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entropyfl
Sep 14, 2011, 05:29 PM
Hello,

Just curious how everyone backs up their itunes libraries?

I'm getting annoyed with how much storage costs etc.

I bought a Drobo with plans on storing all my media on there but then I got paranoid because if drobo broke that would be the library gone.

My library is 1.1TB and its just so expensive to keep buying external drives.

at the moment my library is on my 2TB imac drive and is backed up to Drobo.
Need to have a rethink though because my internal is running out of space.



Spectrum Abuser
Sep 14, 2011, 05:34 PM
Hello,

Just curious how everyone backs up their itunes libraries?

I'm getting annoyed with how much storage costs etc.

I bought a Drobo with plans on storing all my media on there but then I got paranoid because if drobo broke that would be the library gone.

My library is 1.1TB and its just so expensive to keep buying external drives.

at the moment my library is on my 2TB imac drive and is backed up to Drobo.
Need to have a rethink though because my internal is running out of space.

Try compressing your digital files..?

phairphan
Sep 14, 2011, 09:04 PM
I'd sell the Drobo. I never really understood the need for RAID storage for media files which are being properly backed up. I suspect most folks are relying on the redundancy to be their backup, which, as you indicated, is not a particularly good idea.

My files are stored on several drives in my Mac Pro, backed up to external drives, and those are rotated with offsite copies. I suggest buying three external drives 2 or 3 TBs in size. Put your library on one, back up to another, and back up to the another which is kept offsite, but rotated frequently with your onsite backup. If any one hard drive fails (actually two could fail), you have a complete copy of everything. In the event of a fire/lightning strike/other calamity which takes your home with it, you have a copy at the offsite location.

I suspect you'll get enough for the Drobo to more than cover my suggested storage solution. You can buy three 3 TB external drives for less than $400.

Consultant
Sep 14, 2011, 11:00 PM
2TB bare drive costs under $100
+
Drive dock $30
+
Time Machine

AdrianK
Sep 15, 2011, 10:53 AM
Try compressing your digital files..?
All modern codecs utilise compression already, so compressing them further is likely to add overhead rather than reduce file size. Unless the OP is storing everything in PCM then it's not worth it.

marzer
Sep 15, 2011, 03:45 PM
Using the "OWC Mercury Elite Pro" with two 2TB hard drives inside for a primary/backup configuration. The chassis is set for independently addressable drives (no RAID or striping), one drive holds the "live" iTunes library while the other is a backup. Connection to the computer is FW800. Chronosync runs once a day to mirror the primary drive to the backup drive.

The chassis provides a compact design for two drives and reduced chords, is easily upgraded as my space requirements increase.

Good luck.

HazyCloud
Sep 15, 2011, 03:50 PM
Crashplan+. For 50 bucks a year, you get unlimited off-site storage and can restore files to an iPad/iPhone if the devices support it. CP also supports real-time file changes so it will monitor your drive for changes.

I have Crashplan backing up my entire 1 TB external in the event of a fire or break-in. Time Capsule will soon be used for Mac backups only.

legacyb4
Sep 16, 2011, 01:15 PM
Was about to suggest the same thing...

Crashplan+. For 50 bucks a year, you get unlimited off-site storage and can restore files to an iPad/iPhone if the devices support it. CP also supports real-time file changes so it will monitor your drive for changes.

I have Crashplan backing up my entire 1 TB external in the event of a fire or break-in. Time Capsule will soon be used for Mac backups only.

mljones99
Sep 18, 2011, 07:18 PM
I don't use iTunes (I use MediaMonkey and Amazon MP3) but I keep all my music on a MyPassport external harddrive.

combatcolin
Sep 19, 2011, 03:45 AM
Well, i own the original CD's....

:cool:

dexthageek
Sep 19, 2011, 07:07 AM
Carbonite.com - It is $59\year for unlimited storage. It monitors the directories you tell it to and it automatically uploads (incremental). You can then access you files online from any device.

TheMTtakeover
Sep 19, 2011, 09:42 AM
Ive always just used external hard drives but lately Ive been looking at sites like crash plan because if there were to ever be a fire I wouldn't want to have to start my music collection all over again

freediverdude
Sep 19, 2011, 10:43 AM
Right now I have 3 externals, 1 contains the active iTunes library, 1 is the copy or backup of that library, and the 3rd is the time machine/carbon copy cloner drive that backs up everything else from the internal drive. But yea it's a pain to have that many externals, and I'm wondering if I would be better off just having an online backup service.

Ice-Cube
Sep 19, 2011, 11:01 AM
I don't have a very big iTunes library but its backed up to my external drive which is a clone of my Mac and my iPod Classic which has all the songs from the library.

HazyCloud
Sep 19, 2011, 11:53 AM
Carbonite.com - It is $59\year for unlimited storage. It monitors the directories you tell it to and it automatically uploads (incremental). You can then access you files online from any device.

Carbonite as of last month didn't backup externals. For me, that's was a no go. My iTunes library and media is on an external and that's what needs to be backed up. For 9 bucks less a year, it was no-brainer going with Crashplan.

But yea it's a pain to have that many externals, and I'm wondering if I would be better off just having an online backup service.

Do it. I have ONE external with it being backed up daily in real-time. If something bad happened, weather or robbery, you'd have nothing. Go with the peace of mind of having an offsite backup.

Well, i own the original CD's....

:cool:

I have 12,400 songs in my iTunes library at the moment. I'd much rather download them again from an offsite backup than re-rip all of them.

And1ss
Sep 20, 2011, 02:52 AM
chronosync and 2 external hdds.

Goratrix
Sep 20, 2011, 05:17 AM
Ive always just used external hard drives but lately Ive been looking at sites like crash plan because if there were to ever be a fire I wouldn't want to have to start my music collection all over again

an external drive stored at your parents' or friends' solves this problem.

wgnoyes
Sep 20, 2011, 05:48 PM
Time machine and a Time Capsule, along with the rest of your system?