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- To: "Seaint" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Re: Mac conversion from PC
- From: "SGE Structural" <sgordin(--nospam--at)sgeconsulting.com>
- Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:48:17 -0700
You are completely correct that there are fully bootable solutions for Windows as well (in fact Casper is another great one). My point about the transferability of bootable backups was mentioned intentionally, and AFAIK, this is not possible due to Windows activation, registry, and general dependency on the specific hardware profile of the machine it's installed upon. Macs have no problem booting from backups (USB, FireWire, or SD Card, now) from any other contemporary Mac, and Parallels images don't either.
One of the main problems that I was trying to solve with the switch to the Mac was in response to something that had actually and recently happened in our small engineering office.
That morning, the engineer got to the computer (a PC) bright and early because we had a deadline at 5pm that same night. Moving his mouse to jitter the monitor awake (the computer is always on for the late-night backups, virus checks, etc.) - nothing happened. It was frozen, so like anyone else, the engineer did a hard-reset. The computer turned off, and didn't turn back on. It wasn't the hard drive that had failed, but something had happened between when he stopped working the night before, and the morning that basically killed his computer.
We've all been there, and luckily the after a sweat-drenched hour, the computer decided to turn back on, but the moral of the story was this: for a self-employed engineer facing an impending deadline - this is deadly. Sure, he could switch to his laptop, retrieve the most recent backup of his files from the external, and start slowly working, but this would require significant additional time that he simply did not have. Therefore, the question became: how, barring having to purchase and maintain two identical PC's, could that office ensure almost uninterrupted uptime?
After researching networked solutions, server-based solutions, RAID arrays, etc, the solution became clear - a switch to the Mac operating system (in addition to the other aforementioned benefits which are vastly important), will allow this or any other office to have a current bootable backup at all times, which can be plugged into pretty much any other Mac (for example, purchased in 15 minutes at the local Apple store or borrowed from a friend) and used without interruption. This, transferability, in addition to boot-ability, is the simplest way that we have come up with for solving this problem, especially with Parallels.
Do you have any other suggestions for this type of situation? I was personally amazed at the lack of solutions to such a simple question.
Eugene Gordin, EIT
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
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