1. MrMars's Avatar
    Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced external hard drive that operates wirelessly?
    01-01-2018 06:48 PM
  2. firedept10's Avatar
    Not sure how knowledgeable you are about external drives and not trying to insult you by my response.

    Reasonably priced and wireless drive really don't go together. I would not go with anything less than Apple's 2TB Airport Time Capsule $299US. But if you're going to spend that kind of money you may as well go with a NAS. A NAS gives you a lot more features and you can find a really good one like a QNAP 2 Bay with 2x4TB drives for around $500. Believe me the extra money is worth the added security of your backups if you run the two drives in a RAID 1 configuration. Which means that one drive mirrors the other drive. So if one fails you don't lose all your data.

    I would be more concerned with dependability over price. I have two wired external drives and a NAS for my backups. The reason I have wired backups as well is so I can clone my iMac drive and use it as if it were my internal drive should the internal drive in my iMac fail. Seriously think dependability. Reasonably priced drives fail. I have seen it many times and have had the experience once myself. Hope I didn't insult you and my info will help you. Thanks.
    01-01-2018 07:52 PM
  3. MrMars's Avatar
    Not sure how knowledgeable you are about external drives and not trying to insult you by my response.

    Reasonably priced and wireless drive really don't go together. I would not go with anything less than Apple's 2TB Airport Time Capsule $299US. But if you're going to spend that kind of money you may as well go with a NAS. A NAS gives you a lot more features and you can find a really good one like a QNAP 2 Bay with 2x4TB drives for around $500. Believe me the extra money is worth the added security of your backups if you run the two drives in a RAID 1 configuration. Which means that one drive mirrors the other drive. So if one fails you don't lose all your data.

    I would be more concerned with dependability over price. I have two wired external drives and a NAS for my backups. The reason I have wired backups as well is so I can clone my iMac drive and use it as if it were my internal drive should the internal drive in my iMac fail. Seriously think dependability. Reasonably priced drives fail. I have seen it many times and have had the experience once myself. Hope I didn't insult you and my info will help you. Thanks.
    Not insulted in the least and appreciate the info. I’m really not sure I even need a back up. I don’t really store anything important on computer. Music is Apple Music, pictures are all on Amazon Prime photos and I don’t really store any important documents on the computer either.
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    01-01-2018 08:02 PM
  4. firedept10's Avatar
    Not insulted in the least and appreciate the info. I’m really not sure I even need a back up. I don’t really store anything important on computer. Music is Apple Music, pictures are all on Amazon Prime photos and I don’t really store any important documents on the computer either.
    Then why not just use iCloud. Probably the cheapest approach. For $0.99/mth you get 50GB storage. iCloud price tiers are pretty reasonable.
    01-01-2018 08:13 PM
  5. MrMars's Avatar
    Then why not just use iCloud. Probably the cheapest approach. For $0.99/mth you get 50GB storage. iCloud price tiers are pretty reasonable.
    I do currently do that exact suggestion. Just didn’t know if I needed something for the computer operating system.
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    01-01-2018 08:15 PM
  6. firedept10's Avatar
    I do currently do that exact suggestion. Just didn’t know if I needed something for the computer operating system.
    If you were worried about the OS I suggest using Carbon Copy Cloner. The program will make an exact clone of your drive which can be used in case of failure of your internal drive. It can be cloned to any cheaper external drive. A cloud backup will not copy your OS or programs. It only copies your data. You can use CCC for free for 30 days and see if you like it.
    01-01-2018 09:38 PM
  7. MrMars's Avatar
    If you were worried about the OS I suggest using Carbon Copy Cloner. The program will make an exact clone of your drive which can be used in case of failure of your internal drive. It can be cloned to any cheaper external drive. A cloud backup will not copy your OS or programs. It only copies your data. You can use CCC for free for 30 days and see if you like it.
    That sounds good. I’ll check that out. Thanks so much!
    firedept10 likes this.
    01-01-2018 09:40 PM
  8. firedept10's Avatar
    You're welcome and a Happy New Year to you.
    01-01-2018 09:44 PM
  9. MrMars's Avatar
    You're welcome and a Happy New Year to you.
    Same to you! One last question. Are all aftermarket ext HD’s compatible with MAC’s? If it’s going to sit on my desk I’d like to match the look of my iMac if possible. Also, what about the time machine feature included on the iMac?
    Last edited by MrMars; 01-01-2018 at 10:07 PM.
    01-01-2018 09:48 PM
  10. firedept10's Avatar
    All are pretty much compatible. If not you just format it properly and away you go. Easy to format and programs like CCC will do it for you. If you want something that blends in perfect check out G-Tech Drives. They look like Apple made them but they didn't. LaCie also make drives that will match your iMac. I've posted a pic of my G-Tech next to my iMac for you to see.
    Wireless back up hard drive for iMac-2018-01-01-21.00.14.jpg
    Wireless back up hard drive for iMac-gtech.jpg
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    01-01-2018 10:14 PM
  11. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    There's also Time Machine, that's already part of the MacOS. This will back up your internal hard drive to an image that can be restored if your internal hard drive fails. I used it to back up my iMac, then swapped out the IDE drive for an SSD, rebooted the iMac from my external drive and restored the last backup. Worked pretty good.
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    01-03-2018 04:00 PM

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