I have two 27" iMac's running Mac OS X Version 10.6.7 with the following specs:
Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac10,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 3 MB Memory: 4 GB Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz Boot ROM Version: IM101.00CC.B00 SMC Version (system): 1.53f10
I use one as my primary machine. It has all the software and files I use (I don't use a server at home). I currently use the 2nd iMac just as a second display to expand the desktop of my primary machine.
Does anyone know of a way I could also use this 2nd iMac to fully mirror or replicate everything on the 1st iMac? And this in as close to real time as possible.
I would like to do this because I run time sensitive applications for clients. I recently had a hard drive failure and while I had everything backed up by Time Machine, it took me a few days to get everything restored and working again.
So, I'd like to have a perfect duplicate of my first machine, which I could immediately switch to in the event of another HD failure or similarly serious problem.
Hooking up the 2 machines via Firewire could facilitate this. Not sure where to go from there.
Someone at the Apple store near me suggested setting the drives of the two machines up as a RAID, but I don't think that would work.
Apple's coming "Cloud" would make all of this easier, because (if it works as promoted) I'd only need to replicate the few non-Apple apps that I wouldn't have access to from the cloud. I could put all my data and files in the cloud.
Until then any thoughts or immediate solutions much appreciated.