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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

The last external hard drive I'll ever need?

LaCie 2big Network (2-disk RAID) Today I pre-ordered a 1TB LaCie 2big Network (2-disk RAID) hard drive. Looks pretty beefy eh?

Why did I get this? Because it's time to get serious about backup. I currently have 3 external hard drives and none of them are big enough to backup everything. I also tend to use them as alternative storage rather than backup. I'm running out of space on my Linux box ... the list goes on. In reality, you can never have too much disk space can you?

I have a 250 GB Lacie d2 that I'm using on my MacBook Pro with Time Machine. I also have a Lacie Rugged that I use when I travel. I try to backup before I go to do major things - like a training class or speak a conference. That way, if my laptop dies, I can use someone else's Mac and be good to go. If there are no Macs, I keep all my materials in Subversion. Lastly, I have a 200 GB Maxtor that I use as a backup on my Windows box.

My ideal solution is 1) each machine has its own backup hard drive and 2) each machine can store files on a central server. I used to use Samba on Linux, but it seems easier to use my Airport Extreme and a big ol' drive like this Lacie. What's your setup and/or advice?

January 30, 2008 Update: Because of the feedback on my post, I never purchased this hard drive. I still need a back up solution and I'm thinking of using Apple's new Time Capsule. If it works with Windows and Linux - I'm sold.

Posted in General at Nov 06 2007, 03:17:07 PM MST 12 Comments
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Try http://www.drobo.com/ slower but more flexible... look at the demo

Posted by Patrick on November 06, 2007 at 04:48 PM MST #

Jungle Disk

Then write it all off as a business expense

Posted by CMH on November 06, 2007 at 04:56 PM MST #

Costco has the Western digital portable 250 gig drive for $139. Comes with the softcase and doesn't need power or a usb Y cable with a MacBook Pro. I think that 1TB drive is 2 500gig drives in Raid 1. So, I'm not too sure that 500 Gigs is the last drive you'll ever need. :) Western Digital has announced they will hit 3 TB 3.5" drives in 2010, and Hitachi will hit 4TB in 2011. (Both also said expect laptop drives to remain at 1/3 the capacity of desktop drives). So when your desktop rig is packing 4TB and your laptop has 1TB, a 500GB backup drive won't seem too spacious.

Posted by Ted Bergeron on November 06, 2007 at 05:06 PM MST #

Support for using Time Machine with an AirPort was pulled from Leopard: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/10/31/briefly_apple_still_working_on_time_machines_airport_disk_support.html -rh

Posted by Richard Harms on November 06, 2007 at 05:17 PM MST #

I use crashplan (http://www.crashplan.com/) which allows me to cross backup all my machines to each other. I also have a network of friends around the world who run crashplan and we all backup to each others machines. The backups are encrypted and insure that if Denver is under water my data can be retrieved from any of the sources I have pushed my data to. I also keep an offsite super duper (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html). I also use jungledisk (http://www.jungledisk.com/) on several boxes to backup to the Amazon network. Crashplan is due out with a version that can push to amazon as well and since they support mac, Pc and linux I use that solution. It also means I don't need to pay for storage as it is a peer to peer network between friends. As you noted most of my real work is in SVN at either Apache, Codehaus, Sourceforge or Eclipse and even some at Appfuse.

Posted by Scott Ryan on November 06, 2007 at 09:25 PM MST #

I also recommend Crashplan. It's as automatic as it can get and has an impressive set of functionality, including versioning and parallel restore. It's cheap too.

Posted by Sakke Wiik on November 07, 2007 at 02:15 AM MST #

"Because it's time to get serious about backup", i've been thinking about it for month, but i've still have done nothing about it :) ! For the software itself, i was considering to use rsync, ...

Posted by Romain PELISSE on November 07, 2007 at 04:19 AM MST #

My advice? Don't forget to back up the backup drive, especially if you find yourself using it as an archive drive instead of, or as well as, a backup drive. External drives go south too, so if there's anything on that big drive that isn't also on another machine, it needs its own backup. And yes, I'm speaking from personal experience here...

Posted by Martin Cooper on November 07, 2007 at 01:39 PM MST #

i bought 33 bucks 4GB usb drive.
So i used that drive for everything even i am using home laptop or office desktop.
So no more backups and "sync ups".
once a while i take disaster backup of usb to my home laptop and office desktop.. but i don't it everyday or automated way.
And syncing up hell is over for me. :)

Posted by ashish jain on November 20, 2007 at 10:26 AM MST #

January 30, 2008 Update: Because of the feedback on my post, I
never purchased this hard drive.

What kind of feedback? I'm asking because I have already ordered one...

Posted by Victor on March 12, 2008 at 04:29 PM MDT #

The main source of feedback was the "other options" that I saw. However, I'm going to buy a Time Capsule next week (2 actually) and use them in my home as well as my new office in Lodo (Denver).

Posted by Matt Raible on March 12, 2008 at 11:07 PM MDT #

Matt, thanks for your answer. Please keep us posted about your experience with Time Capsule.

Posted by Victor on March 14, 2008 at 04:03 PM MDT #

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