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    I'm curious what everyone is doing these days to back up their important files. It's a different world out there with some external drives running under a nickle a MB and complete offsite backup solutions available over the internet. With people storing digital photos and videos, many of us have mountains of data. So what's everyone around here doing?

    Personally, I use redundant USB drives and mainstream backup software like Norton Ghost. The whole saving to the cloud thing makes me nervous. I don't really like the idea of my data in someone else's pocket, or trying to recover it via a limited bandwith internet connection. On the other hand, the idea of continuous offsite backup is nice--also being able to access files while on the road. USB drives are not a perfect solution either. I've had a couple failures, so I try to use two and alternate them.

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    2 TB external backup drive. I simply keep a copy of my laptop's 500 GB C drive and the 500 GB D drive on it at all times. Only backing up once a month right now as I'm not really having a need for "important data" to be stored.

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    Time Machine using both a Time Capsule for daily backups and a 2TB usb drive for monthly backups kept in the safe.
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    Rsync. I love my macs, but time machine eats ass.
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    My important files are my photos. I scrapbook so my pictures are my babies. With close to 10,000 digital photos, I use an external HD and then I back them up online at scrapbookpictures.com. One order a year from them guarantees my storage. If I ever loose anything, then they offer a free backup service and will restore the photos for me.

    Other than that, everything else is stored on one of my 2 externals. I back up once a week.

    I do use time machine though on the Mac just to have it but if it 'eats ass' I guess I should look into something else?

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    Time machine works just fine. I've restored two upgraded hard drives from it flawlessly.
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    I have a laptop (MBA) and a desktop that both have data that need to be backed up. Desktop is backed up to an external drive using Time Machine, and MBA is backed up wirelessly with a Time Capsule and Time Machine. Additionally, since I often have to work on the same projects using both computers, the two computers are synced manually (daily) to make sure only the latest versions of folders/projects are on both computers.

    Overall, I like Time machine. It works in the background, and I don't ever have to worry about it. I've used it on a few occasions, and it's always come through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
    Rsync. I love my macs, but time machine eats ass.
    How do you use Rsync? Do you backup your data to another machine/device on your network? Or do you store it off-site via the internet?

    I have been considering using Rsync at work to mirror some common resources between servers at different offices that are connected via VPN. Have you had good experiences with Rsync?

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    So far, it looks like the Mac people are the ones most concerned with backing up thier data. Perhaps because Apple provides easy turnkey solutions in Time Machine and Time Capsule?

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    Before I made the switch to Apple and was using Windows I purchased a Buffalo Technologies LinkStation that came with a program call Memeo Backup. That program worked fine. The only thing that bothered me about it was that it was a real-time backup program so every time a file was changed or added it fired it off to the NAS and would bog down the machine. It was really noticeable when you did things like pull a lot of photos off a digital camera.

    I know I should start looking into backing up to the cloud but I am a bit nervous about putting all my info out there like that. Its just a matter of time before the hackers turn their sites on cloud storage. It's a virtual goldmine of information.
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