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Authored by: Frederico on Aug 15, '11 06:45:50PM

There are certainly instances where this feature would have served my clients under Snow Leopard.

In one case, the iMac (single internal HDD; single partition) owner's external HDD for TM backups died, and they sent it off for warranty, as opposed to paying for a new replacement. Without borrowing another external drive (with available space and partitions) they had *ZERO* TM backups for more than two weeks. Very dangerous.

In another situation, multiple single-drive Macs were backing up to a Time Capsule (with additional external drives) and some of those TM backups became damaged/corrupt as compared to their source, and it was taking hours and hours per machine to both repair the host and the TM backup image on the TC. No current TM backups in the meantime for several days as the workflow could not be interrupted.

The ability to do a local backup in the meantime, and the later a merge of local to legacy TM backups is a *godsend* in these and many other instances.

One need not be using a portable to meet a situation where your TM drive becomes disconnected/inaccessible.

I'm anxious to move as many clients to Lion, for this, and for Versions, as soon as is practicable.



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