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Had a Little Talk with Carbonite Today

I have been trying to download my restore file now for a month for my . The progress has been inexcusably slow, and the download was, as of today, only about 2/3 complete. This simply won’t do. I wanted this done before surgery so the backup can start again. So I called .

It was determined that my &T connection was slower than dial-up. There was nothing Carbonite could seem to do about that, and I am still hesitant to switch because of my email address, which is my main one. I use it to sign into two thirds of my websites. Changing it would be as difficult as changing my name. At least it seems horrible to contemplate changing my email address at least a hundred different websites. What a nightmare.

So the agent said the best solution would be to take the computer to a location with a faster speed. I have cable here in Paso Robles, so although it was not ideal that I shut down the computer to stop the download, we agreed it probably would still continue where it left off when I started it up. So I brought the computer here and called Carbonite back as instructed.

It took us about half an hour, at least, to get the download started again. Since it restarted it has downloaded about 16,000 files with only 751,474 to go. This doesn’t seem like progress to me, since I left last night with only 207, 632 left to restore. The technician said that the system preference file I’m watching doesn’t tell the whole story. But at least the download speed is much faster.

Meanwhile the photo shows how my desk looks while I’m trying to juggle the two with two separate keyboards and mice.

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bestwriter wrote on November 26, 2014, 10:43 PM

You are steeped into the computer world. If you have more files to restore it only shows that the downloading has started from zero. There is a software called 'download manager' that 'continues' the download process even when the computer is put off and re-started.

Feisty56 wrote on November 26, 2014, 11:26 PM

It all sounds nightmarish to me. Good luck : )

BarbRad wrote on November 27, 2014, 12:13 AM

I'm not sure that worked with Carbonite's cloud back-up system, but in any case, it's too late now.

BarbRad wrote on November 27, 2014, 12:15 AM

It was rather a nightmare. I just hope the download finishes by tomorrow. It is kind of nice having this computer here, though -- that is unless I gt some orders to process on Black Friday. Then I would have to haul the computer back to the office.

Glenn wrote on November 27, 2014, 7:44 AM

A better solution for you would be to use an external hard drive connected to a USB port for your backups. Then let Time Machine, which is included on your Mac, handle it all for you. You no longer need to deal with slow Internet access.

maxeen wrote on November 27, 2014, 11:58 AM

That would be the time when I had to take the dogs out! Run away from complications,nice you had it sorted.

BarbRad wrote on November 27, 2014, 3:04 PM

Doesn't time machine use the internet? I did buy a portable drive but I wanted to use it to store photos and documents I want to access from more than one computer. The instructions say I can't use it for storage if I'm using Time Machine to back up. I'm wondering if there's a way to move all my photos currently in iPhoto directly to my PC while I have the two side by side here. I don't know much about these things. Is there a way to do it with a cable? I won't have them here this way for long -- maybe just a day or two.

BarbRad wrote on November 27, 2014, 3:05 PM

I find that running away is only a temporary solution.

maxeen wrote on November 27, 2014, 4:07 PM

I do the stuff Paul doesn't like and visa -versa ! We always swap work....

Glenn wrote on November 27, 2014, 5:11 PM

Time Machine dos not use the Internet. It's a direct connection. Although there's an alternative way to do it through your wifi. That may be what you're thinking of.

As for transferring from Mac to PC, that is a problem because the hard drive format is different and incompatible. The drive needs to be formatted with Apples format to use Time Machine.

So my solution that I am doing is to format the external drive with two partitions. One for Time Machine and the other formatted for Windows. Then you can manually copy those files to the Windows partition that you want to move to the PC. Then when you connect the hard drive to the PC you will be able to read those files. All this avoids using the Internet for the transfer, plus you have a safe and secure local backup.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 27, 2014, 10:52 PM

I think you're pushing the point where the saying "slower than Christmas" is about to become reality instead of a figure of speech! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

BarbRad wrote on November 28, 2014, 2:02 AM

So far I've been transferring files with thumb drives. It works pretty well. I copy the files form the iMac to the thumb drive and then load them onto my PC. It's just that the thumb drive isn't large enough to copy all of them at once. I don't think I'd be able to figure out how to reformat the portable drive.

BarbRad wrote on November 28, 2014, 2:03 AM

It was peaceful and I did things I enjoyed, except for cooking and cleaning up afterwards. It wasn't difficult, but it did make a lot of dishes.

Glenn wrote on November 28, 2014, 7:20 AM

Thumb drives are formatted as Ms-DOS format, which is compatible with both Mac and PC. You might ask why don't we use this format on large-sized hard drives. The reason why is because it's limited in file size. The largest file that would fit on a thumb drive is smaller than the MS-DOS limit anyway.

tafmona wrote on November 28, 2014, 9:14 AM

this sounds so hectic goosh! but I hope you make it through anyway