upgrades and backups and stuff

I decided to spend some time today messing around with my desktop PC and my MacBook. Specifically, I wanted to get full backups done for both of them, then upgrade the MacBook to macOS Sierra, and apply the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on the desktop PC.

I succeeded on the MacBook. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to update an image backup I made a few months ago. I also ran a Time Machine backup. Then, I downloaded and installed Sierra. Downloading it took quite a long time. The update itself was pretty quick. Maybe a bit less than an hour. I’m not seeing anything really new or exciting in Sierra. I didn’t turn on the new iCloud File Sync feature, mostly because I don’t need it, but also because it scares the crap out of me. I really don’t want my OS to randomly start deleting files off my hard drive, thanks. Even just the purgeable storage thing is a bit scary. Please don’t tell me that there’s free space on my hard drive, when it’s not actually free! Anyway, it’s all working fine.

On the PC side, I didn’t get very far. I tried making a new image backup with Macrium Reflect, but it ended in failure twice. I think the external drive I’ve been using for backups may be failing. I started a full chkdsk on it, and that’s been running for hours. Depending on what that reveals, I may run out to Costco tomorrow and pick up a new external drive, or order one from Newegg. The drive in question is probably ten years old, and it’s just a 1 TB drive, so it’s only big enough to hold a single image backup. So replacing it with a 4 TB drive might be a good idea regardless. Oh, and my other external drive, that I’ve been using for Windows File History backups, is also a bit flaky. I keep having to unplug it and plug it back in to get Windows to recognize it. (Other than that it seems to work fine.) So maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to replace that too. Heck, if I get a 4 TB external drive, I can partition it into two volumes, and use one for image backups and the other for File History. Of course, that leaves me with a single point of failure, so maybe that’s not a good idea.

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