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Hi everyone...
This is my very first post.
I may seem a little paranoid for what i'm about to ask now.
But here's my situation:

First of all I use a mbp 15...
I don't store much of my data files on my mac because they are really big.
I have large amounts of precious files (From pictures to videos, music to documents...) and i keep them on a separate usb hard drive.
They are about 1Tb.

I kept wondering... if anything goes wrong with this usb hd, I will lose all of those files. So i bought another 1 TB usb hdd to backup all my files.
So whenever i have a new file to add to my archive, i do this copying stuff twice and now i am fed up with manually synchronising the 2 hd's.

Is there a solution to automatically backup a separate hd?
thanks already for all your replies...

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How about a backup of a backup of a backup?

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You must excuse Nick's quirky sense of humour . I'm just working through the issue of backing up what I consider important, from my eMac to an external firewire drive. From what I can see, the first attempt has been successful.

All that is by way of saying that it's a simple matter to backup valued material to more than one drive, but I don't think you can do it simultaneously. I use an application called iBackup, because I'm stuck in the Tiger time warp, but I simply schedule the day and time I want the job done - and it does it! My main problem is remembering to switch on the external hard drive!

If I wanted to backup my backup to another hard drive, I think I'd have to do it manually. It wouldn't be difficult or laborious if I had more than one external drive daisy-chained via firewire enclosures, it'd be a simple drag-and-drop operation.

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Thanks for the reply hughvane...
I will check on iBackup today.

I think I gave the wrong name to the thread btw...
(and causing some people to shine their Chandler Bing talents )

It shouldn't be "backing up a backup"
It should be "backing up data stored in an external hd"

because i only want to back up my files from one device to another.

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Check out SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner on Google.

If you have 10.5 or 10.6, have a look at Time Machine.

This might help as well .... Backups, Backups, Backups.

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McBie has hit the nail on the head. Either of those programs (CCC is cheaper) will do exactly what you want to do ... automatically even!
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Thanks for all the input...
I think I've found what I'm looking for with mcbie's suggestion.
I downloaded Carbon Copy Cloner and the interface looks like it's going to work just fine.
The reason why I didn't yet tried is, it only uses mac formatted drives. but my externals HD's are fat32. And I have to reformat the main HD first.
BTW... Before I begin doing this... Any chance for a CCC similar application that works with fat 32 also?
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