Hard drive for backup/Time Machine

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  1. Ttap macrumors newbie

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    I'm setting up a backup plan for my iMac. So far, I'm thinking of using a hard drive dock plus three hard drives - 1 hard drive for Time Machine and 2 for clones.

    From poking around here on the forums , it seems that high-speed drives wouldn't be necessary, but that low-noise drives would make sense.

    Is that right? If so, any recommendations for HD's in the 1-2 TB range?

    While I'm at it, any opinions on the NewerTech Voyager Q Quad (HD dock)?

    I'm somewhat of a newbie tech-wise, so please use small words :)
     
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  3. Ttap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had seen the term NAS, but hadn't really looked at it. Time to do some investigating...

    At first glance, it seems to be more than I need - but, maybe I'll be surprised.

    Thanks for the recommendation.
     
  4. Tydog07 macrumors 6502

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    Do you really need three backups of a drive?
     
  5. Ttap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you really need three backups of a drive?

    Not absolutely sure. The thinking is:
    1 hard drive for Time Machine for day-to-day small emergencies
    2 hard drives for bootable clones (1 on-site, 1 off-site) for big disasters

    Does that sound like over-kill?
     
  6. sumone macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know whether the lack of third party NAS support for Time Machine has been fixed in lion?
     
  7. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    No it actually sounds very smart.

    If I understand your plan correctly you just need two disks to use at home that will be more or less permanently attached to the iMac. And one disk you can move to a safe location.

    In that case I would recommend 3 simple USB 2.0 WD 1TB drives. No need for speed if they will only be backups.

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=200
     
  8. Tydog07 macrumors 6502

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    If you are using a 3 drive dock, how will one be off-site. I like your proactive thinking though.
     
  9. Ttap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The dock would hold only one drive at a time. The Time Machine drive would be in the dock most of the time. Then I'd update and swap out a bootable drive maybe once a week.
     
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  12. Ttap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's a neat little dock - do you know if they sell it in the U.S. ?
     
  13. icanboogie macrumors regular

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    I don't know – but I won't bother too much, as they function quite the same.

    Here's a quick overview what Amazon offers in US:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=hdd+dock&x=0&y=0

    I would get the cheapest one you can find that doesn't hurt your aesthetic eye...

    Oh, btw, you were asking for suitable HDs: I like the WD Green Caviar. Fast, Silent, Cheap. Available as 2 TB for about 65 Euros over here.
     

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