I really need to switch to Mac!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jbachandouris, May 10, 2010.

  1. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    My hard drive on my PC laptop needs to be replaced according to HP diagnostics. Fortunately, it still works fine. HP sent a new one today. The hassle is that I have to back up things to a DVD since I don't have a better backup solution, ie. Time Machine! When I do switch, I still need to get an external hard drive for this PC. I been at it for about an hour and I still haven't even pulled out the old drive!

    I anxiously await the justification to buy a 13" MBP (justification is needed since I am out of work-4 1/2 months now).

    So, 32bit or 64bit Windows for this laptop?
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008

    1) Unless you need a 13" MBP to generate income, there is no justification
    2) When you get your new PC HD, you'll be able (with several PC progams) to backup to external hard drive. This is the cheapest and most effective solution. HD's fail in Mac also. Backup all important data.
  3. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    True, but with Time Machine, isn't it all automatic?
  4. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    It is, but you must back it up on an external drive. That's the point of backing up. (I.E. not lose everything on the drive inside the computer)

    You could partition the drive, to back up on the same drive, but it would be utterly stupid.
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If you have Windows 7 (I think certain editions of Windows Vista do too) you should have a backup program that will do the same thing exact as time machine.
  6. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    No need to buy a Mac. Windows 7 > Mac Snow Leopard. Save your cash dude.
  7. nick1516 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Nobody that doesn't have a job should buy a mac...
  8. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    I've been using Macs for >20 years now and the are my main computers. I would have owned over 15 of them over the years.

    I would recommend Mac to anyone, though the reality is that I don't think that what you are saying really necessitates a purchase of a new laptop.

    Yes, Time Machine is simple and easy, though I know lots of people who criticise it for its limitations (i.e without a hack you can't adjust the backup seclude) and there are lots of Windows options out there.

    If your only problem is a faulty HD then a new one is pretty cheap and find a backup solution.

    If you need a whole new computer, then a Mac is a great option, though I wouldn’t recommend getting in to debt to buy one.

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