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    Jun 26, 2009
    Backup strategy for 2TB iMac
    Hi Guys,

    I get my 2TB imac next week and I want to look at the best way of backing it up.

    I need to mirror the 2TB boot drive but I would also like to be able to boot off the backup drive if needed.

    I have been looking at WD 4TB desktop which is made up of 2 x 2TB drives. Could I use one as a backup drive and the other as a staging area for files?

    Any opinions on the best way to backup my data would be much appreciated.


    Tom Mcguire

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    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2009
    OK, I know it is 2TB, not 2 GB but I couldn't see how to edit the title after I saved it.

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    Mar 17, 2009
    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    Yes, you could use 2TB for one purpose and 2TB for another if you were to get that WD drive.
    I would recommend a Time Machine backup for regular day-to-day backups.
    And a separate bootable backup either using SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Clone. Both free and easy to use.
    Note: neither of those are for temporarily holding files that you are using such as photos/videos from a project in progress. That would be a 3rd partition. You can partition that external drive as many times as needed using Disk Utility on your iMac. Really easy.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

    Reminder: Please include your Mac's specs. This will make it much easier for the other members to assist you.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Quote Originally Posted by torrit View Post
    OK, I know it is 2TB, not 2 GB but I couldn't see how to edit the title after I saved it.
    Edited for you. (Ask a moderator to edit the title.)

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    Mar 13, 2011
    2011 MacBook Air, i5 27" IMac, 2010 21.5" IMac, 2010 Mini, 2011 13" MBP, IPhone 4, Airport Extreme
    I use time machine to an external drive for local backups and Carbonite for offsite backups.

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    Jan 23, 2009
    Born in Scotland, Worked in Scotland then England, Now live in Wales
    Late 2015 5K 27-inch Retina iMac, 4GHz i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Flash Drive, macOS Sierra 10.12.6
    Likewise, I use TM as the hourly Back Up - essential to have TM no matter what else you do, in my view.

    I use SuperDuper! on to another EHD. In my case, I partition the EHD and my SSD goes onto one and my IHD onto the other.

    I also regularly backup crucial material onto a third EHD.

    I use Dropbox, not only as a sync between my two Macs, but also as an online storage.

    If you use Aperture at all, there is the option of backing your library onto a "Vault" which is just another EHD.

    If you care about what is in your Mac, you have to be a bit obsessive about backing up - just my opinion.


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