I just bought my daughter a Mac for college and was wondering if carbonite works as well for backing up a Mac as it does for PCs. I use carbonite and love it for its simplicity.
She would need a Firewire or USB external hard drive. (Local backup - not cloud backup)Time Machine works great and is included with the OS.
Correct. Time Machine is local only. (not cloud based)I wasn't aware that it was a cloud based backup. I'm using a time capsule 500GB wireless external and it backs my files up every day and keeps copies so that I can select exactly which day to restore to if needed.
The current OSX Lion has a recovery partition built in, so recovering the OS isn't a problem. Also any users of Lion are granted a free online storage via iCloud (formerly mobile.me) via the iDrive that can be used to sync specific files and folders, but probably wouldn't be a good choice for a complete system backup.
I was meaning that I didn't know carbonite was cloud based. Sorry for the confusion.Correct. Time Machine is local only. (not cloud based)
And the idisk is apples version of drop box. Not large enough for system backup.