What is the Best Option?

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

  1. jamesthemidwife macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Get a flash drive and use it with both machines. $10 solution.
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Or you can keep your thesis file(s) on sites like dropbox for free.
  4. BubbaJones macrumors regular


    May 13, 2004
    East Coast
    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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