View Full Version : Lets talk storage and backup

April 1st, 2010, 09:11 PM
So, ive noticed over the last 6 months, my HD space between my iMac and external WD drive is getting slim so im looking to expand external drive wise(dont want to tear the iMac apart and put a bigger drive in it just yet as ive still got a year left of Apple Care and im too cheap to have them put a drive in so its still under warranty...). Ive got just shy of a full TB worth of photos and important documents i need to keep backed up....doesnt include another 300ish GB worth of video either.

What are you guys using for backup drives and whats your process\routine for doing it? Macs Time Machine, while a great idea in theory, doesnt offer a whole lot of customization so id rather not use it anymore...

April 1st, 2010, 09:47 PM
I store all of my photos on my hard drive (2TB) and also upload them all to my website. That hasn't been bad for me since I have been uploading as time passes, but if you were to try and upload your TB of photos now that would be pretty painful.

Remember that hard drives have a VERY steep failure rate at their 5th year, regardless of whether it was used frequently, or not at all, etc...during that time.

If you could invest some money into a tiny server, all you would need is most any modern aftermarket motherboard (such as Gigabyte) and most come with poor-man's version RAID. Set it up for mirroring of two 2TB drives, a slow processor and minimal memory and store your photos on there. Could probably do it for a $400-$500.

April 2nd, 2010, 08:11 AM
I have started to think about NAS with RAID built in. Prices still seem high on them though, so I am also considering the purchase of a couple of TB USB HDD's that I can back up to then store offsite on a regular basis.

April 2nd, 2010, 09:00 AM
Buffalo linkstation 4TB

April 2nd, 2010, 12:07 PM
google "drobo" I don't have the coin for that so I have a computer (it's in a rack mount case) that has several mirrored drives.

April 2nd, 2010, 02:16 PM
I bought a used Dell Poweredge 860 off Craigslist and put in new dual 2TB drives (RAID), running Ubuntu with SAMBA. Total cost, a hair under $400.

April 2nd, 2010, 06:40 PM
Costco has a couple options for reasonable prices

Western Digital 4TB with RAID $500

HP 1.5TB Home Server $550

April 3rd, 2010, 01:08 AM
I just use one of these
and my laptop with a 360gb HD

Those little external HD's are the size of a wallet and you can get them up to 1TB. small and compact. and dont take up much space and they dont require a power cord, they run off the USB cable.

April 7th, 2010, 11:23 AM
Does anyone use any of the online back up systems that you are hearing more about now....like Carbonite, etc??