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Old 10-06-2007, 09:50 PM   #1
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CF card or iLiad backups?

What do other folks like as a backup strategy for CF cards, either standalone or via the iLiad? I prefer not to use Windows, so something that will run on Linux (or can handle CF cards from OSX without corrupting the CF card) would be preferred.

If you're wondering why I need to backup what's on my iLiad, it's because I use it to take a lot of notes, both as annotations on PDFs and in standalone Notes files. That's why I have an iLiad, rather than something less expensive, after all.
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:11 PM   #2
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I use an SD card on my iLiad, and I have a card reader in the ExpressCard slot of my MacBook Pro.

I find it a lot more convenient to transfer items using the card reader in the ExpressCard slot (as it is always there and available, as if it was built in to begin with) than looking for an external reader and cable or using the clumsy iLiad adapter and cable evry time I want to transfer content

Anyways, whenever I am moving stuff onto my iLiad I make a backup of the SD card at teh same time.

Works very well for me.

I thought about making an Automator action or folder action to automate the process, but it just hasn't seemed worth it, since making a copy of the card manually doesn't require any real work (just an option-drag).

I suppose alternatively, you could use some backup software to copy only modifications, which would speed the backup process up...Carbon Copy Cloner is a donation-ware program that you could use.
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Thanks, I'll check out Carbon Copy Cloner (once I reformat the CF card from the Mac so it doesn't keep getting corrupted, as per the other thread). Unfortunately, I have a PowerBook G4, so no ExpressCard Slot. I'm stuck with the "Travel Hub."
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Unfortunately, I have a PowerBook G4, so no ExpressCard Slot. I'm stuck with the "Travel Hub."
Just get the PC Card equivalent.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_2/...Ck%3Apc%20card
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:33 AM   #5
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The PowerBook G4 doesn't have a PC card slot, either.
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:00 AM   #7
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The PowerBook G4 doesn't have a PC card slot, either.
Use a USB card reader - or are you going to say that a G4 doesn't have USB connectors?
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:16 PM   #8
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There are many alternatives (some cheaper), but I have been very happy with the Sandisk Extreme USB 2.0 Reader. I use it under Windows, but SanDisk claims Mac compatibility.
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:46 PM   #9
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Use a USB card reader - or are you going to say that a G4 doesn't have USB connectors?
Yes, I have one of those. The only reason I mentioned the lack of an ExpressCard or PC card slot is because ig88 mentioned that this is more convenient than having an external card reader and cable.
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:22 PM   #10
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And I still stand by it. The expansion slot is WAY more convenient, because it is always available, like it was originally built into the computer. Don't have to bring or get out an external drive and cable.

PCMCIA, PC Slot, CardBus are all names for the same friggin thing. Depending on which brand of Kool Aid you drink.

The PowerBook G4 has a Single Type I or Type II, CardBus compliant expansion slot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_Card
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:03 AM   #11
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ig88, I agree with you about the convenience. I'm still not seeing where this CardBus slot is on the PowerBook G4. I think I've pretty thoroughly searched the exterior of my unit. Is it buried behind the keyboard or something? (The WiFi card slot was there on the G3 model I used to have.) I don't think that would work too well for a CF adapter.

Oh, wait-- I have the 12" model. I bet that's the difference. Is it only on larger models?
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Oh, wait-- I have the 12" model. I bet that's the difference. Is it only on larger models?
Yup. That would be why.

The 12" is the only Mac PowerBook that did not include an expansion card since the PowerBook 520 (May 1994). (And of course the "consumer" iBooks and MacBooks did not include them).
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Ah. Well, nice to have that mystery solved.

It would be convenient to have a card slot, especially for CF cards, but I have an external reader that works, so no biggie.
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