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    Anybody know any must have mac accessories?
    Hello there
    I have had my new Macbook pro 13' with retina display and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for must have accessories. I bought a super neat messenger bag for it so I can lug it back and forth to my classes. I am a student and I spent way to much for it, now I understand I paid for quality but I want to protect my investment. I noticed some minor scratches already and I want to prevent that but also don't have a lot I can spend for a least a while. Any thoughts?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    One more thing. I have read that a screen protector is not really necessary. What are your thought?

    Veronica

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    One thing I highly recommend - and that is a notebook stand. Not just to keep your new retina machine cool, but to keep it elevated off your desk so when you spill something, you haven't destroyed it.

    Also, ask your parents to buy insurance for it while you're at school. Thieves love Apple computers.

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    Hey there.
    Yea the Messenger Bag is a great investment and honestly probably the only thing you need to invest in.
    But if you really want to protect it even more, a case or cover will help from scratches when doing everyday tasks. I have a quite a few of their products, but look at the BookBook Cover from ~ TwelveSouth for extra insurance. They are well made and look great. My GF has one on her MacBook Air, i have 1 for my iPhone 5 and there products have never let me down.

    As well as not knowing what your going to be doing with it, we can't really help on anymore accessories per say, but protection is the biggest thing, for longevity or re-sale value

    HTH

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    One thing I highly recommend - and that is a notebook stand. Not just to keep your new retina machine cool, but to keep it elevated off your desk so when you spill something, you haven't destroyed it.

    Also, ask your parents to buy insurance for it while you're at school. Thieves love Apple computers.
    Thank you very much for responding. I downloaded the find my iphone app and it also lets me know the location of all my apple products, it sure is helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by TattooedMac View Post
    Hey there.
    Yea the Messenger Bag is a great investment and honestly probably the only thing you need to invest in.
    But if you really want to protect it even more, a case or cover will help from scratches when doing everyday tasks. I have a quite a few of their products, but look at the BookBook Cover from ~ TwelveSouth for extra insurance. They are well made and look great. My GF has one on her MacBook Air, i have 1 for my iPhone 5 and there products have never let me down.

    As well as not knowing what your going to be doing with it, we can't really help on anymore accessories per say, but protection is the biggest thing, for longevity or re-sale value

    HTH

    Cheers
    I will definitely take a look at their products. Honestly I am not very tech savvy and I only use my Mac for school, edit home movies, and to watch movies on it. I just want some products that will keep my Macbook looking super sharp like I got it. Apart from school this Macbook is the most expensive thing I have purchased. I bought my little beater car for $500 and it hasn't failed me in 2 yrs. I am very good about taking care of my possessions

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    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Hi Veronica - good luck w/ your new purchase and at school!

    Just bought a new r-MBP myself (end of March) (my 3 previous ones were Windows laptops, so 'new' to OS X) - some great ideas about 'protecting' your computer and the insurance suggestion is excellent.

    For myself (retired), my machine is next to my den chair so I'm not as concerned about traveling damage or theft, but I've require some items that you might want to consider (if not already done): 1) USB drive as a 'recovery disc' - checkout the Recovery Disk Assistant; 2) Backup Strategy - for me, using Time Machine w/ an external Seagate HD; online storage is an option - using Carbonite on our new iMac along w/ Time Machine; and 3) External optical drive - using Apple's Superdrive - still ripping music from my CDs - might not be an issue for you?

    Well, just a few 'additions' to my MBP - enjoy!

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    hi :)
    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    And for cleaning (internally) Onyx.
    Thanks for the feedback. I have had my laptop since March and I haven't backed it up or anything to do with "internally"

    Is there anything I should do besides backing it up? I know that when you delete something from the recycle bin it does't permanently delete it. How can I delete those files to free up space?

    V

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadDave View Post
    Hi Veronica - good luck w/ your new purchase and at school!

    Just bought a new r-MBP myself (end of March) (my 3 previous ones were Windows laptops, so 'new' to OS X) - some great ideas about 'protecting' your computer and the insurance suggestion is excellent.

