Working while backing up?

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..

    Two questions :

    I'm running backups with superduper to a Buffalo Linkstation Pro.

    1. Can I still carry on doing my work while superduper does a full system backup? Or does this risk corrupting the files?

    2. It's very slow, about 3mb/sec (this is via a gigabit cable from the gigabit Powerbook directly to the gigabit Buffalo Linkstation Pro, no routers or hubs in the way)

    I just ran a test. A direct file copy runs at full gigabit speed, about 30-40 MB sec, but running a backup via SuperDuper runs at 3MB/sec. How can I speed this up? as backing up 80GB takes about 4 hours!

    Hope you can help.
  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    I wouldn't work while backing up. Either it will not be able to copy files in use or what is copied will not reflect your changes.

    How are you backing up? Are you making a disk image or doing a direct copy to a partition?
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I strongly suggest being able to do a differential backup after your initial backup.

    OS X is quite robust when it comes to file handling. You're not going to get any file in use issues unless you're trying to delete a file in use. Copying a file, even in use, is quite safe.
  4. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Superduper doesnt support doing a direct copy to a network drive. It has to do a sparse image on the network drive, which is what I'm doing.

    Re-reading the instructions, it implies this is a fair bit slower than doing a direct copy :(

    Thanks for the reassurance. Tho again, from the Superduper manual:

    I guess my main problem at the moment is the sodding slow speed of the sparse image backup - that seems to be what is taking so long. I tried copying to a sparse image on the same disk - 1.5MB/sec!

    We are all on laptops here with some non-technical users, so the idea was to have a central networked disk, and a simple command that everyone could apply to backup weekly to that central Buffalo 500GB linkstation. I could then clone that 500GB disk each month to an usb attached 500 gb drive and keep it offsite.

    The problem is it's so slow to do a full backup (3mb/sec), and ties up the machine for hours on end. I'd like to do a differential backup, but supersuper needs to be registered to do that. I originally brought the Buffalo to run Leopard/ Time machine from, and then Apple put Leopard back!

    With Leopard out very soon, need to conserve budget for buying everyone Leopard / Time Machine functionality.

    I think what I'll do is just do a direct copy (30-40mb/sec) of everyone's home folder - never mind if it isn't bootable etc. In the event of disaster / laptop theft, at least the mailboxes and main documents will be there.
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    I totally agree, don't work during a back-up. I would have a cup of coffee while the back-up is being carried out ... :)
  6. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    If you are using SuperDuper just schedule the backup to happen at night while you are sleeping.

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