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Old 02-14-2017, 08:50 PM   #15
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FWIW I manage an archival operation as part of my job. The standard for archivists is to store materials on hard drives. They keep three: one to keep on site, one to loan out, and one as a "golden" backup. To me, that means just two hard drives is a pretty reliable system for a home user who wishes to preserve files for the long term... and hard drives are pretty cheap these days.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:34 AM   #16
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Backups fail, too. The hard drive in my Time Capsule failed a few months ago, and I had to replace it, and re-backup everything.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:12 PM   #17
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Think about the software you DON'T have to buy with an Apple.
It all adds up. I think Apple is the CHEAPEST by far!
And way less frustrating!
Unless Tim Cook destroys Apple I'm a customer for life.
The freedom from viruses, trojans, worms and all the other crap than takes the fun out of a PC is wonderful.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:17 PM   #18
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And way less frustrating!
Unless Tim Cook destroys Apple I'm a customer for life.
The freedom from viruses, trojans, worms and all the other crap than takes the fun out of a PC is wonderful.
I have one Windows laptop that I use for a couple of applications not available for Mac. Since we have it, I have a couple of game on it, also not available for Mac. I am on it right now, but it is the first time in a couple of weeks I've even turned it on.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:19 PM   #19
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I have one Windows laptop that I use for a couple of applications not available for Mac. Since we have it, I have a couple of game on it, also not available for Mac. I am on it right now, but it is the first time in a couple of weeks I've even turned it on.
You can run Windows on your Mac with Parallels.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:30 PM   #20
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I was a Windows guy for over 20 years. Until a few years ago. Apple grabbed me with its clutches and didn't let go. Mac or bust.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:45 PM   #21
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And way less frustrating!
Unless Tim Cook destroys Apple I'm a customer for life.
The freedom from viruses, trojans, worms and all the other crap than takes the fun out of a PC is wonderful.
I get much of my computer info from our main IT manager at work who runs our network and all the rest from his Mac. He converted me over to the Apple world. Macs are being targeted more and more all the time so you had better run a good antivirus and firewall no matter what computer you own. The public utility that I work for is always being probed by the Chinese, Russians, Iranians, etc... I use intego antivirus software.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:53 PM   #22
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You never know. I got a new MacBook Pro 15" top of the line model w/fastest CPU for $1000 off regular price at Best Buy a few years ago! It was a fluke open box. It was returned next day and never registered. They are having a sale right now. I just got the email on "apple sale".
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:24 PM   #23
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You can run Windows on your Mac with Parallels.
Not this one.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:33 PM   #24
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I recently got a mini SD card that is 200GB for $79.00. I have backup my entire MBP on it. Just got an email where they now take terabyte SD cards for around $120 or so. It amazes me as a few years ago, I remember paying $300 for a 500GB rugged lacie external HD and now that much is available in a micro SD (the size of your small fingernail).
Almost all of my Macs have come from the refurbished section of the Apple Store.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:43 AM   #25
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I recently got a mini SD card that is 200GB for $79.00. I have backup my entire MBP on it. Just got an email where they now take terabyte SD cards for around $120 or so. It amazes me as a few years ago, I remember paying $300 for a 500GB rugged lacie external HD and now that much is available in a micro SD (the size of your small fingernail).
Almost all of my Macs have come from the refurbished section of the Apple Store.
I got a flush mount HDMI expansion port for mine. It was $60, and I found a 512GB micro SD card for that for $20. Now, any movies, music, or photos go on that. The downside is, it's kind of a pain to pull the adapter out, but since it doesn't protrude out of the computer, there is essentially zero chance it will get caught on something, and either damaged, or pulled out.
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I'm told eight years is about all I can expect out of an Apple laptop.
An eight year old computer of any make is mostly useful as a door stop.
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My 2007 20" iMac is still chugging along (2.5ghz Dual Core Duo). A couple of years ago I replaced the 320g drive with a 2TB hybrid drive but last November I purchased a new 15" MBP in November from B&H with 512g SSD and 16g memory to replace it, free shipping and no sales tax. I looked at the new 2016 MBP and decided they were too expensive and didn't want to purchase a 1st gen product. I have a number of USB drives and I like the SSD card slot reader vs the USB-C solution of the new MBP. I'll probably remove the 2TB drive from it and buy an enclosure from OWC then recycle the iMac.

I gave my 2011 MacBook Air with 256g SSD to my daughter. No hardware issues with either the iMac or MBA.

I used to use iPhotos then moved to Aperture and when Apple ditched Aperture moved to Photos. Photos works OK for me right now but there is a lot of it I don't like. I'd like to switch to Adobe Lightroom but don't like the subscription model. Lightroom 6 is available on disc but it will probably be the last version plus I'd loose all my changes to my photos and frankly I don't need the capabilities. There are plug ins available for photos.

For storage I've moved all my iMovie, Photos and iTunes libraries off the iMac to a LaCie 2TB (4TB if you want to mirror)Raid 1 portable drive which has Thunderbolt interface. It loads the libraries pretty fast even though the drives are not SSD. I also have a 3TB Time Capsule that was backing up the iMac via Time Machine. I need to finish up transferring the remaining files from the iMac and use Time Machine from the MacBook Pro.

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Since switching to digital in 2002 I have maintained two identical hard drives for the images taken. When they fill up I get a couple more. I used PC/windows equipment until 2007. I switched to a macbook pro in late 2007. That 2007 Macbook pro is still running strong, but no images reside on that machine except when I am editing. (I always use two stand alone hard drives for the images) A year ago I was worried about the old macbook failing at some point and I purchased a new macbook pro. My experience with windows equipment is that windows machines are "high maintenance".....always requiring much more time and frustrations than the mac equipment. For imaging and video, Mac is the way the pros handle their workflow. Yes the equipment is more expensive up front, but over the long haul the benefits justify the expense for me. I spent more on PC equipment and keeping it running from 2002-2007 than I have spent on Mac equipment from 2007-2017. Most of my photo friends run mac equipment too. I have many 1T hard drives all mirrored......
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