Just got a 2011 MBA 11", got a few questions

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  1. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
    just got my 2011 MBA 11" (4gb, 128gb ssd) from Dabs for £660 new and sealed.
    now when i brought my 2010 MBP i didnt seem to have that many questions etc but with this little bad boy i want to protect it and look after it :)
    anyway here are my questions:
    1) should i get applecare? with my wife expecting our 1st child in september, this will probably be my last mac purchase for a few years so is the £150+ is it worthwhile purchasing?

    2) to backup the mba, do you recommend the good old copy and paste method (what i did on my mbp) or use time machine?
    2.5) and if Yes do you think an external hdd or a network drive would be better?

    now onto ssd space

    3) i have about 35gbs worth of itunes items (music, videos, apps etc) which i am undecided on about putting on my mba.
    how would i go about having the music on my mba, but then as soon as i disconnect the external hard drive/network drive they go/disappear?

    any other hints or tips guys will be very much appreciated

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac or Apple Display

    • You can buy AppleCare any time during the first year warranty period, so you don't have to buy it at time of purchase.
    • You can check your remaining warranty and/or AppleCare coverage here
    • AppleCare will extend the 1 year warranty for an additional 2 years, for a total of 3 years coverage from the date of your Mac purchase.
      It also extends telephone support from 90 days, which is included with your original warranty, to a total of 3 years.
    • You cannot buy AppleCare again or renew it once it expires.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover damage from accidents, spills, etc. They only cover manufacturing defects.
    • AppleCare+ provides some coverage for accidental damage, but is only available for the iPad and iPhone, not for Apple computers.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover batteries that have worn out. They only cover defective batteries.
    • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.

    As to whether AppleCare is worth it or not, that's a matter of opinion. You'll find lots of opinions on both sides, with roughly 75% saying it's worth it. You really need to decide if it's worth it to you. If you want more information, you can search the forum, where you'll find dozens, if not hundreds of threads asking "is AppleCare worth it?" The overall consensus seems to be about 75% in favor of it.
    TM or my preference, Carbon Copy Cloner.
    Either is fine.
    One method would be to put your favorite music on your MBA, with the remainder on an external drive.

    How to split a single iTunes library over two or more media locations
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    Enjoy your Mac!

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