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Article: Backup Solutions For Your Mac or CustoMac

Basic backup strategy:
1. Local, hourly, incremental backups. Time machine on an internal or NAS drive is great for this.
2. Bootable clone, updated nightly. I use SuperDuper. This way if something goes wrong you lose almost no working time; you can be up and running in a minute.
3. Offsite physical clone, updated weekly. I store an external hard drive in a completely different building and bring it in once a week to backup everything. Then I move it offsite again. This way, if your apartment/house/whatever goes down in a fire, you still have something to fall back on; you haven't lost your life's worth of data.
4. Cloud-based storage. My email is based on GMail; my current documents all live in DropBox; my contacts etc. are stored in iCloud. Each of these things functions like a pseudo-backup, so if I do lose my local data, there's at least a good chance I'll still be able to access my key files from my phone or a loaner computer.

Remember people, data doesn't really exist until it's in at least two places, preferably three or four.

I have 1 and 2 down, if my striped raid array ever fails I can just throw the clone in and keep on going. Need to step my game up and get 3 and 4 implemented in my daily work though.
 
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Great tools all. I still use the free version of Carbon Copy Cloner, otherwise known as "CCC" which is fine under 10.8.1 although they warn me to upgrade. I used to Super Duper everything but the free version doesn't allow smart updates ;-)
 
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I really need to do this... For both my 1 TB Windows 7 side and 1 TB OS X side.

Is it possible to get backups working using one hard drive for both systems, say, a 2 TB external?
 
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I use Time Machine, but for cloning my Hackintosh drive, I've been using Chronosync (which I use for other stuff as well).
 
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Article: Backup Solutions For Your Mac or CustoMac

Mainly for 15k photos, 2k home videos, and 13k songs, here's what I do:

1- Time Machine runs on all four of my home "Macs", backing up to an Ivy Customac Mountain Lion OS X Server hard drive , which uses a different internal hard drive for its own TM plus an external eSATA drive as TM #2 destination.

2- Daily SuperDuper images on each client and server, backing up to a server hard drive.

3- CrashPlan Family Unlimited backing to CrashPlan's cloud, plus a local external eSATA drive attached to the server.

4- Weekly SuperDuper backups to an external drive which I keep in my car outside the house.

All this runs fast, smooth, and is tested.

Is there any reason or advantage to have an external hard drive as a time machine backup for clients?
I'm running ML server and have an extra internal hard drive I was going to use for clients.
 
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I used both SD and CCC never need to install the bootloader after backup. its there and backup drive boots. CCC seems to be faster
 
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Article: Backup Solutions For Your Mac or CustoMac

Is there any reason or advantage to have an external hard drive as a time machine backup for clients?
I'm running ML server and have an extra internal hard drive I was going to use for clients.

My clients are spread across 3 floors of the house. I like the external hard drive's portability in the, hopefully unlikley, event the server is down completely and I need to rebuild a client, or simply recover some files.
 
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