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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Back up question Reply with quote

Is there any reason not to use a thumb drive for backing up my computer ?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No other reason other than thumb drives typically are not high enough capacity to back up an entire computer and if they are, they are not cost effective.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have about 60G on my computer - and i have found some 120G-TD for $39
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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it turns out the 64G was 39,95 and i got one because they were out of 128s

i just checked my HD - and i have 68G used

should i wait to get a 128 ?

and how should i back up my Mini ?

Can i just copy everything at once ?

Or do you copy each section ---like Iphoto----ITunes ?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use SuperDuper to copy everything

http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/superduperdescription.html

Being you would have to pay more for a 128GB thumb drive, you will likely be very close to the price of a 500GB or 1TB USB external hard drive.

Being it is for back-up purposes, if you don't really need the portability of a thumb drive you should probably look at the external hard drive.
This will give you more versatility down the road and if your space usage increases you'll still have enough room to back up your data.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree: go for an external USB hard disc - much cheaper per GB, and much faster, and just as convenient.

This sort of thing:
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-STBU500100/dp/B00829THSW

...and just use Time Machine to copy EVERYTHING - all your dox, music, photos, apps, system, EVERYTHING... in one easy step.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
I would agree: go for an external USB hard disc - much cheaper per GB, and much faster, and just as convenient.

This sort of thing:
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-STBU500100/dp/B00829THSW

...and just use Time Machine to copy EVERYTHING - all your dox, music, photos, apps, system, EVERYTHING... in one easy step.


I agree with the Time Machine suggestion from an "ease of use" standpoint.
I make a Time Machine back-up and a bootable clone.

I know this stuff might sound scary difficult, but here is an article that explains the benefits of both and guides you through the process.

If you purchase an external hard drive you with have more space, thus the ability to do both.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_make_bootable_clone_your_mac

If you select 2 partitions you can have the best of both worlds. Just make sure the CLone partition is GUID (as per instructions) if you want it to be bootable.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok

I looks like i will bring back the 64 thumb drive - and get the 500G HD

the link you posted is for a 3.0 -- is my 2007 Mini a 2.0 ?

And do you think the Seagate is the HD to go with--

and one other question about the TD --- is the memory in the TD more stable than a standard HD
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rockysv wrote:
Ok

I looks like i will bring back the 64 thumb drive - and get the 500G HD

the link you posted is for a 3.0 -- is my 2007 Mini a 2.0 ?

And do you think the Seagate is the HD to go with--

and one other question about the TD --- is the memory in the TD more stable than a standard HD


USB 3.0 is downward compatible to 2.0.
Seagate is fine, just like any other. Multiple back-ups is always the way to go, as nothing is 100% reliable. I trust hard drives more than thumbdrives as far as reliability goes.

No need to get too picky here. Just get an affordable hard drive and plug it in. Time Machine will ask if you want to do a back-up.
The reason I'm saying not to get too picky is...
It's not a boot drive
speed isn't an issue
heat dissipation isn't an issue

If you do want to get picky here's a good choice
http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-slim
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill
thanks --for your help--

I'll look into a HD this week end
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a seagate 500g today --when i start my back up do i need to leave the computer on until it's done -- it has 68G on the HD
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rockysv wrote:
I got a seagate 500g today --when i start my back up do i need to leave the computer on until it's done -- it has 68G on the HD


yes
You will see the little time machine arrow spinning around while the backup is in progress.
It will probably take about an hour.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bill

it will be a few days before i get around to it -- i'm on a get up early work day
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well i got around to backing up my Mini with the Seagate 500G-- i thought i was going to have trouble --but it all went easy--thanks for helping me out --


Should i leave the HD hooked up all the time ?
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