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  1. #1

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    Apr 26, 2010
    Backup with/without TimeMachine
    Hello Mac'ers,
    of which I am a newbie, bought my first mac 4 days ago and of course am loving it, and apologise for my ignorance.
    However..... in my struggles setting up my 2 mail accounts I accidentally deleted the contents of the 1 that was actually working and lost all my emails, and I cant seem to recover them.
    I realised maybe I have to setup this TimeMachine, but it seems to want an external harddrive only, I havent partitioned my internal harddrive so I cant backup to that.
    Questions: 1 Is there somewhere I can restore what I lost?
    2. Am I right about needing the external to set up TimeMachine or can it be done without formatting my internal and loosing everything (the little I have managed to accumulate in the 4 days) on it.
    Looking forward to hearing from anyone who know more than me

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    Collin Bl's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 07, 2009
    Napier NZ
    27 iMac+Thunderbolt, iMac 20, 2TB dual TC, AppleTV, iPh4S
    Welcome to the Forum. Partitioning the Computer HD defeats the purpose of backing up - Consider if u back up using TM to 2nd partition and the Drive fails you have nothing. The likelihood of 2 HDs failing at the same time is much more remote, so splash out and get an Ext HD. It will pay off in the long run.
    Meantime check McBies comments here then decide which system is best for you.

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    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2010
    Will do, Thanks much.

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    blackmac11's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 16, 2009
    Tecumseh, Ontario
    iMac 20" 2.4 GHz Dual Core 3GB Ram 320GB Hard Drive 10.6.2 :: Ipod Touch 8 GB :: Beastly Gaming PC
    And sorry, your e-mail account is probably lost No worries after you set up time machine though, its a big relief just knowing its there...

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