Backup strategy for MBA

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  1. andyd409 macrumors member

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    This is my first MBA so I am wondering about a backup strategy.

    On my iMac I use SuperDuper! and TimeMachine. On my MacBook I just use SuperDuper! I do not backup my MacBook as often as my iMac because most of my content creation is on the iMac.

    I am thinking of just using the same strategy as I currently use on my MacBook.

    What strategies are you using?

    Thanks,

    Andy
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Backup your data as much as needed. If there's lots of change, i.e., document creation or alters, then it behooves you to back it up.

    I can't that backing up, via CCC or any other app would take too long give the storage size.
     
  3. miata macrumors 6502

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    True. CCC allows incremental backups to a bootable image, so you just need a USB2 drive with the same or great capacity as your internal drive.
     
  4. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    For my iMac, since it's not moved, I use an external Firewire drive and Time Machine.

    For laptops, I use Carbonite.
     
  5. jamone13 macrumors regular

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    Why not share your external drive from your iMac and just use time machine with that for the Air? I do this currently at work with an iMac/external and my MacBook Pro 17" Simple to set up, and its a set and forget it system.
     
  6. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    Timemachine to an iSCSI target on my server which is raid5.
     
  7. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    Backing up to a USB drive will be 5 to 10 times faster than backing up to a Time Capsule. I found a nifty 128GB Flash Drive made by OCZ that gives me a small, light, portable, bus powered USB backup solution.
     
  8. jamone13 macrumors regular

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    While true, how much data will really change between backups on a 256GB drive max? I usually have <25MB per hour that needs backing up, so its a nonissue for me. And that was on a 500GB HDD.
     
  9. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Use Time Machine to backup to Time Capsule on network. Do occasional backups with SuperDuper to USB hard drive for safety. Works great.
     
  10. miata macrumors 6502

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    I don' t have an MBA yet, but I think my current MBP solution would work fine with the MBA.

    1) Time Machine to a Airport Extreme connected USB drive via ethernet (hourly when I'm at home)

    2) CCC with incremental updates to a identical bootable disk in a Firewire 800 enclosure
    -- the Firewire enclosure would have to be replaced with USB2
    -- I would obviously lose the ability to do a drive swap in case of and MBA internal drive failure, but what is the probability?
    -- I would use CCC to copy the image back to an MBA replacement internal drive

    3) Finally, I backup all my recent work documents to a 8 GB SDHC card every hour using "File Synchronization" just i case. This would be unecessary if you have continuous access to a Time Machine volume. I don't, since mine is at home.
     
  11. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    This also used to be my approach. Alternatively you can just back up to an HD attached to your AEBS, instead of the Time Capsule. On top of that do a periodic SuperDuper back up.
     
  12. andyd409 thread starter macrumors member

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    This process makes the most sense to me and I will probably do something like this.

    Thanks for all the responses,

    Andy
     

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