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    billwill's Avatar
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    Feb 15, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Does iCloud negate my backup hard drive?
    I recently upgraded to LION, then from MobileMe to iCloud. When I tried to do a backup of my MacBookPro using Time Machine and my external hard drive, the "setting up backup" function took much longer than usual and never stopped to go to backup. I finally ejected the hard drive and gave up.

    Since I'm now on iCloud, s my external hard drive unnecessary? Or do I need to do something so I can back up on both iCloud and my external hard drive? Thank you in advance.
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    Lifeisabeach's Avatar
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    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
    You would need one amazingly large and exorbitantly expensive iCloud account to use that as a full backup of your Mac. So no… keep the hard drive for regular backups.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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