1. phreddyl's Avatar
    Ok so this morning my hard drive went on my MacBook Pro. Very frustrating day. Apple was great and gave me a new hard drive free in under 2 hours. It was relatively new and nothing really stored on it that I'm crushed about. But that got me thinking about my iMac and how that isn't backed up. So now to my question. I am looking for a easy way to back up with time machine. Time capsule looks cool but I really don't need the wifi part ( unless I am missing something ) what other back up drives are people using. Thanks in advance. My brain is fried today so please excuse my ramble.
    06-15-2014 06:15 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Any external drive will do. USB if you want cheaper, thunderbolt if you want faster. Western Digital and Seagate are usually reliable brands.
    06-15-2014 06:22 PM
  3. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    You can't go wrong with Western Digital drives, I've been using them for years and not one has went out on me. I haven't tried a time capsule myself but I believe the wireless is for wireless backups, so it doesn't need to be connected via a cable. I think they also offer a 2 in 1 time capsule with a router built in as well. I'm actually probably gonna pick up a time capsule as my next drive.
    06-15-2014 06:23 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    A Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme router with a built in hard drive for Time Machine backups.
    06-15-2014 06:27 PM
  5. phreddyl's Avatar
    A Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme router with a built in hard drive for Time Machine backups.
    If I already have a wifi router through uverse how will it help me?
    06-15-2014 06:45 PM
  6. phreddyl's Avatar
    Ok stupid question. This one says works with air but assuming works with iMac as well. http://store.westerndigital.com/stor...oryID.63791700
    06-15-2014 06:53 PM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Any external drive is fine. Even if it says Windows. All that happens in that case is Time Machine automatically reformats it to a Mac format.
    06-15-2014 07:12 PM
  8. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    If I already have a wifi router through uverse how will it help me?
    It won't unless you want/need to replace your existing router.
    Any external drive can serve as a drive to use with Time Machine where you plug it in directly via USB or thunderbolt to the Mac. A Time Capsule just adds the convenience of wifi backups which doesn't really matter with something like an iMac.
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    06-15-2014 07:15 PM
  9. phreddyl's Avatar
    It won't unless you want/need to replace your existing router.
    Any external drive can serve as a drive to use with Time Machine where you plug it in directly via USB or thunderbolt to the Mac. A Time Capsule just adds the convenience of wifi backups which doesn't really matter with something like an iMac.
    Awesome thanks. What do you think of the one I posted in the thread?
    06-15-2014 07:19 PM
  10. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Awesome thanks. What do you think of the one I posted in the thread?
    There's nothing wrong with that one especially if you want one small and portable. External drive come in two general styles: portable and desktop. Desktop ones are bigger (not necessarily in GB just physicals size) and often use desktop hard drives which are cheaper than the laptop hard drives used in the portable ones. Desktop ones also often require their own power source rather than being powered off the USB port like the portable ones.
    However shop around. That price is a bit high. A quick check on Newegg shows 1TB portable style Western Digital drives as low as $78. Don't worry about a drive saying it is for Windows because when setting up Time Machine it will reformat the drive anyway.
    06-15-2014 07:26 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I take that back. There's one even cheaper for $70.
    http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=FyQndaMW
    06-15-2014 07:31 PM
  12. phreddyl's Avatar
    There's nothing wrong with that one especially if you want one small and portable. External drive come in two general styles: portable and desktop. Desktop ones are bigger (not necessarily in GB just physicals size) and often use desktop hard drives which are cheaper than the laptop hard drives used in the portable ones. Desktop ones also often require their own power source rather than being powered off the USB port like the portable ones.
    However shop around. That price is a bit high. A quick check on Newegg shows 1TB portable style Western Digital drives as low as $78. Don't worry about a drive saying it is for Windows because when setting up Time Machine it will reformat the drive anyway.
    I found that one on amazon for $119. I also found this one if I want to go desktop
    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Hard-Driv...mUvbUpU2276380.
    Thoughts? Thanks again
    06-15-2014 07:43 PM
  13. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I found that one on amazon for $119. I also found this one if I want to go desktop
    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Hard-Driv...mUvbUpU2276387.
    Thoughts? Thanks again
    That one would be fine if you're more comfortable with Amazon. I've ordered lots of stuff from Newegg over the years though. Any Western Digital drive is usually good.
    06-15-2014 07:53 PM
  14. phreddyl's Avatar
    That one would be fine if you're more comfortable with Amazon. I've ordered lots of stuff from Newegg over the years though. Any Western Digital drive is usually good.
    Think I am better with desktop or portable? With the desktop do I just leave it plugged in and it does it automatically?
    06-15-2014 07:56 PM
  15. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Think I am better with desktop or portable? With the desktop do I just leave it plugged in and it does it automatically?
    With either type you can just leave it attached via USB to the iMac and it will backup automatically every hour. If you unplug it, it will recognize the drive when you plug it back in and start a backup automatically.
    Which type you want is mostly preference and if you plan to travel with it. Historically desktop hard drives are a bit more reliable than laptop hard drives, but I don't k or if that's still true or not and I've never had either fail for me. Like any hard drive or mechanical device, they can fail, obviously.
    06-15-2014 08:02 PM
  16. phreddyl's Avatar
    With either type you can just leave it attached via USB to the iMac and it will backup automatically every hour. If you unplug it, it will recognize the drive when you plug it back in and start a backup automatically.
    Which type you want is mostly preference and if you plan to travel with it. Historically desktop hard drives are a bit more reliable than laptop hard drives, but I don't k or if that's still true or not and I've never had either fail for me. Like any hard drive or mechanical device, they can fail, obviously.
    Thanks so much for your help!
    06-15-2014 08:09 PM
  17. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Thanks so much for your help!
    Np
    06-15-2014 08:11 PM
  18. phreddyl's Avatar
    On my imac I have two profiles. One for me and one fir my husband. Does it back up both? I assume I will know once I set up the time machine
    06-15-2014 08:21 PM
  19. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Time Machine pretty much backs up everything including OS and apps as well as the user directories. You can exclude files or directories in the options though.
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    06-15-2014 09:25 PM
  20. lee_michael_f92's Avatar
    I have a 1 TB iOmega eGo 3.0 portable hard drive. How much space do you guys think I should partition for my back ups? 500gb? 200gb? Less? More?


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    06-24-2014 11:05 AM
  21. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I have a 1 TB iOmega eGo 3.0 portable hard drive. How much space do you guys think I should partition for my back ups? 500gb? 200gb? Less? More?


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    2X the size of the hard drive you are backing up.
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    06-24-2014 11:59 AM
  22. lee_michael_f92's Avatar
    2X the size of the hard drive you are backing up.
    Thank you!


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    06-24-2014 04:32 PM

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