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Old Mar 10th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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Backup Strategy - Drobo ?

I am thinking about improving my backup strategy and am looking for some feedback.

Currently all of my data (Aperture photos, iTunes Library and documents) are stored on my 500 Gig internal Hard Drive in my 24" iMac.
I use Time Machine to back up to a LaCie 500 Gig FireWire 400 External Hard Drive.

I also have a 15" MacBook Pro which my wife uses mostly used for Web Surfing, Email and portability at certain times. I do not have much data on it but I do use Time Machine to back it up to another LaCie 250 Gig External Drive. My Calendars, Address Book, Bookmarks are synced up through Mobile Me.

I am considering buying a Drobo and using it for both Media Content Storage and for Time Machine backup for both computers.

Any suggestions or comments to this approach?

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I am thinking about improving my backup strategy and am looking for some feedback.

Currently all of my data (Aperture photos, iTunes Library and documents) are stored on my 500 Gig internal Hard Drive in my 24" iMac.
I use Time Machine to back up to a LaCie 500 Gig FireWire 400 External Hard Drive.

I also have a 15" MacBook Pro which my wife uses mostly used for Web Surfing, Email and portability at certain times. I do not have much data on it but I do use Time Machine to back it up to another LaCie 250 Gig External Drive. My Calendars, Address Book, Bookmarks are synced up through Mobile Me.

I am considering buying a Drobo and using it for both Media Content Storage and for Time Machine backup for both computers.

Any suggestions or comments to this approach?

DavidH
Hey:

The thing to note is that Time Machine can eat up all your disk space, yes, even 8 TB, if you let it. There is a little program that creates a disk image that functions as the Time Machine Backup.

The drobo is internally redundant, which is coolio. The one part of the backup strategy that it doesn't handle is off-site. You might want to take your important files and put them on the LaCie and take them off site, or sign up for Backblaze or something like that, and get all your data backed up in the cloud.

That's what I do, though I live in a small northern town, and it does take a few days to back up to backblaze after shooting a wedding....

If you get the Ethernet adaptor you can put the Drobo on the network, which'll make it easier to backup multiple machines.
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I agree with the suggestion for an off-site backup. Not wanting to wish you bad luck but suppose a thief enters your place. He or she just starts grabbing, first the Mac, then the Drobo unit.

Insurance will pay for things, but the data is lost.
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With the scenario you described, I can't see the justification for the cost of a Drobo.

You have a perfectly functional backup strategy already. If you're really keen to spend some cash, I suppose you could ditch both drives and get a 1TB Time Capsule from Apple (if you happen to be in the market for an "N" router as well) -- this frees the laptop from having to be in any specific location in the house to do its backups, less crap on the iMac's desk, and the unit can be hidden from potential thieves. Should be plenty of space for generous TM backups of both machines.
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With the scenario you described, I can't see the justification for the cost of a Drobo.

You have a perfectly functional backup strategy already. If you're really keen to spend some cash, I suppose you could ditch both drives and get a 1TB Time Capsule from Apple (if you happen to be in the market for an "N" router as well) -- this frees the laptop from having to be in any specific location in the house to do its backups, less crap on the iMac's desk, and the unit can be hidden from potential thieves. Should be plenty of space for generous TM backups of both machines.
I recommend against the Time Capsule all in one unit. Get an Airport Extreme, and add an external drive.

My knock against the Time Capsule is that if the drive goes, the entire unit is in for repair. Or if you want to go to a bigger drive, you're stuck. With the Airport Extreme/External drive combo, you can always replace the drive either if it goes or you want bigger. You can also add more drives using a USB Hub.
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The nice thing about the Drobo is that if one of your drive goes you just take it out and replace it even while it's on - it has some sort of redundancy system where files can be restored even if one of the drives is lost. But the cost, man, it's sky high. $500 for the unit and another $250 to get the wireless add-on. And then you have to buy the drives.
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You can buy two external drives with faster speed (FW800 on the Drobo is slow) and more capacity each than a Drobo, and mirror them. Configure them in a mirror configuration. Then if one goes down, you have a spare. So you can get redundancy and more speed for the less of the cost of a Drobo - I can't see why anyone would want to use one.

If you want an offsite strategy, don't use the two drives in a mirror capacity. Just use one at a time. Then once a week take it to a friend's house and use the other drive for backup. Swap them each week. Then if your current backup drive goes down, you have one that is only at most, a week out of date, in an offsite location.
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Time Capsule versus External HD

Does the "attached External HD" to Airport Extreme work as reliably as Time Capsule.
I already have an Airport Extreme but have never attached an External HD.

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With the scenario you described, I can't see the justification for the cost of a Drobo.

You have a perfectly functional backup strategy already. If you're really keen to spend some cash, I suppose you could ditch both drives and get a 1TB Time Capsule from Apple (if you happen to be in the market for an "N" router as well) -- this frees the laptop from having to be in any specific location in the house to do its backups, less crap on the iMac's desk, and the unit can be hidden from potential thieves. Should be plenty of space for generous TM backups of both machines.
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Does the "attached External HD" to Airport Extreme work as reliably as Time Capsule.
I already have an Airport Extreme but have never attached an External HD.

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Difficult for me to compare, as I don't have a Time Capsule, but it works for me. I started sometime last summer with a 500 Gb machine and two machines backing up to it. I've started to get the 'hard drive full' messages so I'm going to swap the drive I have attached out and use a 1 Tb instead.
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Difficult for me to compare, as I don't have a Time Capsule, but it works for me. I started sometime last summer with a 500 Gb machine and two machines backing up to it. I've started to get the 'hard drive full' messages so I'm going to swap the drive I have attached out and use a 1 Tb instead.

Steve,
Thanks for the reply.
Let me know how swapping out for a new drive works.
I have heard mixed reviews about "issues" with Hard Drives attached to Airport Extreme and I am just trying to get a feel if there is any truth to these stories.

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