Remember the ‘Lines of Death’ incident with my iMac? The husband bought me an (really cool looking!) external hard storage that works with the Mac’s Time Machine and using FireWire 800 (so much faster than USD2.0; we would go for the thunderbolt – even more faster, but not many storages are designed with that feature yet).
I was stressed out by the broken iMac, and to revert to using the older Mac (which is now handed down to my mum, in place of her Mac Mini) with older softwares!
The husband did the research online and at retail site on the external storages. He decided on Western Digital – My Book Studio II. Not only that this is compatible with Time Machine, it has Firewire 800 interface. The really awesome and sleek design is a bonus!
I couldn’t set it up until the iMac was returned to me. Setting up was a breeze (just go through the set up diagram sheet that comes in the box for quick reference). This is not exactly a portable device, so it has to be powered to the power socket permanently (effectively, Time Machine backs up every hour, every day, and every week!) and wired (you can choose USB or eSATA if your machine is not equipped with FireWire800) to your machine.
Available USB port, FireWire 800 or 400 port, eSATA port or eSATA adapter card
Mac OS X 10.4.10+, 10.5.2+, 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), 10.7.x (Lion)
Note: The 4 TB and 6 TB versions work with 10.5.2+, 10.6.x and 10.7.x only. OS X 10.4.x+ does not support hard drives with capacities above 2 TB.
Note: The 4 TB and 6 TB versions work with Windows Vista and Windows 7 only. Windows 2000/XP do not support hard drives with capacities above 2 TB.
Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
Dual-drive storage system
FireWire 800 cable
Quick Install Guide
Setting up Time Machine – simplified steps (click on the images in the gallery to view the caption in the individual image)
01. System preference -> Time Machine
02. ‘Select Disk’ to set up (you need to install your external HDD first); if your external storage is larger than your Mac’s HDD, it will automatically prompt you to choose to use for Time Machine)
03. Select the disk, or set up other time capsule
04. Define the options
06. Access your backup from sidebar or finder’s directory
07. Icon on the menubar
08. (To restore to earlier version) on Menubar icon, select ‘Enter Time Machine’
09. Once entered into time machine, select the timeline you want to restore to (on the right panel)
10. Check on the bottom panel for the timeline selected; click ‘restore’
11. If the same file exits, you are prompted to keep original, keep both, or replace. If unsure, always choose ‘keep both’, then delete later.
I have used different backup storages, including Seagate one touch (which has been a disappointment!), iSmart portable storage (which is straight forward, reliable, for portable purpose, but it lacks the sophistication of auto-sync), and I have to say that I am very pleased and impressed with WD My Book Studio II. It’s intuitive, reliable, and really just puts my mind at ease.
We bought ours from the retail shop, but you can get it here (a more affordable version – that is if you don’t need FireWire 800 interface, or if you are using PC): We have bought items from this seller, and find them reliable and responsible; check if they have My Book Studio II if you are interested in getting exactly what I am using.
Or the portable version: (different seller, we have not purchased from this seller before)