I upgraded to Leopard — unfortunately for me I purchased it from the Campus Computer Store one freaking day before my Apple Distinguished Educator (not for resale) came in the mail — crap! Oh well. I didn’t really have much to say about it here on the blog, but it is a very nice upgrade. My MBP upgraded perfectly, but my iMac at home was not as lucky. It required two days of trouble shooting and four (yes, four) installs before I got it working properly. I got what I thought was a Windows only feature — a blank blue screen. Then after it finally installed, it locked me out of my account, insisting that I was not the administrator of the machine … Apple Support forums said installing the Keychain update would fix it. There is a slight problem there, you can’t install stuff if you aren’t an admin. Took me a while, but using the root account I was able to reset the password and all has been fine since.
There was one other little problem … for some reason (coincidence I am guessing) one of my three external hard drives I use decided to die. It makes a horrible clicking noise and never mounts. Not a big deal, storage is cheap but that is the one drive I used to store all of my documents — not music and movies, but (in some cases) decades old files. Scared the shit out of me. Good thing I am a backup freak show … I was able to use my Apple Backup software and recover everything in about an hour. Worked perfectly. This is the third time I have had to do a full on restore of parts of my digital life. If you don’t backup, do yourself a favor and go to the store, buy a hard drive, and backup your stuff.
It looks cool, but is it a real disaster recovery tool?
The whole scenario has me thinking and wondering if Apple’s fancy new Time Machine is a safe and viable backup strategy? It seems very slick for going back in time and grabbing a deleted file or two, but is it a true disaster recovery system? If it isn’t should I have yet another hard drive to do real backups on? I have had terrific success with Apple’s Backup software I get with my .Mac account … what will Time Machine do when my primary hard drive goes down — you know, the one with Mac OS running on it — and I have to reinstall the OS to try and restore? Will it work that way?