How big shall my TM backup HDD be ??

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  1. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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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 ??
     
  2. onebloodonelife macrumors regular

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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.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    as big as your budget can get. The bigger it is the further back you can go.
     
  4. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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 ??!!
     
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    depends on your usage but 160GB for a week should be ample.
     
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    perhaps look up the meaning of ample.

    Also mileage will vary considerately from person to person.
     
  8. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    great great ...

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

    and faster??!
     
  9. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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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.
     
  10. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  12. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    My primary hard drive is 250 Gb, so I plan on using a 300 Gb external ... :)
     
  13. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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... >_>
     
  14. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    really need more information, links, but from that little nugget i'd say get the toshiba.
     
  15. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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 !!! =|
     
  16. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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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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    Seagate FreeAgent 500GB, USB/FW, about $180-$200. No problems. Online is perfectly safe & reliable, just deal with a known & trusted vendor.
     
  18. aafuss1 macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  19. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    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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