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  • I'm surprised whenever someone hands their computer over to repair drones without wiping the disk. There's information on my disk I don't want anyone else to have. Like, say, my keychain. I'd not be surprised to find fragments of passwords and passphrases in the swap file. I don't particularly want anyone else to be able to see my browser history or to have a copy of my cookie.

    But regardless of that, if you don't have backups which you know are good (because you test them regularly) you get little sympathy from me.

    As for external drives, I recommend pretty much anything from LaCie. Depending on budget they have firewire drives from 80GB to 1.6TB. I've been using their 1TB drives for a few months now, and am very happy with them.

    For backing up your system drive, use Carbon Copy Cloner. For backing up data, rsnapshot is an excellent choice.

    • There's nothing on my machine that I really mind Apple having. All the personal stuff's in my home directory and that has hard encryption on the whole thing - without my password you can't access any of it. Yes, I know in theory apple could install a keyboard sniffer or some funky routine in the root partition, and screw me as soon as I log in for the first time when I get the machine back, but I'm not that paranoid - they make the O.S. anyway, so I figure you gotta trust them somewhat. I don't think any