Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 2:23 PM (in response to Web dude)
Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on backup and restore.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 2:56 PM (in response to Web dude)
I can always mount it later if I need it, correct?
You could mount it, but not run from it.
I'd Partition the external into at least two for the OSX drives & clone With Carbon Copy Cloner.
What's the best way to back up files without interrupting the library directory system? In other words, itunes and iphoto will be asking me where are my **** files?
Cloning or backing up won't confuse it, but are you talking about Moving them?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 5:10 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Yes, I want to move them to the new drive
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 6:00 PM (in response to Web dude)
OK, but you won't have any backup of those files, but...
Moving iPhoto files...
Moving iTunes files...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 9:56 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I just wasted an hour backing up 150GB of my files to the external HDD using Super duper. When I went to back up more files from another HDD to the external with SP, it erased my prior back up files. What gives? I thought SP would throw everything together to the external drive.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 10:03 PM (in response to Web dude)
You'd have to have different Partitions for each, or copy to different folders .
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2011 2:17 AM (in response to Web dude)
I thought SP would throw everything together to the external drive.
That's bad enough with OS and files on one drive, but mix files from several drives..... what a mess.
It's also a directory nightmare, which is likely why no software that I know of does that.
One backup volume per one source volume, clone,TM or otherwise, that is how a backup is (should be) done.
If it's just files that you want, drag and drop copy to another volume is fine.
If you want to retain resource forks to the software that created each file, and (especially) if you want bootability, use a clone utility like SuperDuper.
To save time after the initial backup, use Smart Update of SuperDuper.
BUT, DO have one volume for each volume that you wish to backup.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2011 10:16 AM (in response to japamac)
Japamac, how many drives do you have running? So SP and CCC are just cloners. I will have to drag & drop to copy my personal files to the external drive. When would it be appropriate to run SP or CCC?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2011 4:56 PM (in response to Web dude)
how many drives do you have running?
Currently have 6 machines and a total of 21 drives running.
In two machines I use TM and SD! backup, in the other four I use SD! only.
I've never fallen back/used a TM backup, but constantly use SD! backups.
The performance benefit of running a SD! clone is one main reason.
When would it be appropriate to run SP or CCC?
I run the initial SD! clone upon setup of a drive.
After that, I base frequency on the usage.
With full time machines, Smart Update of SD! runs every night.
In other machines, I run Smart Update once a week.
Having so many drives, it can get hard to cover backups drive for drive, but 1:1 is a better backup scheme.
With the 1TB, 2 TB and 3 TB drives getting so reasonable, a single drive can be partitioned to serve as backup for two, three or even four volumes.
Of course, it is better to limit the number of volumes on a single drive in case of catastrophy....
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2011 8:32 AM (in response to japamac)
Just reformatted my two 200GB internal drives and was leaning toward getting more external drives. Would it be wise to sell the two internal drives or still use to them as back ups?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2011 2:32 PM (in response to Web dude)
I often rotate old drives to backup service.
When I do, I run a "zero data" pass on them to force sector sparing in case of bad or flaky sectors (bad for data/reliability).
Using multiple, smaller drives also helps when larger, multi partitioned drives are in use and need backed.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to japamac)
Not sure if you answered this but can SD back up to multiple drives to an external? and can I set up schedule for it?