Backup for my new iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Bluebros, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Bluebros macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2013
    T minus 3 days until my new 27' iMac arrives and I'm just getting ready. I am still pretty new to apple products so I hope you all can point me in the right direction.

    Time Capsule... It seems like a must have. Up until now, I've just been backing up my computer once a month using an external HD. Stone Ages... I know.

    What is the best option for backing up your system? As of now, I'm just using a basic router from my cable company so how would Time Capsule work with that? Is there anything better on the market that I should look at?

    Thanks for your help and suggestions
  2. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    I use a time capsule and I have a cloud back up through Carbonite. I think it is always good to have two back ups.

  3. Slled macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    Time capsule or any other external drive that is at least twice the size of your iMac HDD should suffice. I use time machine but to a cheaper solution, external drive on the network.

    I also have a Synology NAS that holds all my data for access across the network and is used to backup my wife's Windows PC.
  4. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    Another option is to clone your whole drive (once you have it setup with setting,software ect) that you like,to a external harddrive.

    try using "superduper" (free) or "carbon copy"
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Of course, cloning your drive lacks one of the important benefits of Time Machine - the ability to go back to a particular date and time to recover files that were later deleted or modified (been there, saved my butt).

    Time Capsule? That has benefits if you have several networked Macs, as you can use it as your central Time Machine backup device. And if you need a new WiFi router, and/or want to network a USB printer… it offers a variety of benefits.

    Just one computer? An external HDD connected to your Mac will be fine for your Time Machine backup needs.
  6. sazza85 macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2009
    I actually prefer having an external hdd sat next to the computer plugged in doing time machine back ups.

    Personal preference I guess, I couldn't justify the cost of a time capsule vs an external
  7. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. My MBA has a 256GB SSD which is backed up to a 1TB external with Time Machine. I also have a 4TB thunderbolt drive that contains my iTunes library (over 3.2 GB at present).

    I will try to reset Safari. Didn't realize that was an option. I've done pretty much everything else to try to fix it.
  8. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I like CCC. I clone my entire iMac to 2 separate externals and keep one off site. It doesn't allow me to roll back however as has been mentioned but I'm the only one on my Mac, so the chances of just mass deleting a bunch of stuff unknowingly is slim. I like that if my iMac HDD craps out on me I can plug in one of my externals with the clone until I get it fixed and won't miss a beat.

    It's not a true backup method as you can't rollback but it works for me. I want deleted stuff deleted not taking up extra space on one of my drives. I do plan to get a true backup going through NAS eventually.
  9. Daysight macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2011
    One external hard drive for Time Machine.
    Another for weekly Carbon Copy Clone.
    And a subscription to an offsite cloud backup service.
  10. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    Two Time Machine drives and online backup to Backblaze in the event someone steals the drives and my iMac or my house burns down.

    The rest of my "critical" data is also in Dropbox across at least 2 machines.

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