What is the Best Option?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jamesthemidwife, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. jamesthemidwife macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I am just starting a PhD, and am trying to decide what, if any, hardware to buy.

    I currently have an iMac at home, and PC desktop at uni.

    Although I would like the option of working elsewhere, this isn't essential to my studies.

    I am debating what is the best way to have one version of work, that I can access from home or uni or elsewhere, with only one up to date version, that is safe and backed up.

    Should I get a laptop that I do my work on, and not use the iMac for uni work, or a timecapsual that I save my thesis work on, and access on-line when I am not at home, or get a small portable drive to keep with me all the time? Or something else like an on-line storage thingy?

    Is it easy to access the timecapsual from home? Is there a lag to access files, and is this internet speed dependant? And if I am using this to access data from, I assume that that also needs to be backed up? IE can the capsule corrupt, and if so, would I be screwed?!

    Sorry, I don't think I have made much sence!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

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    #2
    Get a flash drive and use it with both machines. $10 solution.
     
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    #3
    Or you can keep your thesis file(s) on sites like dropbox for free.
     
  4. BubbaJones macrumors regular

    BubbaJones

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    #4
    Whatever you do, make sure you have a backup.

    Thumb drives are easy to lose. Portable drives are easy to steal.
     

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