Computers crash all the time, and Macs are no exception. I once had a MacBook brick on me while I was on a two-week business trip, making my life miserable and forever losing a ton of important data along the way. That’s a mistake I won’t make again. External hard drives are the perfect solution for just about anyone, keeping safe your docs, media, and other data should the unthinkable happen.
Apple loves to hype its products as “revolutionary” and “magical,” and those of us who adore their products tend to gladly agree. But it wasn’t all that magical when my MacBook died, and I live in fear that my current one is going to give out on me someday, too. Apple would have us believe that Time Capsule is the only backup solution, but this is one case where you mustn’t believe the hype.
I mean, Time Capsule is just an external hard drive — not all that different than this WD 1TB external hard drive — with some extra bells and whistles. That’s really all it is. Yeah, it works “seamlessly” with OS X Leopard’s Time Machine app, but aside from Apple’s patented ease-of-use, there’s really nothing it’s bringing to the table that you can’t get with a standard external hard drive — and for significantly less money.
External hard drives are a hot commodity these days, with inexpensive models from manufacturers such as this Western Digital 1TB external hard drive, or others from the likes of Toshiba, Iomega, Buffalo, Seagate, Samsung, and more, that can backup your Mac just as well as Time Capsule can (and with better than Time Capsule’s notorious 18-month lifespan). Plus, they’reÂ just as easy to use as Time Machine, most of them being as simple as plug-and-play. And you get that wonderful portability with it, which lets you use it for more than just backing up data — you can also use it to carry HD movies and music to other devices.
If you don’t have an external hard drive, you’re taking aÂ risk that’s not worth taking. Trust me.