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Greetings. I am buying a Macbook tomorrow. I am very excited because Windows crashed so much I lost my life's work.
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You're not planning on also using that Mac without a backup are you?

You can lose the rest of your life's work if the hard drive crashes on your Mac without a backup just as easy as you can a Windows machine.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
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The good news is that your Mac will come with a little gem called Time Machine. Just get yourself an external HD, and Time Machine will do the rest. No problem!
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I actually had it backed up on an external hard drive. Windows wiped that clean. Don't ask me how.
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Once you set up your Time Machine to an external HD, backups are created automatically. Just set up and forget. Excellent function.
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A freebie "Silver Keeper " does same thing as Time Machine. A great program.
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I actually had it backed up on an external hard drive. Windows wiped that clean. Don't ask me how.
I really would like to know, since Windows doesn't typically do that. Ever.
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lol Well, I really am not sure. I had the external hdd plugged in to my crappy netbook. I was doing a backup, when I got a mysterious error message (numbers), and Windows tried to reboot, and never rebooted again. God rest its soul. I then got Linux, and the external is blank.
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What format is the external? NTFS? FAT32?

It could be find and Linux not able to read it if NTFS. Which version of Linux? Ubuntu?
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External is NTFS, and I was using Ubuntu yes.
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