Multiple Drive Backup Solution - Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Vudo2, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. Vudo2 macrumors newbie


    Feb 7, 2017
    I currently have the follwing drive setup on a Mac Pro (early 2009) and am looking for any suggestions for an effective backup software solution as described below:


    - Drive-1 (internal): El Capitan 10.11.6 (OS, Application files and Working files) / Plan to just continually backup to an external 2TB drive
    - Drive-2 (internal): Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (OS and Applications only) / Only looking to back up ONE clean instance of this drive preferably to a Time Machine Backup to a small external drive only connected when manually doing a one-time Time Machine backup or in the future when any changes are implemented to the software applications (i.e. plug-ins, updates, settings). Will only be using this Drive to use applications from time to time and will be saving work files to another external drive
    - Drive-2 (500GB internal) - Will be used for Work Files Storage. Looking to backup this entire drive to another 500GB internal drive
    - Drive-4 (500GB internal): Used as an internal Photoshop scratch drive and as a backup drive for Work Files

    I am under the impression that Time Machine can not be used to do multiple types of backups as I require above. Can anyone recomend a good file backup scheme for getting the above done. I am willing to forgo using Time Machine as my primary OS drive backups if installing a Third party App such as Acronis True Image if it will do all the above while alowing for "scheduled" backups of the same (excluding the occational Snow Leopard drive backup I will be doing manually).
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    As far as I'm aware, you can only have one instance of Time Machine per OS. But you can get your EL Cap and SL drives backed up the way you want with Time Machine by the sound of things. For the rest, well, outside of TM, I can recommend Carbon Copy Cloner.

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