Help with data back up drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ourabmen, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. ourabmen macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    Hello and thanks in advance for the help. I am looking for some ideas on putting together a reliable and redundant back up drive for a new 27" iMac.

    My goal is to buy, or have something put together, that I can use to back up a growing library of digital images. I am hiking to end up with something that is relatively straight forward to set up and maintain, and most importantly, reliable, and with relatively fast response time's should I need to grab an image of the drive and process it in Lightroom.

    Thanks so much for your help and input.

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I have one 500 GB HDD for my photographs (digital and analog) libraries and editing documents, one 500 GB HDD with my personal video footage in an editing friendly format.
    Both 500 GB HDDs get backed up to one 1 TB HDD via CarbonCopyCloner.
    And that 1 TB HDD gets backed up to another 1 TB HDD via CarbonCopyCloner.
    Therefore I have three copies of my important data.

    Or do you mean something else?
  3. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    There are countless backup schemes. A popular one is to use Time Machine on one EHD and then create a bootable clone using either SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner on a totally separate EHD. Here are some MacWorld articles that discuss some different strategies, I think you will see the common thread in these articles is redundant backups are wise.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you can part with $25-30, pick up one of these:
    (many items shown, they all work the same, just pick one that's cheap).

    Then buy one (or more) "bare" SATA drives from the vendor of your choice (perhaps you know someone who has a "spare" just laying around).

    Put the drive in the dock, use Disk Utility to initialize it, partition if desired.

    Then use the free CarbonCopyCloner app to "dupe" the contents of your internal drive to the backup on a regular basis. CCC can do incremental backups to speed things up after the original clone, and it can ALSO "archive" files that you delete from your main drive (and, hence, from your cloned backup).

    You'll quickly discover that having the USB/SATA dock around (instead of an "external" hard drive locked into an external enclosure) comes in handy for all sorts of tasks. You can even boot from these things.

    If you want to "think forward" just a bit, consider buying one that already has USB3 -- by the end of this year, USB3 will have become "the new standard" on Macs, quickly usurping both firewire and thunderbolt.

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