    For myself (retired), my machine is next to my den chair so I'm not as concerned about traveling damage or theft, but I've require some items that you might want to consider (if not already done): 1) USB drive as a 'recovery disc' - checkout the Recovery Disk Assistant; 2) Backup Strategy - for me, using Time Machine w/ an external Seagate HD; online storage is an option - using Carbonite on our new iMac along w/ Time Machine; and 3) External optical drive - using Apple's Superdrive - still ripping music from my CDs - might not be an issue for you?

    Well, just a few 'additions' to my MBP - enjoy!
    I stil rip CDs and I definitely need to purchase an optical drive Thank you very much for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovebug04 View Post
    I stil rip CDs and I definitely need to purchase an optical drive Thank you very much for the help.
    Hi again Veronica - well if you are ripping CDs (like me) then you'll need an external optical drive - I just bought Apple's SuperDrive (image below) - like the slot loading feature, but many other options will work (you may already own a USB external drive that will work?).

    Concerning a backup option, an inexpensive external HD (I bought a 1 TB Seagate @ Costco) w/ the built-in Time Machine is a good starter - you might want to also obtain a 'secondary' backup for your own files (i.e. documents, music, & photos) - I use a SSD external just for those files but a USB thumb drive will also work fine.

    Let us know if these suggestions work out for you - and if you have other questions, please post back -


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    Quote Originally Posted by RadDave View Post
    Hi again Veronica - well if you are ripping CDs (like me) then you'll need an external optical drive - I just bought Apple's SuperDrive (image below) - like the slot loading feature, but many other options will work (you may already own a USB external drive that will work?).

    Concerning a backup option, an inexpensive external HD (I bought a 1 TB Seagate @ Costco) w/ the built-in Time Machine is a good starter - you might want to also obtain a 'secondary' backup for your own files (i.e. documents, music, & photos) - I use a SSD external just for those files but a USB thumb drive will also work fine.

    Let us know if these suggestions work out for you - and if you have other questions, please post back -

    Thank you very much. That was very helpful. I have to save up some more in order for me to afford an external. I definitely want the Time Machine. I have heard great things

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    Macs don't have a recycle bin.

    Files you throw away and empty the trash on may not yet be permanently gone, but that space IS marked as available so "deleting" them again or in some other manner won't free up any space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Macs don't have a recycle bin.
    Files you throw away and empty the trash on may not yet be permanently gone, but that space IS marked as available so "deleting" them again or in some other manner won't free up any space.
    Hi Chas_m - still learning OS X myself and to better understand the TRASH basket, my understanding is that once files are placed there, they can be restored by opening the icon; now, if the trash is emptied, then the files disappear but like in Windows the disk space is simply marked as being useable for newer files, BUT I assumed that the 'freed up' disk space would show up as additional useable space - have not check this out but would be my assumption.

    Now the other issue that might be useful to explain is 'Secure Trash Emptying' - a command choice or an option in Finder - this will basically delete the files and presumably 'overwrites' the storage area so the file(s) cannot be recovered, but again I would assume that the behavior in disk utility would be similar, i.e. additional 'free' space would be shown?

    Hope that I'm clear on these questions which likely will help the OP in her questions, and also help me - thanks for any comments. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadDave View Post
    Hi again Veronica - well if you are ripping CDs (like me) then you'll need an external optical drive - I just bought Apple's SuperDrive (image below) - like the slot loading feature, but many other options will work (you may already own a USB external drive that will work?).

    Concerning a backup option, an inexpensive external HD (I bought a 1 TB Seagate @ Costco) w/ the built-in Time Machine is a good starter - you might want to also obtain a 'secondary' backup for your own files (i.e. documents, music, & photos) - I use a SSD external just for those files but a USB thumb drive will also work fine.

    Let us know if these suggestions work out for you - and if you have other questions, please post back -

    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Macs don't have a recycle bin.

    Files you throw away and empty the trash on may not yet be permanently gone, but that space IS marked as available so "deleting" them again or in some other manner won't free up any space.
    I'm still learning my Macbook

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