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What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:08 pm

Hi guys!

Perhaps I can only get two out of three wants, but I'll ask anyway :)

What's the best, fastest, and least expensive way to backup my MBP?

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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:03 pm

Time Machine is an app that's already on your computer. Get a 4TB or 8TB external drive, format it to Mac APFS, name it Backup, activate Time Machine, point it to Backup and you're set.
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:29 am

Thanks fuzzfilth!

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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:42 am

PS

How often should I set up the Time Machine to backup?

Automatically, once a hour/day/week/month/etc.?


Also, will Time Machine backup EVERYTHING on my computer, ESPECIALLY all my Logic Projects/Folders?
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:50 am

You don't have to. TM is managing everything in the background, doing hourly backups for current stuff, daily backups of older stuff and weekly backups of yet older stuff, without piling up the same file versions over and over. It's a very clever way to give better access to recent files in situations where you accidentally saved over a better version from two hours ago while still keeping the data size manageable.

TM backs up everything by default. You can exclude certain folders and files if you want. For instance, some email programs handle all messages in one big file on disk and there's little point in repeatedly backing up a 4GB+ file just because you deleted one spam message or wrote a happy birthday to your niece, so you would exclude this big file from the TM backup.
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Thu Oct 21, 2021 4:20 pm

Is there any advantage/disadvantage of backing up my MBP to an external hd vs TM?

Or is there any advantage/disadvantage of backing up my MBP to TM vs an external hd? :)
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Thu Oct 21, 2021 5:17 pm

jerrydpi wrote:
Is there any advantage/disadvantage of backing up my MBP to an external hd vs TM?

Or is there any advantage/disadvantage of backing up my MBP to TM vs an external hd? :)


huh? time machine requires an external drive; and it's a deep backup, ie files you wouldn't normally just copy to an external (for example, it backs up your mail). if you want to do this right, fuzzfilth has already explained it...
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:48 am

Duh! :) :) :)

Thanks to ALL!

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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Sat Oct 23, 2021 3:53 pm

I've cloned my main system drive and my external virtual instrument plugins drive. Next to this, I back my new songs up daily to yet another external drive
 
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:09 pm

Time Machine will backup external drives as well as the internal drive
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Sat Oct 30, 2021 8:45 am

inthemix69 wrote:
I've cloned my main system drive and my external virtual instrument plugins drive. Next to this, I back my new songs up daily to yet another external drive


I recommend backing up the project files to a separate disk as well. I don't keep an external drive connected to my Mac at all times, so I backup with Time Machine once per week. However, I backup my project files to an external disk after each session. I'm not saying this is the best method; letting Time Machine keep the hard disk backed up more frequently is certainly safer. I would hate to lose a recording or mixing session, and that is why I backup after each session to an external disk dedicated to my music project files.
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Sat Oct 30, 2021 3:12 pm

SideBMusic wrote:
inthemix69 wrote:
I've cloned my main system drive and my external virtual instrument plugins drive. Next to this, I back my new songs up daily to yet another external drive


I recommend backing up the project files to a separate disk as well. I don't keep an external drive connected to my Mac at all times, so I backup with Time Machine once per week. However, I backup my project files to an external disk after each session. I'm not saying this is the best method; letting Time Machine keep the hard disk backed up more frequently is certainly safer. I would hate to lose a recording or mixing session, and that is why I backup after each session to an external disk dedicated to my music project files.


if you're backing up to an external disk, what's the gain, exactly? since time machine backs up to... an external disk. just trying to grasp the idea. plugging in your time machine drive, or a different drive; you still need to plug in a drive....
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Tue Nov 09, 2021 10:41 am

Jumping in...

Since I'm upgrading my whole system as I now have an M1, I'm looking at my backup plan too. About TM, a simple question... If it's always on, doing its job in the background, isn't there an issue, to some degree, with that interfering with running a session in Logic since it must be using some resources to do its thing?
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Tue Nov 09, 2021 2:40 pm

No. If the drive is busy, TM pauses.
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Re: What is the best way to backup my Mac?

Tue Nov 09, 2021 2:55 pm

Oh, I see. Thanks, Fuzz.
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