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  1. #1

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    Aug 24, 2010
    Mac Pro backup configuration
    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 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!

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Aug 24, 2010
    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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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    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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    Member Since
    Aug 24, 2010
    Thanks chscag. Going to install tonight!

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    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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