provided that they are on the network and know the login credentials for accessing the files on the internal 500 or 1TB hard drive. When you connect the new Mac to the TC, the old file will stay on there until you delete it. I would leave it there for several months just for safety, You never know when you need to recover a file from your old system. You can continue to fill up the TC with TM backups and general file storage, (iPhoto or iTunes server for example) until the drive is filled up. I have the 500GB model as that was what I could afford at the time. The TC can have a larger SATA hard drive in it. It is simply a matter of disassembling the TC and replacing the hard drive with a new one once you clone the old HDD to the new HDD via Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner. There are instructions on the net on how to upgrade the TC hard drive. They can better explain that process better than I can here. To "future proof" your investment, I'd go with the 1TB model especially if you have multiple Macs backing up to it and you decide to turn the TC into a general file server. It will fill up quickly.
  11. Time Capsule will not pick right from where your last machine left off even though it is called the same. This also applies if your computer gets a motherboard replacement. Time Capsule hides some NIC (network interface card) information about the computers that it backs up in the sparse disk bundle images. So what does this mean in English you might ask? It means that there is a MAC address for each hardware interface that your computer has, example: en0 & en1, the first being the wired ethernet port and the second being the wireless card if your computer has one, this also may include en2 and so on for firewire port as Macs can get on local network and internet that way as well. So no matter if your Mac is wireless in the living room or sitting next to the router plugged directly in via ethernet, the Time Capsule backs it up as a single machine as it recognizes the network data associated with the hardware in your machine. You will have to start your backups from scratch with a new Mac, but transfer of your old data to your new Mac is super easy. Upon initial startup of the shiny new Mac, find the option where you can restore from your Time Machine backup. At that point in time Migration Assistant will take the backup that you have on Time Capsule and "restore" that backup to your new machine. Whola, and you're done. Painless process. Also note that you need to be wired in using a Cat5e patch cable. Let Time Machine do it's thing and in a few hours or less you're in business.
  12. I would also like to add The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab, Nosilla cast, and the Mac Review Cast to the list. I listen to those in conjunction with those above for the most part. All three make excellent shows and would highly recommend them.
  13. Booting from that external clone is just like booting from your internal hard drive. You will have the same desktop background and all. The benefits of having a bootable clone is if something happens to your hard drive you are able to boot from a clone of the computer and keep on working while you repartition your internal drive. If you boot from the leopard disk you will not be able to use the computer for anything else while this is happening. There are several scenarios where having a clone is a great idea. Say you take your external hard drive to a friends house or the library where they have much faster Macs where you need to do some serious video editing and encoding. You would simply restart the other Mac that you are using and when the grey screen appears hold down the Option key. The Mac will recognize the internal hard drive as well as the External hard drive. Firewire would be a big plus here, 800 being the best. Note that both your machine and the other Mac that you are on need to be the same architecture, meaning both are Intel based. Once you select your external hard drive as the boot volume it will start up and you are running "your computer" I have done this several times and is a great option to have in addition to your Time Machine backups. If you have any more questions just post them here. I have followup emails turned on so I know when someone leaves a post in this thread. Brent
  14. Your clone is going to be a bit for bit copy of your primary drive. There are preferences in Carbon Copy Cloner and Super Duper to do an incremental cloned backup of your drive. There are also preferences so that when either app runs that it totally erases the external drive and starts over from scratch. I would not use this as this leaves you with only one drive when the clone process occurs. I would suggest an incremental clone strategy along with a Time Machine backup. As far as your two partitions go, I would use the Bootcamp assistant to consolidate the two. This same process works if you were to create a Vista, XP, or or 2nd Mac OSX operating system, as you have done. See if the Bootcamp assistant will allow you to do this. It is found in your Applications/Utilities folder or do a Spotlight search. And as always make sure you have your multiple backups of your sensitive information. I would hate for you to lose everything. It always gets me a bit nervous when I am doing non-destructive partitioning. This should get you started in your endeavor.
  15. I would give Carbon Copy Cloner a try. You can set it to make an incremental clone of folders to a specified location at whatever time interval you want or even when a drive gets mounted as that can be the starting action as well. There is no need to recopy the 300GB of music every time that CCC runs. It can simply copy only the changes that have occurred since its last backup. It's a very good idea to back up your iTunes library. I would be devastated if I lost my 500GB library. I like to have 3 copies of important data such as this.