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Once quite skilled in the art of setting up and tuning PC systems, nowadays just the ordinary occasional gamer next door. Corporate user of OS X, Windows XP, Windows 7, Debian and RedHat Linux, private user of OS X, iOS and Windows 8.1. User of corporate notebooks and desktops, private notebooks, desktops, phones and tablets, and corporate low-budget as well as high-performance servers.


Nov
28
comment Can a (notebook) hard drive be affected by magnets, such as those in a headphone or a cell phone'?
As a layman, I've used a far less elaborate test: Screw open an old hard disk, get the magnets, try to move things with them. The front end does move things, the sides do not. ;) I'm sorry if that reads trivial, but it's enough to not damage the data in the factory build setup but that same data being susceptible to the very same magnets if they are moved directly over the platter.
Nov
28
comment Can a (notebook) hard drive be affected by magnets, such as those in a headphone or a cell phone'?
Google images for "permanent magnet with a focusing pole piece" and you will see a lot of hard disk magnets. Along with many of the images comes a lot of information on how to make them.
Nov
28
comment Can a (notebook) hard drive be affected by magnets, such as those in a headphone or a cell phone'?
Hard disk magnets are rather powerful, but their magnetic field is so very focused it will not touch the spinning platters which contain the data. As for the CRT, I edited my answer to better reflect what I actually meant. I'm referring to magnetism that bends and warbles the picture from across the room, not while touching the tube.
Nov
28
revised Can a (notebook) hard drive be affected by magnets, such as those in a headphone or a cell phone'?
made scope of magnetic field more clear
Jul
13
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
4
comment How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
On your own Mac(s) you can/should store the pass phrases for your disk images in your keychain, the OS will offer to do that when you first mount it, and hdiutil will check the keychain and use a stored pass phrase if found. On other people's Macs you certainly don't want to circumvent the need for a passphrase. I really can't see what this solution would do for me except creating a security hole in place of an existing and secure OS functionality.
Oct
10
revised How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
added hint to encrypt backup drive
Oct
10
revised How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
typos
Oct
9
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
10
comment How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
This has been tested and is in use on a Mountain Lion (10.8.1) installation now as well. Yes, there's FileVault 2 now and I'm using that, too. I do like to have my different client's data in separate volumes, though.
Sep
7
awarded  Self-Learner
Sep
7
revised How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
Rolled back change. The solution does not store any password, least of all in cleartext. The user will be asked to type his password.
Jun
25
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
7
awarded  Yearling
Sep
27
comment How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
As of Lion, this doesn't work anymore. Any removable media mounted under /Volumes/ will be completely ignored, no matter how hard you try to include it. The new tmutil command line tool even sets both an Alias and a Volume UUID and still Time Machine will refuse to back up the files. See my own answer for a safe and easy way.
Sep
27
comment How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
This has been tested and is in use on a Lion (10.7.1) installation. I'm eager to receive feedback regarding Snow Leopard or older OS X versions.
Sep
27
accepted How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
Sep
27
answered How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
Jun
1
awarded  Scholar
Jun
1
comment How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume
Thank you so much, this is what I've been looking for.