Backing up plus storage questions.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by scribble79, May 4, 2015.

  1. scribble79 macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2014
    So I am new to macs and have a MBP plus I have never had a laptop previoulsy always just used home PC. I have a decent music library about 95gig and am not really looking to fill that much of my hard drive space on my 256 SSD drive with only music. I have a WD 2TB home cloud I used for back up on my home pc and access from away. What would be some good solutions to work with my situation.

    Thanks for any solutions.
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Never good to use a single drive for both data storage and backups. When the drive dies, the all do eventually, you lose data and the entire file system backup. Use 1 external drive for your libraries and a second external drive for Time Machine backups. The backup drive must be large enough to backup the entire file system and have an archive should be months old.
  3. scribble79 thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2014
    OK so would I be better using my WD Cloud for the libraries or the Time machine. My WD cloud does have a USB 3.0 for me to add to it for redundancy back up also.
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    If you are going to use time machine to backup your MBP, it can be picky about the destination. You should either use a drive that you plug into your MBP or a Apple approved network product like a Time Capsule, Airport Base station with drive, or server with drives.

    You could use your WD cloud device for a backup destination, but I'd use CCC or something like it instead of Time Machine.

    That way you can continue to use the WD cloud box for backups and attach a inexpensive 1TB USB drive to it for your library. Use CCC to backup the library disk to the WD cloud disk.

    There are a bunch off other ways to skin that Cat.

    A more elegant method would be to buy a Time Capsule and use it as the MBP Time Machine backup destination. Put your music library either on the WD cloud or TC and use CCC to back it up to the other device.

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