If there’s one thing that I never seem to be 100% happy with it’s my backup workflow.
Most of the time this feeling of it not being right isn’t because of hardware failure (thankfully) but more an issue of how it’s organised and how easy I’m making it for myself to recall images in the future if need be.
Don’t get me wrong I’ve certainly had the hardware failures in the past; one time with an external hard drive completely failing and then another when my iMac hard drive threw a wobbly. In the iMac instance, thankfully I had the Time Machine set up so once the inconvenience of having the hard drive replaced was passed, getting back up and running was a breeze; the external hard drive on the other hand was another story 🙁
I’ve tried the Drobo too but only for a short period of time and replaced it as a knee jerk reaction when hearing from several friends losing data when it failed.
So I’ve been kind of getting by with a number of external hard drives connected through FireWire; one used for the Time Machine and the other two for storing image and video files; files are copied onto one and then each night the SuperDuper Software duplicates files on the remaining hard drive. It’s a bit clunky but it did the job until now.
Anyway with a whole new upgraded computer system due any day now I’ve been prompted to revisit the backup workflow again, and have decided on the following solution having taken the recommendation from Gadget Guru and Tech Wizard Terry White.
Terry recommended I take a look at the Synology and G-Tech Raids and after doing as much research as I could stomach I’ve opted for the G-Drive solution; apart from it looking pretty slick the reviews seem very promising so I’ll keep you posted with how things go…
On the subject of backup workflow though I’d love to hear what you’ve gone with and what works best for you. I used to use an online backup service too but have moved away from that now as it seemed to take forever to get everything uploaded. Do you use one?
As for Time Machine I wouldn’t be without it as it’s saved my back on more than one occasion but I don’t use Apple’s purpose built Time Machine HD as I found that too, took a very long time to do the initial backup…we’re talking 3 days!
Instead I use a regular external HD as I will be in my new set up too. One thing I never seem to get though is how once the Time Machine drive is full it’s supposed to begin overwriting the oldest data but instead I get the message that the drive is full and a backup is not possible. At this point I end up having to reformat the drive and do a brand new Time Machine back up. Obviously this is far from ideal so if any Tech Gurus know what I should do or am maybe doing wrong I’d love to know.
Right, that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to and have planned for the weekend, have a good and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.
Also if you have any advice/experiences on the subject of backing up please feel free to make use of the comments section below; I’d love to hear what you’ve found works and doesn’t work for you.