Portable Backup Drive-What size?

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  1. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    I am thinking about getting a portable backup drive when I am out on vacation or shooting a lot of pictures when traveling. Assuming I am shooting all of the pictures in JPEG + RAW (since that will eat up the max amount of file space) what size drive do you think I should go with? I will more than likely have my MBP with me. Using Aperture 3 I would upload them to my MBP but I would want to do a separate back up as well. So 320GB? 500GB? Higher? I am thinking of using this in the field so to speak since I have Time machine and a 500GB Western drive at home. Any thoughts much appreciated.
     
  2. mahood macrumors member

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    I'd get the largest you can afford / find / carry - I've never heard someone complain 'I've got too much free space on this disk'. :D

    Obviously don't just get a 2TB drive because you can, look at the 'GB per $' and be sensible, but I don't think there's much point in buying small.

    I would say to make sure you have a backup too, but it sounds like this will be your backup - I'd keep it in a different bag to your laptop, as if someone steals one you might get to keep the other! Nasty thought I know, but you'd kick yourself if you had your laptop bag stolen and lost your backup at the same time.

    If you can get to wireless while you travel, make a copy on the net somewhere (I use and always recommend http://crashplan.com/ myself, but something like http://dropbox.com/ might be handy too) or if you're staying with friends ask them to download pics to their computer now and then - I've never heard someone say 'I have too many backups' either!

    Mark
     
  3. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    IIRC correctly, you are looking at about 25 MB/picture. How many pictures do you need to backup before you return home? It is pretty simple math.

    Personally I use a 100GB hyperdrive when I am away (my shots are ~10MB each and I have never come close to running out of space). Having a laptop (and AC power) independent solution is very important for me. With the hyperdrive, you can backup as you shoot instead of waiting until you are stopped somewhere for the night.

    I think 500GB is a bad idea for most people as they will get lazy and leave crap on it so the loss will be bigger if it disappears. Having a smaller drive helps you to keep it cleaned up and ready for the next adventure. Whatever you get, I would go for a 5400 rpm (or slower) drive to save power, for a backup drive the added speed of 7200 is not normally required.

    Good luck.

     
  4. tmagman macrumors 6502

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    I carry a 500GB G-Tech G-Drive Mini when I'm on the go, its USB/FW800 and built like a tank and stinkin fast.
     
  5. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Your camera is a factor here. You shoot FF and according to Canon specs a RAW+JPG file size is around 36MB. This will vary depending of the tonal range of the image. A 250GB drive will hold around 7,000 images. Whether you go with 250, 320 or 500 is your choice, but get a bus powered drive so you don't need to worry about more cords.

    LaCie makes a couple of rugged drives mant for field use.

    Look Here on B&H

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  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Right now I think the 1TB size is the "sweet spot" where you get the most for your money. A500GB might be cheaper but for not much more you get twice as much.

    If you are using Aperture then I assume this will hold one of what Aperture calls a "vault". Using a vault is a very safe way to backup the images.

    Conciser buying two drives and using them in rotation. then do not keep all yur equipment in the same place. Theft is a major cause of data loss and you don't want to loose your backup and the computer. Drives are cheap enough now that you can afford to buy two of them. Aperture is good at keeping track of what needs to be updated in each vault and will sync them up quickly
     
  7. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Hello again. Here is a link to B&H that consolidates all of the devices I mentioned in my last PM.

    Stand alone data storage

    The lower priced devices don't have preview screens, so keeping everything on your CF card would provide a second back up. Take two or three and don't delete them until you have everything on your computer.

    Dale
     
  8. fcortese, Apr 14, 2011
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    fcortese thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks again! You've made my job easier.

    EDIT: And thanks to all who contributed their advice and info!
     
  9. TheReef, Apr 14, 2011
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    I use an older Lacie Rugged 160GB whilst away for extended lengths of time.

    It's fast and bus powered over FW800, very convenient.
    When I return to my desktop Mac I'll dump it all onto a larger drive.

    Down here I've seen 750GB portable drives (USB only) for only $100.
     
  10. fcortese thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks Reef. After getting everyone's feedback and looking into multiple products I will more than likely be getting one of the LaCie's, as both you and Dale have suggested. I toyed with the idea of one of the models where you just stick in your CF card and upload the pictures and then later connect to your computer. The decent ones can get very pricey. However, I think I will get a portable HD and use it more for backup of the pictures I take. I realize this means I will need to have my MBP with me or at least have access to a computer, but for now this concept make more sense given my present usage.
     
  11. ErvS macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    Getting to the table a little late on this. I was just down at Best Buys and they had 1TB's on sale for $99. It is called Seagate free agent Goflex. It is Run off the usb port, and runs 3.0.
    Their web is www.seagate.com
    Erv
     
  12. munkees macrumors 65816

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    I got a Seagate Goflex HD for my MBA. 500GB for $80 at target. my MBA drive is only 120GB, so I have lots of flexibility in this drive. I use it for backup and storage of my pictures from my iMac when I am on the road, lots of room to play around with.

    I also purchased a second drive I use for Time Machine for both this MBA and my wife's MBP.
     

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