firewire ports are pretty much exactly the same transfer speed as USB 2.0, so really theres no point in just lookign for firewire
if you're not looking for portability, its easy enough to find standalone drives, look at like costco or whatever the equivalent is where you live
if you want to get cheaper, what you can do is buy a hardrive enclosure for like 20- 25$
and then you can put in a old computer harddrive, either from an old laptop or desktop, its an easy process to do
then you can plug that into your mac and use it for back up
hell i even have an old random 60 gb comp harddrive sitting around my house, ill give it to you for free if you pay the shipping, its definately enough for backing up
oh and any hardrive should work with your mac, if it doesnt it just needs to be formatted, i can tell you how if you want
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pretty much all hard drives come out of the box formatted for fat32, meaning they are windows and mac compatible. but anyone using windows will want to reformat right away to ntfs, and anyone using a mac will want to format to uhh whatever the fuckt hey call it.
Anywho, for the thread creator: how big is your internal drive? Remember if you have filled your current hard drive you probably need to buy 2 externals (1 to put the data you are moving off and 1 to back-up that data). A better option IMO would be to buy a larger internal drive and buy an external drive of the same capacity for back-up.
exactly what I was thinking... Wise men say "it doesn't exist until it exists in at least 2 places,ideally 3". It should also be noted that having an external hard drive besides your computer that images the internal drive isn't a solid back-up at all.
Ideally for everyday personal stuff (would probably go even harer for business stuff) you have the data in 3 places. Your local internal drive. An on-site external back-up. And an off-site back up. In some cases an online back-up service can replace having an on-site and off-site external copy (since they back-up within their own server) but I would never trust my data solely with a third party. So yeah your internal hard drive+on-site external drive+off-site external drive (or online back-up works great.
i think he should buy a 1tb external, and partition it so that he has however much he needs for back up, then use the rest to take the programs he runs on his internaland put it on the external, thats what i did, the only thing i have on my comuter is cs4, logic studio, and final cut studio and i have 35gb left, u can still run games and programs from an external hd
yeah but then your games/programs/etc. aren't backed up. I suppose it isn't a big deal if the data on the external partition is just stuff you could just download again and wouldn't be lost lost, but isn't it a lot easier to just have an extra drive so you don't have to go through the process of real installing and downloading everything?
well no if the external is partitioned then the games and everything would be backed, an extra external drive would just be an insurance thing, its nice to have as a safety blanket but he probaby wont need it since he can do time machine backups
I don't understand where the data is being put, if his internal hard drive is currently full, buying an external drive only doesn't allow for back-up. In order to free up space on the internal he has to move data off of it. How does moving data off the internal to a single external allow room for back-up? All the data needs to live in 2 places.
bro hes on a mac, so its not a backup, its a time machine backup, not only can he access it on his computer he has, but he can access it on any computer that can read that kind of file/program. thats how i hooked one of my buddies up with cs4, its also how i have my external set up
I have no idea what you are saying. Time machine is just a way of backing up. A shitty way for people who are back-up noobs... Maybe you are talking about iDisk? Having two copies of your data on one drive isn't a back up. Regardless of whether it is partitioned or not. If the drive fails there goes both your copies.
And just to clarify why you want an off-site back-up:
I have heard of countless people having their places broken into, the guy takes the computer and the hard drive next to it. Or your house burns down and there goes copies of all your music, priceless photos and video. etc etc. So in the very least have 2 hard drives, one you back-up to say weekly, and another one that you back-up say monthly (or whenever you have a crucial file change) and keep at work/school locker, etc.
bingo. A year after i got my computer and had a huge music collection, my HD crashed and i had to send it in to get replaced. all my shit wasnt recoverable and had to start from scratch. It blows starting from scratch. you feel like you've been robbed of everything then its a veryy slow road to getting it all back. sometimes i fucking hate technology and its random fail-ish-ness
western digital is good, and its not too expensive, i think you can get a terabyte for around 200$ otherwise, theres a little less for about 100$ too. i have one, its smaller than a wallet, haven't had any issues with it.
I've had my laptop stolen and had my hdd fail. both times I was spared so much hassle and wasted time by being able to put everything back the way it was beforehand. Yes it costs a little more at the time to set up a backup system but it WILL save you far more in time and money when something inevitably stuffs up
so i am loooking for a external hard drive now and there is an imoge on amazon for 100 (1TB) and a western digital for just over a hundred. (1.5TB). are both good hard drives? thoughs on companies and stuff.
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