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External Firewire/USB drives. Posted by Noel [Email] (#876) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Noel) on Fri, 8 Apr 2011 06:31:04
In Reply to: Backing up your computer -- what do you guys do?, bender [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 7 Apr 2011 18:07:19 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
I've never been happy with the automated back-up options and don't like paying for virtual space on some remote server. So I do a manual back up every couple of weeks, just copying stuff that I've worked on, plus photos and music.
My external drives (2 TB each, mirrored) are connected anyway, so on back up day I just make a new folder on an external (the date is its name) and drag and drop my home folder to it. I exclude applications, fonts, etc., but all my work, other personal and business stuff, plus music & photos, go over. I do this at the end of a work day and by the time dinner is done the back up is complete.
There's no doubt an easier way, but this is simple, it works and it's pretty secure. I should do offsite, but don't.
I have another 2 TB drive (also mirrored) on the household Airport network that my wife and kids back up their computers to, either manually or using Time Machine. That works for them.
I always back up before a trip, but when traveling, in case the computer is lost or damaged, I use a portable drive or a couple of flash drives for anything critical. Sometimes I put stuff in a hidden folder on my company website so I can get at it from any computer.
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