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Have late 2008 Mac, 750HD..need more

by shadylady88 / March 23, 2013 7:32 AM PDT

My late 2008 Macbook came 250HD, had it upgraded to 500HD, year later it's at its capacity at 750HD (I do a lot of photos/videos!)

A 1TB drive cannot be installed. Macbook runs GREAT, just need more room! Is there NON-EXPENSIVE way for me to add room (as much as I would hate to take a hard drive with my every time I use my Macbook, a new Macbook would cost too much!!)

Can I run program(s) or at least iPhoto from a Flash Drive now that flash drives are no longer expensive?


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The iPhoto app is not the thing taking up all the available
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 23, 2013 7:50 AM PDT

space on your hard drive, it is, according to you, the pictures and videos.

Is it essential to have all of your pictures and videos sitting on the Macbook.

Couldn't you get yourself an external drive and harvest off all the video and pictures that you do not immediately need?

That way you get your available space back and you don't have to carry a hard drive around with you


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Can I use a 64GB flash drive..
by shadylady88 / March 23, 2013 12:36 PM PDT

As one backup medium for my photos and videos? I'll have to purchase at least a 2TB external because my 500GB Time Machine (too small now) keeps giving me backup errors due to no enough room. Is this feasible?

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When there are 2 or more copies we have backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2013 1:56 AM PDT

I find a lot of folk make a mistake about backup. They have the files they care about on their local drive and then backup to some other place.

-> At that point we have a backup copy.

Now when the primary local drive fails, we no longer are in a state of backup and must hope that we can restore from that last copy.

There's a reason why folk learn to keep more than 2 copies (local and backup). That is, they learn that backup systems tend to fail as well and if you can't restore, well, they get more than a little upset.

Fix? Continue to backup but create another backup that is unencumbered by any proprietary backup software. That is, sync your folders AS-IS so you can copy them back when all else fails.

-> You find most folk can't be convinced of this. They have to lose it all once before they believe.
Bob learned this years ago.

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And backup that backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2013 8:30 AM PDT

Keeping in mind that externals cause far too many posts about data recovery you want at least 2 externals to keep your files in backup.

Here I have a trio of 1.5GB externals that I sync up when I feel they are too far out of date.

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