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Hi folks.

I have a Mac Pro 3,1 8-core. I boot from the following drive...

Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache

I recently bought this drive to use as an internal backup drive...

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 5400RPM 32MB Cache


My question is...how should I set up this 2TB drive as a backup? I know the various RAID settings are good for different applications...but I'm just looking for a standard backup system that is reliable. Doesn't need to be super fast (that's why I got the 5400RPM). Any advice is welcome! Thanks!
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Should this be in "Other hardware"???

Maybe I need to be more specific...

Which is best for my needs, FAT32, Journaled, RAID 0, other? This is just a back up drive. I just want to routinely back up my files.
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If it's just a backup drive and that's all you're going to use it for, format as HFS+ Journaled. That allows you to use Time Machine, SuperDuper, and Carbon Copy Cloner for backups and\or cloning.
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Thanks chscag. Going to install tonight!
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Suggest purchasing SuperDuper as it is much, much quicker than the free version and you can maintain it weekly using Smart Update which only takes a few minutes. Well worth the few dollars.
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