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  1. #1

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    Default HDD full of media files - how to back up

    G'day all

    Probably a familiar problem to many so I'd appreciate your solution suggestions.

    I have a 2TB drive plugged into my MacBook Pro. It is 3/4 full of movies, TV series and audio books and I would hate to lose them.

    My laptop is backed up to an Airport Time Capsule but there is not enough room on there for my media files.

    Eventually this external drive will fail. Do I just buy another one and use one to back up the other? I can't think of a cheaper solution.

    Suggestions please.

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    Get a large capacity RAID solution. Something like a synology or Drobo that can take 6-10TB and handle a failed disk.
    They arent cheap, but losing data is worse.
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    If you are looking for a cheaper option, you could take the following approach.

    - Internal HDD for necessary files
    - First External HDD for media
    - Second External HDD which is big enough to backup the internal drive and the first external.

    Used this setup for my father as he needed a cheap alternative. Buying a NAS and decking it out with drives was too expensive for him.
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    Cheapest solution is to get another 2TB USB drive and copy everything across. The problem is then keeping both locations up to date. If you don't have a program that can manage that then maybe erasing and re-copying the full contents every so often may be the best way to go.

    Having a system that uses RAID isn't a backup solution, but it does give you that little extra time between drive failure and data loss. This is the path I've gone down because I wanted a lot of storage in a single location and accessible from multiple devices at once. Constantly moving around USB drives and tangling/untangling cables just wasn't going to work for me. Made the investment in a NAS and have been thankful ever since.

    That said, this thread has inspired me to buy a 6TB USB drive to make an off-site backup of my media on to (I'll keep it in a drawer at work). USB drives of that size weren't readily available at a price I was happy with the last time I went looking in to an offsite solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Knight View Post
    If you are looking for a cheaper option, you could take the following approach.

    - Internal HDD for necessary files
    - First External HDD for media
    - Second External HDD which is big enough to backup the internal drive and the first external.

    Used this setup for my father as he needed a cheap alternative. Buying a NAS and decking it out with drives was too expensive for him.
    Pretty much the cheapest option, the downside being that with a MBP you have to plug stuff in and out all the time. Having the drives on a desk means you can usb a USB hub so at least limit the number of cables you have to plug in.


    Following on from that idea another option for you, although you will have to test actual performance, would be to plug your two external HDD's into the Time Capsule (using a USB hub). Then you can access the drives over the network which saves you plugging things in and out. You still need the same software to allow for a backup.

    This is one that I use from time to time.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think the best bang for buck is the one to buy a drive large enough to back up both the computer and media drive via Time Machine. So that's what I'll do.

    My laptop spends 95% of its time on a desk with everything connected anyway.

    Cheers
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    Let me suggest carbon copy cloner is a great tool and better than TM to backup external drive.

    And buy a thunderbolt dock.. plug everything into the dock so when you do go.. you unplug one simple cable..

    They used to be uber expensive but OWC is great for sales and some of the older products go on special.

    I am running a dock to mac mini.. 2011 which lack USB3 but is made up by the dock.. and USB 3 drive plus dock is cheaper than thunderbolt drive.. and far more use.

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