Want to sync a 200g music collection to a external HD

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  1. AdamG33 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am reasonably new to OSX. I want to back up my 200gig music collection to an external hard drive.

    I'm wondering what the best option on OSX is. I've tried to fool around with Automator, but haven't quite got it figured out yet.

    Is Automator my best option, or is there another method worth trying? Ideally I'd like the sync to start automatically when I plug in the HD.
     
  2. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

    ideal.dreams

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     > System Preferences > Time Machine (4th row down, second to last icon)

    From here you can configure Apple's included backup software. I use it daily to back up the entire contents of my Mac, but I believe you can limit it to just backing up your music folder. It is automatic as well, so you don't have to worry about syncing it often.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Time Machine requires you to exclude everything but the music folder, which is annoying. Use CCC, or keep a general backup of your entire system.
     
  4. AdamG33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, will try out CCC.

    Got another quick question, what format should I make my external HD so that it plays nice with OSX?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    HFS+ is the only format you can use for backups from your internal drive.


    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
     
  6. AdamG33 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Does it matter if I choose Journaled or Case Sensitive etc?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I wouldn't do case sensitive, as I've read threads here by those who had problems with that.
     

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