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    Time Machine Drive

    Sorry. looks like I posted the wrong links. here there are: Essential: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Esse...4503&sr=1-2 Elements: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JTQCU...=cm_cr_asin_lnk
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    Time Machine Drive

    I am looking to get a new TM external for my 24'' iMac, and as always, can't decide on brand, size etc. The machine has a 320GB drive, so the minimum size I am looking at is 640GB. However, 750GB and 1TB drives are not much more expensive. So far it seems that I will be sticking with WD. As of right now, the two drives in the lead are the WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0, and the WD My Book Essential Edition 1 TB USB. Any input would be greatly appreciated. another quick note: what is the difference between the Western Digital My Book 1TB Mac Edition and the WD My Book Essential Edition 1 TB? thanks.
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    Speck Macbook Cases

    Does anyone have an experience with the Speck See Thru and Speck See Thru Satin Cases? Although the Macbook unibody enclosure is beautiful, I am afraid that my wife will find some way to scratch/damage the case. Any other suggestions besides Speck enclosures? Thanks in advance.
  4. I am looking at one of the brand new Mac Pros and was wondering how significant the performance jump will be from a single quad to dual quad core machine. I definitely have to take the $700 difference into account, but more importantly, how many applications can harness the power of 8 cores? Additionally, as this is my first time buying the professional desktop, I would love to know how much longer the 8-core machine will last compared to the quad core. Thanks in advance for the advice.
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    Drobo and DiskWarrior

    A friend of mine had a faulty logic board in his iMac which caused his brand new Drobo to stop appearing in the Finder. Now that the logic board has been replaced, he wants to start reusing his Drobo without losing all of his data. I assume that the data is not corrupt, only the drive map (I think that is what it is called). Does anybody have any suggestions as to what programs might do the job, or is Disk Warrior 4 the best there is? Additionally, with Drobo's special internal RAIDing, is it impossible to recover the data?
  6. A friend of mine has one of the newest iMacs but had his logic board replaced because there was something wrong with the USB and other external inputs. Now, when he tries to look through Time Machine, he finds nothing on his dedicated Time Machine Drive even though it shows up in the finder as "Time Machine Backup". I believe the drive still has the data but doesn't recognize that it is the backup for that computer now that its logic board has been replaced. Any way to get the data back and reinsert it into Time Machine properly?
  7. With the latest iMac refresh simply being a speed bump and Blu-Ray still missing from Mac, would it be safe to assume the next upgrade will be a big one? mactactic.com predicts four and a half months but if its only a minor upgrade I think I may go out and purchase one now. Any thoughts?
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    I can wait...just any idea how long?
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    Now that Blu-ray has "won" the format war, when are we going to see Macs with Blu-ray drives? I want to use a Mac as the hub for a 108 inch projection home theater but I am hesitant to buy anything without an HD capable disk drive. What should I do? Wait? Or get an external burner?
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    2.4 vs 2.5 GHz MBP

    I am not selling any machine. I just need a powerful laptop that does Windows and Mac concurrently and snappily. Mainly basic functions but some extremely high resolution image manipulation.
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    2.4 vs 2.5 GHz MBP

    My only concern pertains to the "purchase what you can" Technology Policy. I am afraid that skimping out on the $500 will come to bite me in butt later in the products lifetime. Or am I just being paranoid?
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    Drobo vs RAID

    Could you specualte as to how soon the release would be? The other issue is FW 400 vs USB 2.0. If Apple revs the MacMini without FW 800, I would be stuck with either FW400 or USB 2.0. I guess I might as well wait for the New MacMinis to make a decision. Thanks for the help.
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    2.4 vs 2.5 GHz MBP

    Including AppleCare and the Apple Remote, the price difference is $500. Is it worth the price difference to get the better video card, HD, and processor? $500 seems a bit steep to me.
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    iBook G4 popping noise

    Has Apple been so kind as to repair the issue? I have AppleCare on 1 of my 2 iBooks and would really appreciate it if they repaired both.
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    Drobo vs RAID

    When connecting +1TB of external storage to a Mac Mini, which is hooked up to an HD Projector, which will suffice? I am really impressed by Drobo, yet the USB 2.0 Spec makes me doubt its ability to playback HD from the external console. On the other hand a (FW 400/800 interface) RAID is not very flexible. What type of performance will I get playing HD straight from the external drive? Any thoughts?