Suggestions: Storage Solutions uMBP & PC

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheSandman2236, May 26, 2009.

  1. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

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    Hey everyone --

    I just got my first unibody Macbook Pro & I need a few suggestions.

    I currently have a pretty substantial gaming pc with a Dell 3007WFP-HC that I do 90% of my gaming with. Added to that I have a Drobo with 4x500GB' drives making a total of 1TB of usable storage. This was just fine when I didn't have a Macbook Pro ;) But now I've got multi-platform. I was wondering what the best redundant storage solution would be for me.

    A few things--
    I'm a web developer/designer so I have alot of Porfolio pieces to backup plus a ton of stock/creative assets.

    I've got about 40GB's of Music, 700GB's of Movies & TV shows, etc.

    I'm trying to decide what would be the best route for me to got for storage/back for both my PC and Macbook. I mostly do work on the go or at work with my Macbook Pro. I'd say about 75% of it is done on my Macbook Pro.

    I'd also like to get my MBP hooked up to a Time Machine to backup my 320GB OS Drive.

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    I'm open to any solution really, even if it means selling the Drobo (Non-Firewire 800) and buying something else. I'm doing this for the long run.

    Thanks again in advance for anyone help.
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    The most obvious solution is a Time Capsule, but I dont know if the 1TB version is big enough, and use it alongside the Mac (For Time Machine) and access the Drobo as a shared drive on the PC through the network for Movies, and Music.
     
  3. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That might work -- 1TB is more than enough storage for my Macbook Pro considering I only have ~320GB's of data on it. And you're saying hook up the drobo to the Time Capule via USB?
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have my Drobo connected to a desktop that is on 24/7 and then it is shared over the network. I also have a shell script that keeps the Drobo from spinning down, so I can always access it.
     
  5. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just over an SMB share? What about for Time Machine Backup's? Can you possibly send me over that script?(If it will work on a windows machine)
    I really appreciate your help.
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    For Time Machine you may need the drives to be in HFS format.

    I built myself a mini server with 2 1.5TB hard drives that I have running 24/7. Was very fun to do and comes in handy when using uTorrent.

    I also have iTunes running on there all the time, so that I can stream my music to my Airport Express and hear it on my stereo.
     
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  8. TheSandman2236 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But what about PC support?
     
  9. bugout macrumors 6502a

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    I use an HP EX485 windows home server with 4 2TB hard drives. There have been some deals lately where you can find them for less then $500. Just add your own drives.

    I keep utorrent running on it and it backs up all the macs in the house.

    It's fully mac & pc compatible, including time machine. I have a mini with plex in 2 rooms in the house and all movies/pics/music run off of it. Works like a charm.
     

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