Using SuperDuper + iPod Photo for backups?

GULCkid

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If I have enough extra space on my iPod to clone my HD on, would it be realistic to use that for backups instead of an external HD?

If something goes wrong with my powerbook, would I be able to restore from the iPod with SuperDuper about as easily as with a normal external HD?

Would this work through the dock?


Thanks for your time!!
 

munkle

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GULCkid said:
If I have enough extra space on my iPod to clone my HD on, would it be realistic to use that for backups instead of an external HD?
Yes.

GULCkid said:
If something goes wrong with my powerbook, would I be able to restore from the iPod with SuperDuper about as easily as with a normal external HD?
Yes. You could even use your Pod as a startup disk if you really wanted to!

GULCkid said:
Would this work through the dock?
Not sure what you mean...

If you mean to backup to the Pod, plug the Pod in and the SuperDuper interface will guide you through the rest :)
 

WinterMute

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I have most of my system on my iPod, a lot of the audio stuff is on a Lacie drive, but I do boot from the iPod occasionally to run Diskwarrior etc.

Very handy indeed, although 60gig isn't really enough for a full back-up drive, so I don't clone my system as such.
 

EGT

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Using the iPod as a start up disc would be really slow :( I think it's safe enough to back up to an iPod but I'd prefer to back up to an external hard drive.
 

WinterMute

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EGT said:
Using the iPod as a start up disc would be really slow :( I think it's safe enough to back up to an iPod but I'd prefer to back up to an external hard drive.
Yes, it's slow, but it's a convenient portable back-up that plays great music, I back my work up to it every night, and I can throw audio and video projects onto it to transfer to other Macs, then throw it in my pocket.

My pockets aren't big enough for a LaCie FW800 drive.;)

No-one is suggesting you'd use an iPod as your ONLY start-up drive... :)
 

GULCkid

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Thanks guys. I am rationalizing buying a 60GB ipod photo because that way I won't need to buy an external HD to do backups.

Here is the email I got back from the superduper people:

You could use a sparse image, stored on the iPod photo, to back up, yes. You'd follow the basic steps in this FAQ:
http://www.shirt-pocket.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81
If something goes wrong with the PowerBook, since you can't boot from the image stored on the iPod Photo, you'd use the alternate steps with an Install Disk and Disk Utility in Section 5 of the User's Guide to mount the image and restore.
So you guys know of a way to boot from the image stored on the ipod photo? How would taht work?
 

dolphin842

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GULCkid said:
Thanks guys. I am rationalizing buying a 60GB ipod photo because that way I won't need to buy an external HD to do backups.
Before you do that, how big is your music collection? Depending on the size, the money you save from buying a smaller iPod could be spent on getting a much roomier external drive. I got a 120GB drive and a firewire case for under $100 total last December; no doubt you can get a better deal now. Personally, I rather prefer this method because I don't have to mess around with my iPod and can just use it as an all-purpose, uber-floppy drive ;).

Back in '03 I splurged on getting a 20GB iPod because I thought I could backup my system... but I soon ran out of room. With the same amount of money put towards a larger external drive, you'll likely get more value out of your purchase.

i've also heard some folks say (maybe even Apple?) that using the iPod as a boot drive is not recommended because it causes premature stress on the HD. Can anyone more knowledgeable confirm this?
 
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