The no-worry backup plan
Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:13 AM
It took a week to backup the whole machine the first time, but now it updates quickly every night, and all of my photos, music, and data are safe in a mountain somewhere in Utah. Now thats a backup :)
Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:25 AM
This solution is not for the faint of heart, but it should be looked into by pros and the very obsessive.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:29 AM
Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:08 AM
I'm thinking of trying Mozy as it has great reviews and the $4.95/month is pretty cheap insurance. Just not sure how the speed will be.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:33 AM
The nice thing about Drobo is it keeps 2 copies of your information and you do not have to worry about it. There is built in failover as long as there are at least 2 drives of the same size. And no, I do not work for them, I am just a very satisfied customer.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 06:48 AM
So far I'm doing periodic clones with CCC; haven't yet gotten to trying SuperDuper, which from all reports is excellent. Despite the "convenience" of Time Machine (for those who have 10.5 anyway), it seems to me like way overkill for most users' needs, like Spotlight (better in 10.5, but still tedious and frustrating). (I can think of only once or twice in 20 years it would have been nice to have a backup of a previous version of a document; when I'm working on something of that nature, I keep version backups myself. Time Machine also appears to cause an awful lot of problems, as seen in the ongoing and still voluminous Time Machine thread at MacInTouch:
Upload speeds offered by the typical DSL connection make online backup an extremely tedious chore, but I see it as a useful third tier of protection for small amounts of currently in-process work, since it can be done while you work. Particularly useful, I'd think, for road warrior types, who could maintain a 2GB backup space somewhere online for use while in transit, airports, etc.
However, there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus yet about which online backup service is fully Mac-friendly and reliable; for instance, a recent discussion at MacInTouch doesn't give a very good report for Mozy:
(I've noticed that a lot of computer products seem to get glowing initial reviews from journalists who try them once, but then show sometimes serious problems when trusting users try to rely on them over the longer term.)
Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:05 AM
Posted 13 July 2009 - 07:06 AM