tried a PC: returning it

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Andy Hewitt Veteran Member • Posts: 4,466
Re: tried a PC: returning it

teohyc wrote:

Tom Roberts wrote:

Going to give PC another try before returning fresh install seems to be acting better.

Regarding your Microsoft OneDrive issue, OneDrive is meant to be a 1-1 sync of your computer. It's almost a complete backup.

With OneDrive, the files on your computer will either be the actual file (takes up storage) or bookmarks to the actual files (stored online). You can choose either depending on your workflow.

The nice thing about OneDrive compared to MacOS backup via Time Machine is, in the event that your computer crashes, you don't have to restore any files because all your files are on OneDrive (because it's a 1-1 sync). All you have to do is sign into the Microsoft account, and all your files are there.

You know you can do this with iCloud too?

Of course it depends on what level of backup you want, but Time Machine is not the same as a cloud backup, as it is Time Machine is a full, and incremental (historical), backup of any drive (you choose to add) that is connected to your Mac.

The cloud 'syncs' are files that you choose to add to your cloud storage, such as documents, photos, keychains, bookmarks, downloads, and various apps storage etc. Just having a look at One Drive, and that seems similar to iCloud Drive in this respect, so neither will backup system folders or application installations.

You've done a bit of a cross purpose comparison there really, as both systems have similar capabilities with regards to local, physical, backups and cloud based syncing.

When your crashed computer is sent for servicing, you'll still have access to OneDrive via your phone, tablet, and hence you still have access to your files. With MacOS backup, you only have access after your computer is back from the service centre, and restore is complete.

Completely untrue if you're using iCloud storage for an Apple based system (of course that doesn't include any files that you're chosen to only store locally, but that can apply the any OS platform, or indeed iDevice).

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