Advice on this backup plan?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mikeshep, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. mikeshep macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2008
    Midwest US
    Hi, I've run up against a few questions with differing opinions on the answers so I thought I'd ask here

    I have multiple Macs with various OS's all accessing a single Airport Extreme as the networking device and internet source - using both the Ethernet and wireless connection.

    I would like to put a 1TB hard drive on the USB port of the Extreme as a central Backup HD for all of the computers that can read/write to it. The particular one I have, a LaCie, indicates a minimum OS requirement of 10.5.

    I have several machines running 10.6/10.5. Others are running 10.4, another is 10.3, and still two more are OS 9, and OS 8.6 .

    Putting aside the obvious question of why I have so many different OS's -- and yes I can migrate all but a couple to 10.5+...

    is there any reason i should not be able to use this HD to serve as backup for all machines on the network regardless of each one's respective OS version?

    I haven't even formatted the HD yet but beyond that the question is, is there any reason/need to partition the 1TB HD or could this simply be a matter of dragging each computer's respective HD volume(s) onto the 1TB HD directly?

    If that is doable - would I then be able to use "Time Machine" on the OSX volumes...and, say.. Super Duper or CC Cloner for the backup of the older (OS 8.6/9) OS machines' volumes?

    I'm trying to avoid going to a fee-based backup service like "Carbonite" etc. and do this myself if there's a simple way to accomplish the goal on my own...

    Thanks a ton for any strategy idea or advice on this!

  2. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    I am a firm believer in backing up and not losing data. I do the following:

    1) time machine to a 1TB Time Capsule
    2) Carbon Copy Cloner to a USB drive, a bootable clone once a month
    3) Mozy, offsite Internet based service like Carbonite.

    I decided the $5-10/month was not bad considering the cost of building a RAID set at home, or a backup server of some sort with RAID. Also like the offsite aspect of Mozy.

    Someone will say I am overkill, but I don't want to lose any of my data.

  3. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Now I don't know about backing up the machines with older OSs; as you stated they wouldn't be able to on account of the older firmwares.

    What I would do is (as wayne posted above) install Carbon Copy Cloner, make bootable backups of each machine, and just manually copy that over (either by direct plug or wifi) to the 1TB external. 1 being just a number, whatever size you need to use. If you can, get whatever size you need and set it up in RAID so if one part fails, you still have the backup on another.

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