Using SuperDuper + iPod Photo for backups?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by GULCkid, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. GULCkid macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2005
    If I have enough extra space on my iPod to clone my HD on, would it be realistic to use that for backups instead of an external HD?

    If something goes wrong with my powerbook, would I be able to restore from the iPod with SuperDuper about as easily as with a normal external HD?

    Would this work through the dock?

    Thanks for your time!!
  2. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane

    Yes. You could even use your Pod as a startup disk if you really wanted to!

    Not sure what you mean...

    If you mean to backup to the Pod, plug the Pod in and the SuperDuper interface will guide you through the rest :)
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    I have most of my system on my iPod, a lot of the audio stuff is on a Lacie drive, but I do boot from the iPod occasionally to run Diskwarrior etc.

    Very handy indeed, although 60gig isn't really enough for a full back-up drive, so I don't clone my system as such.
  4. EGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    Using the iPod as a start up disc would be really slow :( I think it's safe enough to back up to an iPod but I'd prefer to back up to an external hard drive.
  5. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Yes, it's slow, but it's a convenient portable back-up that plays great music, I back my work up to it every night, and I can throw audio and video projects onto it to transfer to other Macs, then throw it in my pocket.

    My pockets aren't big enough for a LaCie FW800 drive.;)

    No-one is suggesting you'd use an iPod as your ONLY start-up drive... :)
  6. GULCkid thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2005
    Thanks guys. I am rationalizing buying a 60GB ipod photo because that way I won't need to buy an external HD to do backups.

    Here is the email I got back from the superduper people:

    So you guys know of a way to boot from the image stored on the ipod photo? How would taht work?
  7. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    I backup to a sparsedisk image on my external harddrive. It's spiffy
  8. dolphin842 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2004
    Before you do that, how big is your music collection? Depending on the size, the money you save from buying a smaller iPod could be spent on getting a much roomier external drive. I got a 120GB drive and a firewire case for under $100 total last December; no doubt you can get a better deal now. Personally, I rather prefer this method because I don't have to mess around with my iPod and can just use it as an all-purpose, uber-floppy drive ;).

    Back in '03 I splurged on getting a 20GB iPod because I thought I could backup my system... but I soon ran out of room. With the same amount of money put towards a larger external drive, you'll likely get more value out of your purchase.

    i've also heard some folks say (maybe even Apple?) that using the iPod as a boot drive is not recommended because it causes premature stress on the HD. Can anyone more knowledgeable confirm this?

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