LaCie Silverkeeper -backup or synchronize?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macstatic, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. macstatic macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2005
    I've got a drive which I want to back up (I've decided to give LaCie's "Silverkeeper" a go). The original drive is an external 1TB drive which contains just data files (audio, video, text, images etc.). No system files, user area, not bootable etc.
    The backup drive is an external 2TB drive. So far I've used Silverkeeper to copy the entire contents of the 1TB drive meaning they contain the exact same files/folders. So far so good :)

    Since then I've added some new files to the original drive and possibly reorganized a bit as well (moved files/folders around), so I'm wondering what I should do now in order to back up my changes? Should I use "Backup set" or "Synchronize set" for this, and what's the difference between the two, and is there a way to make it back up in a similar way to Time Machine where I can go back say 2 weeks and find a file that I deleted from the original drive say 3 days ago? Is this what the "Copy set to folder" option ("Options" tab in Silverkeeper) does, and the "No. of copies" indicating how many backups back in time I want to keep before the oldest one is overwritten?
  2. John T, Mar 13, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011

    John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    If you don't already have them, Silverkeeper Instructions are here. Pages 28/29 explain the actions of Backup and Synchronise.

    I used to use Silverkeeper (until I switched to SuperDuper which I prefer) and used to just keep backing up. This is a "smart" backup which just copies files etc that have been altered/added since the last backup.

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