I have two questions and I'm not sure what I want to do is possible...
I am sharing a .mac account with my business partner. We are using her machine (iMac) as the main data machine and my PB as the 'other'. This means that I always drop new data files on her machine and make a full copy of her data folder to my machine every couple of weeks.
The Big Idea would be to use Backup to synchonise the files between her HD and iDisk and then to synchronize my desktop iDisk with the real one. While I'm typing this, I am wondering how different that would be from working directly on iDisk all the time? (from both sides). Another alternative would be to synchronise some folders via file sharing (using airport) and then to use backup to iDisk. Confusion reigns!
The second question relates to the nature of CDR writing. On a PC, you can format your CDs to behave as floppies, that is that you can write/'erase' until the CD gets full (you don't really erase but can pseudo-overwrite). So far I don't understand how you can get this multi-session behaviour under Panther. (for backup or any other app)
I believe that with the built in disc burner apps you cannot make multi-session discs. With Toast however you do have the option to close the disc or not so that you can make multi-session discs. When a multi-session disc is inserted into your media drive each session will show up as a separate icon on your desktop.
Your idea of using iDisk for synchronization of data between 2 machines is sound. Go to your System Prefs/.Mac and select the iDisk button. Here you will find the necessary sync options by checking "Create a local copy of your iDisk".
I'm sorry I can't assist with your CD questions. I haven't had need to experiment with those options as I use Toast for archival back ups to CD. My strategy also includes using Backup 2 to write to RAID external drives.
Thanks guys. Helpful & useful as usual. 2 follow-up Qs if I may:
- Will iDisk manage conflicts in two machines are set up to auto synch, or should one of the machines be set to manual synch?
- Mutl sessions will result in multiple images, this means that any of them is then usable. True? Also, is there a way to burn CDs like on a PC i.e. open multiple sessions, drag and drob any time, close multiple sessions (it doesn't seem to be the case in the linked help file)
For some assistance with iDisk synchronization, you might try e-mailing my friend, Jim Dalrymple. He has extensive experience with iDisk sync-ing and will likely be able to steer you in the right direction.
I think you may be experiencing iDisk slow servers due to the fact they're on our side of the pond... and it's prime time for users to be accessing their accounts. I know from experience there are times when iDisk just crawls. You might be best to try again during your morning hours.
>does anyone know of a CopyAgent type program for X?
CopyAgent was a great OS 9 app, I really liked it. There's nothing exactly the same that I know of for OS X, but "Deja Vu" is similar. It has a setting to mirror folder contents, and can be scheduled to do automatic backups, or run manually when you feel like doing a backup. It's a really nice app (pref pane), and it's free for .Mac users.
I use Backup 2 and burn my entire user library (other than my music folder) to a DVD-RW. I have three of these discs that I use and reuse in rotation (monthly) so that I always have a built-in redundancy in case I do something dumb like say losing or damaging a disc.
I also use Backup to conduct a nightly copy of my desktop files, address book and email database.