Originally Posted by melgross
The point is that it can fail anywhere. took notes from that two hour lecture? Your computer crashed and you lost it? Too bad your "safe" seperate backup drive is in the dorm, or you haven't had time to connect to the server.
An auto backup to a seperate partition would have saved that.
Then, you can do a better backup later.
You have to be kidding.
When a police officer calls for back up, it is because he or she is in harms way. In no case would a call for back up be made for a routine traffic stop.
What is meant by back up is the complete system. Everything included. Not just text files or your favorite pics or tunes. But programs, operating systems, preferences, etc. Companies, major or minor, programmers, ad agencies, media publications, etc., do it all the time. Drive crashes, load up from the backup and you're set to go in minutes.
Everytime I walk out the door with my laptop, I take a copy of every important thing that I did since the last scheduled back up and put it on a key. Key is in my pocket and if the data is extremely sensitive I push a copy on to an external server. But they are still copies. The back up is secured much tighter. Offsite. Under lock and key. Ready to download in the god-forbidden case that I trip over my machine in the pub and have to replace the hard drive or simply retrieve any files that I may inadvertantly deleted.
Upside, if my drive crashes and I have to reinstall, it is a lot simpler and faster to get back to work.
So what is missing? Besides the fact that I am only backing up incrementally now, the chances are that I don't really have a current bootable drive. Sure it has all the old stuff, but to make it work, I would still have to install an OS before I upload from the backup.
From our understanding of Time Machine, it appears that if your drive dies, you get it replaced and you are right back to where you were. Obvious if you have Time Machine set to only work at midnight, you will have lost any input that you made since.
So, if I don't have to install a new system first, update drivers, install programs, set passwords and/or update preferences, a few minutes after hooking up the backup, I am on my way back to the pub, while a poor undergrad sweats all night reallizing the he may still have to retype his thesis because I also fell on top of his backpack when I tripped over mine. I of course could help him, but hey, I am not a student.
In closing, Apple again has done its homework. Research. Innovation. Service. Support.
You could say, there just may be no better backup to have.