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Meeting Reminder & Hard Drive Crashes

From: Todd D.
Sent on: Sunday, January 15, 2012 8:36 PM

AMUG Next General Meeting

When: Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m.

Program: Final Cut Pro X
Presenter: Todd Daniel

 Description: The pros hate it, but you'll likely love it. If you are a heavy iMovie user, it might be time to take the next leap up. We'll cover new features and its advantages over iMovie '11.

Location: North Fulton Co. Annex, Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, GA

 Questions: Todd Daniel - [masked], cell [masked]

Ramblings from the President

iMac: Catastrophic Failure

Last night, while doing taxes, my beloved 27" iMac went bonkers. When even DiskWarrior was freezing, I knew it was time to bring the ol' girl in. She had spun her last beach ball. The nice tech at PeachMac told me that due to the MLK holiday, it may be a week before the repair is complete. Ahhhhhhh!

Fortunately, my beautiful and wonderful iMac had been giving me warning messages for three months, so I was ready for this sad day. The messages would read: "SATA Serious Drive Error -- Seek Help At Once." or "SATA Says Run Like Hell to the Apple Store." But I ignored them.

A thanks to my AMUG friends who recommended that I make a mirror copy of my ailing hard drive, in ADDITION to Time Machine. So far, that has been a great blessing. Friday afternoon is when I do a full back-up, so good fortune was on my side.

While SuperDuper and Time Machine are a must, here are other tips that are helping me get through this difficult time:

- Have a mirror of all the software you use on your laptop. Nearly all software companies allow you to have a second copy on a second computer.

- Use Dropbox to keep your most critical data in the cloud. You can get a free account with 2 GB (

- Keep your meeting notes in Evernote, which also stores data in the cloud and syncs with all your machines and mobile devices.

- Use IMAP mail - I have all my email still on the server, and it's a mirror to my mail in Microsoft Outlook.

Much to my delight, the ports in my MacBook Pro pretty much match my iMac, so I'm able to still use my scanner, second monitor, printer, etc...

Again, the greatest lesson is to invest in TWO external drives, and use one for Time Machine and the other for SuperDuper. This provides a fairly high level of safety and peace of mind.

-- Todd Daniel
AMUG President

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