Planned backup solution

Started Mar 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
JulesJ Forum Pro • Posts: 44,873
Re: Planned backup solution

I don't know if my method is that good but here's the system I seem to have got into doing. I have two 2TB G-Tech drives daisy chaned to my Mac ( which means they only use up one socket on the Mac). One I use solely for TM. I retouch for my work and work through folders of Raw images as they are done and they get printed or burned to disc depending onwhat he client requires. As each folder of work is completed I copy the finished files to me second drive. This way the first always has an hourly backup and the second is my archive of finished work. There is also another copy of every original untouched image burned to DVD immediately after the shoot.

When one of these externals fills up, I buy another and stick the full one on a shelf  for when it might be required.


amipal wrote:

After upgrading the main disk in my Mac Mini to a 320Gb hard drive, I also picked up an external USB Iomega disk of similar size. This was setup as a Time Machine disk to backup the system folders, but partitions to give me a Storage partition for my RAW files.

However, I have now reached the point where Time Machine is unable to back up due to not being big enough... In addition, none of my RAW files are currently backed up. So here's the plan:

  1. Purchase external dual-drive enclosure with RAID support, and fit 2 x 3Tb hard drives. One disk will store the RAW files, the other will be setup as a mirror of the first.
  2. Move RAW files from Storage partition to RAID drive using Lightroom (to retain metadata/developer settings).
  3. Repartition Iomage disk to be a single Time Machine partition.

This should mean that I have the RAW files being backed up to the mirror disk, and the main system disk being incrementally backed up by Time Machine.

Does anyone see any issues with this setup before I take the plunge?


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