Please help me - Backup advise.

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  1. datfann macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2014
    I have a Macbook Air 2013.I used up about 55GB of 128.Most of it is music and pictures but i want to do a backup so i can download the OS X Mavericks.Now how should i do the backup.I am a complete novice.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You get a new external HDD, any 1 TB or bigger HDD, be it a portable 2.5" HDD or a 3.5" desktop HDD will suffice (and it does not need to be Mac specific and can be a USB 3.0 HDD), unpack it, connect it to your Mac, then when Mac OS X asks if you want to use that HDD as Time Machine backup you answer yes.
    That formats the HDD (any previous data on it will be deleted) to the correct format and Time Machine backs up to it.
    The initial backup will take some time, probably an hour or three with 55 GB over USB 3.0, subsequent backups will be faster.

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  3. datfann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2014
    Thank you very much.Could you please advice me on what HDD should i buy.And do i need a time capsule maybe for the future.
  4. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Time capsule is not the cheapest way to go but will do the job.
  5. iterva macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    Just pick one. I have the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB and i have no issues with it.

    TimeCapsule will be easier(fully automated), but the price on those are much higher.
    When using a USB drive for TimeMachine backups it will require "more" from you in regard to the fact that each time you want to do a backup you have to manually connect the USB drive to your mac.
    There are "workarounds" that some use to get USB drives connected to a router to act as an TimeCapsule, but keep in mind this requires a bit more knowledge and fiddling around to get it to work...And this way you don´t have 100% guarantee that backups will happen without issues.

    With a TimeCapsule this will be done wirelessly and automatic, so when TimeMachine is configured no further action is required from you. Backups is done automatically, And thus you always have a up to date backup of your mac.

    Option 1) If you want the most affordable option, then go with the USB drive.
    Option 2) If you want to have all backups automated (of your files/settings etc without ever needing to do anything manually and can afford it) then go with a TimeCapsule.

    With both options the end result will be exactly the same.
  6. datfann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2014
    Well TC is expensive but i guess it does pay off but in the end i think i will go with EDD cause from your answer i realized that i will get the same results.Thanks.
  7. donlab macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2004
    check out slickdeals or newegg for a 1TB external usb drive. It doesn't need to be fast since its just a backup drive so if you can find a deal on a usb 2 drive go for it. 1TB drive backing up a 128GB internal drive will give you LOTS of room to store incremental backups. This will allow you to have many recovery points if you choose to keep the drive connected at home for hourly backups.

    You can also purchase the 6th gen airport extreme and attach a powered external USB drive for wireless time machine backups for less than buying the time capsule.

    Best Buy has Apple AirPort Extreme Wireless Base Station (Geek Squad Certified Refurbished ME918LL/A) for $119.99. Shipping is free.

    external drive should be $75-$100
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Just realize that performance is much lower. Using gigabit ethernet, the internal drive on the time capsule clocks around 50MB/s vs an external drive on the Airport Extreme at around 20MB/s - see:

    Refurb 2tb time capsules are available from Apple for $255. But a USB 3.0 external drive is going to be faster still - I have a Passport Extreme that clocks a little over 100MB/s, which is pretty good for a little bus-powered drive. I have several inexpensive larger USB 3.0 drives with external power supplies that test between 160MB/s - 170MB/s.

    I have several of the older WD Passport USB 2.0 drives, and they are pretty slow, around 35MB/s.

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