How big shall my TM backup HDD be ??

XheartcoreboyX

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i have a 160GB HDD in my mbp ... i will be using time machine to backup my stuff...

will a 160gb SATA HDD be enough as a backup HDD ??
 

onebloodonelife

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That's what I'm planning on using for my 160gb drive as well. I'm never anywhere near full, so even with the multiple copies of files, I should have no trouble.
 
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as big as your budget can get. The bigger it is the further back you can go.
 
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XheartcoreboyX

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Lets say that i get a 160GB sata HDD ..

like for how much time i can go back ??

i just need to go back for like a week or so..thats it ..

will it work fine ??!!
 
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XheartcoreboyX

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great great ...

Is the SATA HDD really better than "regular ones" ??

and faster??!
 
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xUKHCx

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great great ...

Is the SATA HDD really better than "regular ones" ??

and faster??!
It is faster than ATA drives however you will be going into an external drive (assumed because you have an MBP) this bring sin another set off bottlenecks. Will it be USB2.0 or firewire, plenty of threads arguing the speed differences (long story short firewire is better) Then there is the chipset, last time I checked the Oxford 911 was the one to get.
 
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XheartcoreboyX

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It is faster than ATA drives however you will be going into an external drive (assumed because you have an MBP) this bring sin another set off bottlenecks. Will it be USB2.0 or firewire, plenty of threads arguing the speed differences (long story short firewire is better) Then there is the chipset, last time I checked the Oxford 911 was the one to get.
i havent seen any firewire HDD here..and im not a big fan of online purchases.....

i saw a 160GB sata and a 250GB ATA ... i dont know what to get -_-

opinions ??
 
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It really depends on lots of things, cache size, speed, size. Manufacturer, got any links.
 
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XheartcoreboyX

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It really depends on lots of things, cache size, speed, size. Manufacturer, got any links.
the SATA is a toushiba HDD .. just the regular speed 5,,,

the ATA is from Simpletech ...

as you can notice..i am a noob -_- so i have lots of questions... >_>
 
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really need more information, links, but from that little nugget i'd say get the toshiba.
 
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XheartcoreboyX

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really need more information, links, but from that little nugget i'd say get the toshiba.
well i would really prefer the quality more than the capacity =) ..

i wish the 160GB will be good enough...

damn 16gb ipod touch + 180gb external HDD + Leopard = i will lose LOTS of money !!! =|
 
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/dev/toaster

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I just ordered up a few of these guys ... 500GB for $125 is really damn nice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136025

I already have a few of those "mybooks" that support firewire 800. Its the pro model, but be prepared to pay a lot more.

For timemachine, even a 5400rpm drive is fine. The hourly snapshots are generally very tiny.

However, if you do a lot of hardcore work where lots of files are being edited every hour ... then go for speed.
 
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Father Jack

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I have a 20GB Segate in a USB Case-cost $49 (drive was free). My backups are at most, under 4GB.
Going by what I have read about "Time Machine" I think something quite a bit bigger will be needed. As well as backing up all data files it also back's up the complete OS .. :eek:

(ps I hope I'm correct !!! ....:eek:)
 
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