Couple of questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Joshaldo, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Joshaldo macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2012
    Hey guys I am currently in the process of selling my old MBP and I am wondering what the best way to back up my files is i.e. Time machine or just dropping and dragging what I need? What is the best way to restore my MBP to factory software so it is completely erased before handing over? The last question I have is in relation to the new MBP I am getting. I am getting an Apple SSD installed by Apple but I have read some reports that they use poor/crap SSD's, is this correct? Thanks for any help
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you have an external HDD, properly formatted*, then Time Machine is probably the easiest option.
    Upon opening your new Mac, you can either use Migration or Setup Assistant to migrate applications and documents and settings as you wish.
    Migration Assistant / Setup Assistant information:
    Mac 101: Preparing your old Mac for sale or recycling

    They are not crap, but they are much more expensive than if you would buy the SSD yourself and put it into the MBP yourself.
    128 GB SSDs can be had for less than 200 USD (Apple price) and 256 GB SSDs can be definitely had for less than 500 USD (Apple price - many good 256 GB SSDs can be had for less than 250 USD via Newegg or other online stores, currently the Samsung 830 is the most recommended one).

    Overview of the four major file systems (called "Formats" in Mac OS X) used on Windows and Mac OS X, compiled by GGJstudios. You can use Disk Utility to format any HDD to your liking.

    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility, found in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Here are your formatting options:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.

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