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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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Smaller HD would be just fine if there were no photos

I like the idea of a small HD in my MBP; and MBAir with SSD would be the ultimate. My everyday files do not need much space.

My current MBP is connected to TM via FireWire and works wonderfully. I moved photos to an external HD, which is AirPort Extreme connected. (Or actually copied; and now I do not dare to delete the originals from the MBP)
My dilemma is how to backup the external HD with photos and eventually some other volume intensive files.
TM seems to be able to backup the MBP HD only. What would be a smart backup strategy for the NAS HD?
I currently also use Dropbox and WebPicasa for file sharing, but would prefer a non-cloud solution for backup.

If I can find a solution to this problem, I can start to dream about MBAir with 128 SSD etc.

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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #2
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I like the idea of a small HD in my MBP; and MBAir with SSD would be the ultimate. My everyday files do not need much space.

My current MBP is connected to TM via FireWire and works wonderfully. I moved photos to an external HD, which is AirPort Extreme connected. (Or actually copied; and now I do not dare to delete the originals from the MBP)
My dilemma is how to backup the external HD with photos and eventually some other volume intensive files.
TM seems to be able to backup the MBP HD only. What would be a smart backup strategy for the NAS HD?
I currently also use Dropbox and WebPicasa for file sharing, but would prefer a non-cloud solution for backup.

If I can find a solution to this problem, I can start to dream about MBAir with 128 SSD etc.
Well I would daisy chain another FW drive to the external you have now and simply copy everything that is on your existing external onto the second drive.
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Old Feb 26th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #3
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FWIW I ran a photo lab for a number of years and am quite fussy about photo quality.

I use point and shoot style cameras and even just using jpeg images get excellent results printing up to 8x10. Many of my images could handle an 11x14 enlargement.

This past year I did a lot of testing and came to the conclusion that P & S cameras capture at around 2-3 MP and everything bigger is interpolated by the camera. I now shoot at 5 MP on my good camera and 3 MP on the Underwater camera. For the very rare occasions where I need more pixels, PS Elements is very much able to add them.

Saves a ton of space and the images are more than adequate for my needs.
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