Time Machine External Hard Drive question.

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

  1. BrittQ macrumors regular

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    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

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    As long as they are formatted as two (or more) volumes.
     
  3. Paulius macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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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

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    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:
    http://www.drobo.com/products_demo.aspx
     
  7. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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.
    http://www.cwol.com/serial-ata/sonnet-tempo-express-34.htm
    it's not something that I'd do but to each their own :)
     
  9. macpluslaptop macrumors 6502

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    Drobo users?

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

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    http://www.barefeats.com/usb2.html

    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

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    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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