iMac Backup

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  1. willmtaylor macrumors G4

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    Which external backup drive do you all suggest for a 2017 18,3 iMac?

    Does having an SSD vs. HDD make much difference in this scenario? Which do you suggest and why?

    I have a 2TB Time Capsule with Time Machine turned on, so that's backed up regularly. However, I keep an off-site backup drive at my office and bring it home once a month or so to backup. (This iMac has all of our household financial documents, family photos, etc.)

    TIA!
    Will
     
  2. dwfaust macrumors 603

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    IMO, don't waste your money on an SSD for backup purposes... You can get a WD or Seagate portable 2.5" drive in sufficient size very inexpensively... I have two 2 TB drives that I use Carbon Copy Cloner to create weekly backups that I rotate to an offsite location. The drives were less that $100 each, and work perfectly. I run the backups over night, so speed is not critically important. Sometimes the most obvious solution is the best solution.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I agree with everything @dwfaust said here. Drives are pretty much a commodity any more, so just get whatever USB3 drive you can find on sale in the size you need. I also use TM to one disk and CCC to another once a week. I also backup my home folder online using Arq app to BackBlaze B2 servers.

    There was a post here a couple days ago where someone bought an SSD for TM backups and it made little difference. I think all the churning around TM does at each backup is what takes so long, and a faster drive does not matter much.

    I do use a SSD for the CCC clones and that is very fast.
     
  4. willmtaylor thread starter macrumors G4

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    Thanks!
     
  5. alisalem macrumors member

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    Definitely don't waste money on an SSD backup drive. If noise is a factor, the smaller external Hard Drives are really quiet. I'm a big fan of WD My Passport.
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 603

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    Thanks for asking the question! I was just about to ask it myself.

    And big thanks to @Weaselboy and @dwfaust for the advice.
     
  7. MisterSavage macrumors 65816

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  8. dwfaust macrumors 603

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  9. alisalem macrumors member

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    That's a really good price! I have the 3TB myself and they're really well built and look fantastic.
     

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