2 external drives - 1 clone, 1 time machine backup - smart or stupid?

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  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Is it a good idea to maintain both a clone of the system and a Time Machine backup drive? The clone drive is the same size as the system drive. The Time Machine drive I picked (which currently isn't used for anything) is about 3x larger than the system drive.

    One possible complicating factor is that I have the Mac set up with separate admin and day-to-day accounts.
     
  2. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    Redudancy is always a good thing. I think you are smart.
     
  3. kalex macrumors 65816

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    of course its a good idea. drives are very cheap and it doesn't hurt to have another layer of backup.

    take this scenario

    ur main drive craps out. if you only have time macine backup, you have to boot off Leopard DVD and then do restore from Time Machine. its not the fastest as i have experienced it myself.

    if you have a cloned drive all you have to do is boot of it and replace your internal drive with new one. after u get new one just clone it again and put it inside.

    much faster than restoring from time machine
     
  4. srl7741 macrumors 68020

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    I agree with that also. I have 3 of everything. One of which is not in the same location. I should be ok even in the worst scenario.
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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