Time Machine External Hard Drive question.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BrittQ, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. BrittQ macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    I will be getting a MBP soon and am looking at external hard drives.

    I'm looking at an enclosure with two drive bays. I want to put a 750gig in one bay(to backup laptop and the other bay), and a 500 in the other. Can Time Machine backup the other bay along with my laptop hard drive?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    As long as they are formatted as two (or more) volumes.
  3. Paulius macrumors newbie


    Aug 22, 2005
    Not only this, but you should ONLY consider buying an enclosure if it can show the two drives as different volumes and not only in a RAID0 configuration. The problem with RAID0 is that you lose all your data if either of the drives fail, so you're doubling your chances of losing data. It's not a big deal for a Time Machine drive, but you probably want to also use your drive for other things too.
  4. BrittQ thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    Okay, Thanks.

    I am thinking about this enclosure with a 7200rpm 750gig(to back up internal and 500gig drives) and a 7200rpm 500gig drive (for working with video).
  5. andejp12 macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
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    I just want to point out that the enclosure that you're looking at won't work with a MBP out of their respective boxes since a MBP has no Esata ports. I'd reccomend searching google for OWC firewire enclosures. I'd give you a link but I'm on my iPod touch.
  6. skemez1 macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2007
    Just get a drobo

    I just got a drobo and, except for the price, i couldn't be happier if you're looking into a drive for Time Machine that will never loose your data and is infinitely expandable then check it out. Here is a video on it:
  7. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    The Drobo is nice, i used one for a few weeks but i did not like it myself. Its not the products fault in anyway it worked great, but it only came in usb and does not work great for me, i transfer lots of large files and need them to be able to do so fast.
  8. andejp12 macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
    Okay, here's the enclosure that I'm most likely getting shortly after I get my iMac (I will order on the 15th as long as everything goes as planned :) ).

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW924AL2K/

    I like this one because it works with USB or Firewire 800 (the best that we can hope for short of eSATA ports being added to everything).

    P.S. I did find that you can buy an expresscard for a MBP which would give you 2 eSATA ports for about $90.
    it's not something that I'd do but to each their own :)
  9. macpluslaptop macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Drobo users?

    How much slower is a USB transfer? I'm thinking about Drobo myself. Thanks!
  10. BrittQ thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007

    I would never use USB to transfer files, unless it was the only possible option at the time.

    MacGurus.com has nice expresscard34 SATA host cards for $50.00
  11. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    Well backing up to my external took 4 hours with usb, 1 hour with firewire 400 and 50 mins with firewire 800. So there was a big difference, it does not matter if you only backup when you go to bed like i do.

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