What backup drive for 2TB iMac

bullet123

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I have ordered a new imac with 2TB hd option. I wanted to know what people are using for a backup drive. I dont intend to partition the internal drive and have a lot of content and thats why i ordered a 2TB drive. To backup i am assuming at least 4TB external drive would be required.
 

DazBrowne

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You need atleast 2TB but you could get up to 110TB if you want Western Digital are usually well priced
 

Badger^2

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Oct 29, 2009
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Why would you need 4TB?

Do you plan on keeping 1.9TB on your internal drive at all times?

Define "a lot"?

For the extra $250 you spent on the internal 2TB, I would have kept the 1TB internal (and ordered my iMac from someplace cheaper than Apple) and then spent that $250 got a fast external FW800 2TB external to put some of that "content" on. 3TB total space too.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

For backup, any cheap as you can buy USB 2 drive you can find.
 

peteyD

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Nov 9, 2009
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Why would you need 4TB?

Do you plan on keeping 1.9TB on your internal drive at all times?

Define "a lot"?

For the extra $250 you spent on the internal 2TB, I would have kept the 1TB internal (and ordered my iMac from someplace cheaper than Apple) and then spent that $250 got a fast external FW800 2TB external to put some of that "content" on. 3TB total space too.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

For backup, any cheap as you can buy USB 2 drive you can find.
I wanted the 2TB disk but the BTO lead times were so long I just caved and bought a 1TB i5. It is great.

On my old iMac (CoreDuo) I had all my iTunes data on an external drive. Used to drive me made as every time I switched to iTunes, it took an age to spin up the external drives. Okay, 5-10 seconds, but felt like an age. I would definitely go for all-internal storage with external back ups if I wasn't so impatient.
 

3121

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Feb 7, 2007
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agree with post above save your money on the internal drive and but a bigger external drive.
 

bullet123

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Aug 18, 2007
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Why would you need 4TB?

Do you plan on keeping 1.9TB on your internal drive at all times?

Define "a lot"?

For the extra $250 you spent on the internal 2TB, I would have kept the 1TB internal (and ordered my iMac from someplace cheaper than Apple) and then spent that $250 got a fast external FW800 2TB external to put some of that "content" on. 3TB total space too.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

For backup, any cheap as you can buy USB 2 drive you can find.
And how do you back up the external drive ( a delta backup as the data changes?). Will Time machine do delta backups of the external drive on which i will kepp the data?
 

JayInNJ

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Nov 10, 2009
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And how do you back up the external drive ( a delta backup as the data changes?). Will Time machine do delta backups of the external drive on which i will kepp the data?
Yes Time Machine will do that if you include that drive. I think it defaults to not including it.
 

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