Best backup solution?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by holydude, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. holydude macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2013
    Hi folks. I am looking for a way how to mirror my data offline (i also have a dropbox setup).

    I am looking for a cheap,small absolutely quite 2*medias (be it hdd,ssd,or any other card/usb thingie). I want to have 1 mirror ( 2 sides) to be sure i will not loose my data.

    I don't have that much data to be worried about so i don't need a big medias.

  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Do you want to use Time Machine? You can do a RAID 1 setup and hook up TM to have a mirrored TM backup. Or if you really don't have that much data you can plug in two flash drives and drag and drop your files you want to backup on to both of them every time you make a backup.
  3. holydude thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2013
    Yeah but what HW ? Time Capsule does not have a 2 disks (and i would prefer to have 2 separate disks (not counting the macbook's one).

    Also i am thinking about some USB HUB
  4. hbarr macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2014
    Cambridge, UK
    Time Machine works with multiple disks

    I guess I am a little paranoid about backups... :)

    I have a Time Capsule, an external portable drive plugged into an Airport Extreme (which extends our home WiFi network), and a Synology DiskStation 212.

    You can tell Time Machine on your Mac about multiple backup disks (I did that) and it will cycle through them, one each hour, backing up to all of them.

    Of course, each disk now holds backups every 3 hours instead of 1, but any disk can fail and I still have two more. :)

    You can also manually plug one or more external hard drives directly into your mac for Time Machine to use. But you then have to remember to do that.

    I can recommend the Synology DiskStation, which sits on the LAN and supplies NAS storage, among a lot of other nice things. Mine has two 2 TB disks in a RAID1 configuration (mirroring) so, one of those can fail without losing my data.
    Synology also have a very nice web-based user interface - much better than the NetGear ReadyNAS, IMHO. It supports Time Machine and iTunes streaming, as well as providing services like email, web server, photo storage...

    If my house burns down, I could lose everything I guess. :( So perhaps I should buy iCloud space as well. Or at least keep a backup disk off-site. :)

    PS The backup space is not just for me, but it supports other family Macs as well.
  5. InsideTJ macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2012
    How do you use your synology for backup?

    I have one also. I do not use time machine with it. I currently manually copy data files to it. I love the thing, but is there a better workflow?
  6. hbarr macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2014
    Cambridge, UK
    Time Machine and Synology Diskstation

    Well, the best information about how to use Time Machine with Synology Diskstations is on the Synology web site.

    If you are running DSM 4 on your Diskstation, details are at:

    If you are running DSM 5.1, details are at:

    The articles describe setting up a special user account for the backups, but I just use a folder in my personal user account. Either will work.

    I hope that helps.
  7. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    RAID is not a backup, it's for fault tolerance. If you delete a file on one side it's gone from the other side. Fire, theft, or other disaster takes out both drives. If you want redundant backups, they should be on different physical devices in different locations.

    I use a Synology NAS and a mini server with Time Machine for two backup destinations. Add to that a CCC clone and CrashPlan for offsite. Overkill probably but I haven't lost any data.
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    I use a USB WD or Seagate external drive du jour (whatever is the best deal at the time) as constant Time Machine backup. Then I have another drive (same brands) that I CCC a bootable clone to once a month. The work clones stays at home and home clones stays at work for all my machines. Poor man's offsite backup storage.
  9. pietrov macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2011
    I'd buy another synology... and backup on them from your previous synology and from your TC :)

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