Syncronising 2 USB Hard Drives

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by james-bailey, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. james-bailey macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    #1
    Hey folks, new to the mac scene and loving everything about my new MBP. However being a long term PC user there are a few things that I need advice on in the mac world...

    Im serious about backing things up, and so going to invest on a Time Capsule to run with Time Machine. Looks a great bit of kit. Am I right in thinking this will back up literally everything on my mac, from Firefox bookmarks to Skype preferences?

    Additionally, I regularly access files from a USB 500GB Hard Drive (iTunes MP3s are all on there) and over the last few years I have used a windows piece of software to syncronise this USB HD with an additional USB HD so that if it every gets lost or broken whilst on the road, then I will have it backed up... Is there an easy way to do this on my mac?

    Thanks

    James
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

    spinnerlys

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2008
    Location:
    forlod bygningen
    #2
    Time Machine back ups everything, unless you exclude it. TM FAQ

    You can use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to make a 1:1 copy.


    Also have a look at the following links to learn more about Mac OS X:

    Mac OS X Basics

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios

    "How to maximise your MacRumors troubleshooting experience" created by mad jew in 2006

    MRoogle is a good tool to search these fora for already existing threads about questions you have. It might be able to answer you quicker than waiting for an answer.

     
  3. james-bailey thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    #3
    Hey thanks, that answers it! Cheers
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    #4
    I so wish Apple would come up with something like Dropbox so you could synchronize not just entire HDs but also individual Folders between systems. Dropbox is a great idea but it mangles some files.
     
  5. shwc macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2005
  6. james-bailey thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    #6
    Thanks, will have a look and see.

    How does iSync (thats already on my Mac) compare to those suggested downloads?

    After comparing prices of the Time Capsule and a normal USB 1GB HD I am going to just buy the latter and not mind having it plugged in to sync.

    As I kind of touched on in my opening post, I regularly access information on a removable HD and this needs backing up 100%, weekly.

    Does Time Machine offer a simple solution to backing up this entire drive also onto the same newly bought USB? Hence it would hold 2 seperate backups at once?

    Thanks

    James
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Location:
    Pa
    #7
    Microsoft makes something that does just that.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    #8

Share This Page