Upgrade path for backup storage?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by disasterdrone, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2013
    So - I have a question.
    I currently have two sets of backups - one at home, and one at work. Both are 2tb USB external drives. My laptop contains about 1TB of data, mostly photos and videos.
    My question is about backup strategies over the long term. I expect the volume of photos and videos to continue to grow, and I have been resigned to the fact that I would have to start moving them off my laptop at some point, but so far the steady growth in drive size has allowed me to put this off. Right now I have a 1Tb drive in the optical bay and a 256gb ssd in the main bay.
    My problem is that I had to restore my computer this week, and it literally took a VERY long time to restore from TM. SO - to cut to the chase, I'm looking to upgrade the speed of my mass storage -

    a) I have a firewire 800 drive (not big enough), and I'm tempted to pick up some more, since I've been impressed with them. My worry is that although my 5,1 MBP will accept this, when I replace this machine I'm not sure that the next generation will have an fw800 port. Is this a doomed platform?
    b) USB 3. I know my next mac will have usb 3 - it's pretty fast, and that's good enough for backups. I can get an express card adaptor for my current Mac cheaply.
    c) Thunderbolt. It's very expensive, and frankly doesn't seem worth it for this use.

    Advice? Thanks!
  2. VI™ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2010
    Shepherdsturd, WV

    I use an older HP MediaSmart Windows Home Server box for my backups. Evetually I'm going to use a case I have with 10 bays to make a server with more control and higher capacity. Short of that, a NAS device like a Drobo would be something you would want to look at.

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