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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 09:23 AM   #1
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iPod as a full back up solution?

Is it possible to use your iPod as an automatic/synced back up system?
Know what I mean?

Like have it updating your whole system or particular folders every day?
If so what do I need to get/do to accomplish this?

I already have my iPod setting to enable disk use, just want to know if I can make it into a trusty full fledged back up solution?
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 03:43 PM   #2
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You could probably do it with one of the many utilities out there. When the iPod is in Disk Mode, it's just like any other external hard drive so any utility that you'd use with an external hard drive should work fine with the iPod.

I have a 40GB iPod that I don't really need for music, but I use it to backup my Home directories. Between my work, home and laptop I have three systems and once amonth or so I get it out and just drag & drop my home directory onto it, from each of my three systems.

You could probably do a search on these forums for Backup information, or try Version Tracker or whatever for backup software. The fact that your external hard drive is an iPod is really irrelevant.

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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 03:43 PM   #3
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Just got an iPod and have been wondering about this too. I was thinking of using Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my drive onto the iPod. I'm pretty sure you can schedule backups and syncs with CCC too.

Also, I'm wondering if you can boot off an iPod. I'm assuming so, though I imagine it would be pretty slow. Any thoughts?
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #4
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I know you can boot off the iPod, its simply a matter of selecting the iPod from the HD's that are selectable when installing the OS.

I just learned that recently and led me to ask if it can act as a ful fledged back up solution...

I really didn't think the iPod could do all this.. i though yeah sure you can put a few folder on it liek you would other wise do a really really large floppy or CD-R...
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 05:23 PM   #5
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While you can boot off the iPod, IIRC there's a caution about 1.8" drives not being made for heavy-duty frequent access; in normal use, the iPod only accesses the drive long enough to reload its RAM buffer. So if this is still true (I remember reading about it when iPods were spankin' new), it seems you should only boot from it occasionally/on an emergency basis, and not subject it to any other high-stress use. I don't know if running backup software counts as "high-stress".
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