This old backup: how to dispose of your old archives without exposing yourself

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Picture 4.pngAlthough much hasn’t changed with the iDisk after the switch from .Mac to MobileMe, I have noticed a couple welcome changes:

First, when uploading something to an iDisk, you get a real progress bar/file transfer box.

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In the past, you would probably just see this box for a few seconds. It would close quickly, looking like the upload was completed, but the file would still be uploading to the iDisk in the background. The only way to tell the upload was completed was by checking the file size on the iDisk.

The second welcome change to the iDisk involves iDisk syncing. In the past, iDisk syncing was completely secretive with no way to tell when or what was being synced to/from the iDisk and your computer. Now, when your iDisk is syncing, you get a handy display in the bottom of your Finder window:

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I just stumbled upon a method for moving contacts (Address Book), calendar events (iCal), and bookmarks (Safari) from your iPhone to Mac. This will be useful if your hard drive died, computer was stolen or lost, or if you’re moving from a PC to a Mac (i.e. your iPhone was previous synced with a PC and you want to move the synced info to your Mac!):

1) Open iTunes (update first if you don’t have the latest version)

2) Connect iPhone.

3) Select your iPhone (under Devices) and click the Info tab at the top.
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I never had the need to clone a Boot Camp partition — until yesterday (when I did a hard drive replacement and clone). There were several suggestions for cloning the Boot Camp partition around the interwebs, talking about complicated (well, time consuming) techniques using XP programs, re-creating disk images via boot camp, and re-installing XP and manually dragging/dropping files back. Uhg!

Twocanoes decided to make this super simple, offering a terrific free (donationware) application called Winclone. Very minimal interface with just one purpose, cloning Boot Camp; both NTFS and FAT partitions.
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