Best practices for OSX backup strategy?
April 9, 2014 10:57 AM Subscribe
After another data-loss scare, I'm trying to actually get a system in place for backing up a couple home computers.
posted by furnace.heart to Computers & Internet (20 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I thought my Hard drive shit the bed, but it was just a defective cable. It put the Fear™ into me (we had a pretty significant data loss a couple years ago too and ended up paying a stupid amount of money retrieving the data at a forensic recovery place…but we didn't have backed up copies of photos of our kids birth and stuff…worth every penny, but I'd like to avoid that bill again). Now that we have a kid, this kind of thing is a bit more valuable to the family, so I'm trying to get serious about it. So. Backups are good, and cheaper in the long run. Awesome.
As it stands, we have 2 computers; both macbooks of different eras, both refurbs. One is our media-box because the screen shit it's pants and it's out of waranty, and the other is our get-shit-done machine. We have another macbook waiting for a SSD and new battery to be used as a backup machine. I backup important folders every month or so, and keep work documents on an external HD. I only back-up the folders manually, I don't really care about OSX's settings or saving programs or system preferences or anything. This stuff would be nice to have backups of. I also have a small cache of work documents backed up on a free dropbox account. This is not enough to ease my mind. I oftentimes skip a month here and there.
My current plan is as follows*:
1. Continue to backup vital folders locally on an external HD each month.
3. Open a dedicated backup account with Crashplan or something similar (suggestions welcome!) for offsite backup.
3. Expand my drop box account to be able to cover my photos folder and have those live on the cloud.
4. By a time-capsule and let Apple's time machine do it's thing.
Does this sound like a pretty legit strategy? I'd really like my photos to live in two different places, and $100/year is pretty cheap insurance just to have those live on another company's servers.
1,2 and 3 are for certain. But the $300 dollar price tag on the smallest Time-Capsule is a little hard to swallow. I'm willing to pull the trigger, but I'm wondering if there's a cheaper option that is just as hands-off and just as reliable? I'm all for buying Apple products because they play so nice together, and they're well engineered…but honestly, for what it is, it still seems on the expensive side to me. Is there some amazing feature i'm missing here? Are there any alternatives out there?
*Oh, and I'm not willing to do the whole 'HD at work that gets swapped out every month' or something; I won't remember to do this. I'd rather pay another cloud service to do a double backup of my entire system for off-site needs. This is the kind of thing i'm trying to avoid entirely.