Software for Multiple External Hard Drive Back-Ups?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MikeJayce, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. MikeJayce macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the process of upgrading to a Retina MBP, and with the 256 GB hard drive, I'm going to have to make an effort to focus on using a couple of external drives as part of my normal workflow.

    Until T-bolt externals come down in price, I'm going to go with a couple of USB 3.0 capable 3 TB externals.

    My question is: Are there any programs out there that will automatically copy files to the 2nd external after I move files onto the first? Ideally, I will only work with files on one of them, with the changes being backed up to the 2nd automatically.

    Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    You can set up Carbon Copy Cloner to automtically sync the first drive to the second. Hence... as you make changes to your #1 external... CCC will apply the updates to your #2 external. You can set that up as an scheduled update, or to update when the 2nd drive is attached.

    I would consider buying external drives with replaceable interfaces. Hence, if you feel the need at some point to move your drive to TB... you can just change the interface. I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex Desk that I use. I bought the $189 TB base, and use it as a TB drive when connected to a TB computer. Other times, it can be FW800, USB 2.0, or USB 3.0 depending upon the capabilities of the computer.

    /Jim
     
  3. definitive macrumors 68000

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    Do you know of any links to tutorials that explain how this syncing is done?
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Why not RAID? You could mirror one external to the other in essence.
     
  5. yoak macrumors 65816

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    Shotput Pro is $99 and will let you copy files to multiple hard drives at the same time. It will also do a sum check and verify that your files are copied successfully. A bit expensive, but a great time saver if you copy larger files a lot as I do with my RED camera footage
     

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