What are everyones Backup plans for Itunes

Discussion in 'iPod' started by entropyfl, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. entropyfl macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2009

    Just curious how everyone backs up their itunes libraries?

    I'm getting annoyed with how much storage costs etc.

    I bought a Drobo with plans on storing all my media on there but then I got paranoid because if drobo broke that would be the library gone.

    My library is 1.1TB and its just so expensive to keep buying external drives.

    at the moment my library is on my 2TB imac drive and is backed up to Drobo.
    Need to have a rethink though because my internal is running out of space.
  2. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Try compressing your digital files..?
  3. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    I'd sell the Drobo. I never really understood the need for RAID storage for media files which are being properly backed up. I suspect most folks are relying on the redundancy to be their backup, which, as you indicated, is not a particularly good idea.

    My files are stored on several drives in my Mac Pro, backed up to external drives, and those are rotated with offsite copies. I suggest buying three external drives 2 or 3 TBs in size. Put your library on one, back up to another, and back up to the another which is kept offsite, but rotated frequently with your onsite backup. If any one hard drive fails (actually two could fail), you have a complete copy of everything. In the event of a fire/lightning strike/other calamity which takes your home with it, you have a copy at the offsite location.

    I suspect you'll get enough for the Drobo to more than cover my suggested storage solution. You can buy three 3 TB external drives for less than $400.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    2TB bare drive costs under $100
    Drive dock $30
    Time Machine
  5. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    All modern codecs utilise compression already, so compressing them further is likely to add overhead rather than reduce file size. Unless the OP is storing everything in PCM then it's not worth it.
  6. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Using the "OWC Mercury Elite Pro" with two 2TB hard drives inside for a primary/backup configuration. The chassis is set for independently addressable drives (no RAID or striping), one drive holds the "live" iTunes library while the other is a backup. Connection to the computer is FW800. Chronosync runs once a day to mirror the primary drive to the backup drive.

    The chassis provides a compact design for two drives and reduced chords, is easily upgraded as my space requirements increase.

    Good luck.
  7. HazyCloud, Sep 15, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011

    HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Crashplan+. For 50 bucks a year, you get unlimited off-site storage and can restore files to an iPad/iPhone if the devices support it. CP also supports real-time file changes so it will monitor your drive for changes.

    I have Crashplan backing up my entire 1 TB external in the event of a fire or break-in. Time Capsule will soon be used for Mac backups only.
  8. legacyb4 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Was about to suggest the same thing...

  9. mljones99 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2006
    I don't use iTunes (I use MediaMonkey and Amazon MP3) but I keep all my music on a MyPassport external harddrive.
  10. combatcolin macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
  11. dexthageek macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2007
    Carbonite.com - It is $59\year for unlimited storage. It monitors the directories you tell it to and it automatically uploads (incremental). You can then access you files online from any device.
  12. TheMTtakeover macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2011
    Ive always just used external hard drives but lately Ive been looking at sites like crash plan because if there were to ever be a fire I wouldn't want to have to start my music collection all over again
  13. freediverdude macrumors 6502a

    Dec 26, 2006
    Right now I have 3 externals, 1 contains the active iTunes library, 1 is the copy or backup of that library, and the 3rd is the time machine/carbon copy cloner drive that backs up everything else from the internal drive. But yea it's a pain to have that many externals, and I'm wondering if I would be better off just having an online backup service.
  14. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I don't have a very big iTunes library but its backed up to my external drive which is a clone of my Mac and my iPod Classic which has all the songs from the library.
  15. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Carbonite as of last month didn't backup externals. For me, that's was a no go. My iTunes library and media is on an external and that's what needs to be backed up. For 9 bucks less a year, it was no-brainer going with Crashplan.

    Do it. I have ONE external with it being backed up daily in real-time. If something bad happened, weather or robbery, you'd have nothing. Go with the peace of mind of having an offsite backup.

    I have 12,400 songs in my iTunes library at the moment. I'd much rather download them again from an offsite backup than re-rip all of them.
  16. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
  17. Goratrix macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2011
    an external drive stored at your parents' or friends' solves this problem.
  18. wgnoyes macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    Time machine and a Time Capsule, along with the rest of your system?

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