I have up to $300 that I can spend on backup for my iBook’s hard drive. I have about 30 gigs of music, much of it purchased from iTunes that I’m worried about losing if the laptop is stolen/destroyed or if the HD fails.
I’m not interested in paying an ongoing subscription for web-based backup. What I need is a simple solution that isn’t so annoying that I’ll avoid actually doing backups and therefore defeat the purpose of having a backup.
For experimental purposes only, I transferred some encrypted iTunes songs my friend had on his household server. When I went to play it in iTunes, it just asked for his iTunes login information. We didn’t try entering his information as we didn’t want to get his account flagged as a pirate or anything… so based on that little experiment, I’m pretty sure I’d be able to do a restore-from-backup
Because my iBook pretty is my main computer now. The piece of crap Dell desktop I have at home is pretty much relegated to playing Civ IV. It has half the HD space as my iBook. And I hate it with a firey passion. Stupid Dell.
Though I guess maybe I could add a HD to the Dell That I Hate, though as that machine continues to age my faith in it grows weaker and weaker.
Well, if you don’t use it now, but you still have it, what’s the difference if you don’t use it except for backing up your music? It’s not like the crappiness is going to spread to your new hard drive. Though it is a Dell, so who knows.
Otherwise, three hundred bucks can build you a whole non-gaming rig these days.
Ha. I’m going through this exact situation. More and more “important” files (i.e. not game saves) are residing on my iBook, so I got a $40 hard drive enclosure. It arrived today and I just plugged a hard drive from my Dell into it. I was using the Dell as a file server, but the Dell is as loud as a jet engine, so I prefer to leave it off as much as possible.
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I believe it would have just added his computer to your list of ‘authorized devices’, if you haven’t hit the limit of 5 already. The songs are really tied to your iTunes Store account, not just the system you bought them on.