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Anyone got a good back up routine?

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by lula, May 13, 2010.

  1. lula

    lula Senior Member

    Mine's a bit hit and miss: I back up onto a memory stick with anything new every day, then put all that on a dvd when the stick is full, and put my whole work folder (ie not home crap) onto a dvd every few months as well. But I know there must be a better, more streamlined way... ideally that doesn't involve buying anything eg an external drive. I'm just looking for a nice, tried and tested routine! Any ideas?:confused:
  2. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    Hi Lula,

    I know you said without an external hard drive,is that a cost thing? they're pretty cheap at the moment. Your DVD route is tried and tested though if you catalogue it all as you goso you can find stuff.

    We run 'get backup2' on our macs which does it all for you

    Get Backup — Free Backup Software For Your Mac

    which seems to work OK.

  3. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Time Machine?
  4. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    a TARDIS per chance?

  5. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Now yer talking...

    Back on topic, external HD and Mac Time Machine. Burning dvds at regular intervals is also recommended. I have dual externals backing up stuff in case one fails. They can and do.
  6. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Lula,

    I know you said without buying an external hard drive, but from my experience that's been the best way! and given the price drops of external drives it's not too expensive. I have a Seagate FreeAgent Pro that comes with a backup utility that runs automatically and finds any new or modified files from specified directories/folders, and backs it up, they also have an online facility, but I've not bothered with that yet.

    Sounds like it might save you some time/hassle of constantly transferring files and burning DVDs? If you was worried about the external HD going wrong you could always take a DVD backup of that drive every so often? Although you could end up in a vicious cycle of backing up the backup of the backup :)

  7. lula

    lula Senior Member

    Thanks for those suggestions guys. I will investigate them all!
    PS Just come back from school run to find that the DVD I left burning has been rudely spat out unfinished. Pah.
  8. Greg

    Greg Active Member

  9. lula

    lula Senior Member

    I'm a Mac (as they say).
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Why don't you use Time Machine then? Or are you still one Tiger (10.4) perhaps?

    And I love your signature quote :p
  11. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    I bought a 500gb external, and got sent 2 by accident! Woooo!

    I wouldnt say I have a routine, I just do it whenever I remember. Usually atleast once a week, I plug everything in, camera first, then hard drive(master) one and then number 2(duplicate).

    And yes I have had the horror story because I didn't back a project up and had to do all the work again!
  12. lula

    lula Senior Member

    10.4.11 actually (I know, I know, get up to date Grandma...)

    I'm not sure if that camel thing is a real saying or my dad made it up! Funny though, and very true in my experience!!
  13. I back up every week my work laptop and my home laptop, both using timemachine and copying my work files to an external 500gb pen drive. Keeps my work safe for me :)
  14. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    we dont use time machine in the studio I work in as it would make the machines run too slowly. instead we have a great piece of software (its free i think) called carbon copy cloner. its ded easy to use, and once you install it you tell it where your external hard drive is, what time every day you would like to back up (mine is set to 11pm) and then it does it automatically every night. you can even get it to back up to multiple externals if you are really paranoid!
  15. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Levi gets my back up.

    Right Tim?

    Can you hear me Tim?

    Where are you Tim...?

  16. I think Timbo is back in the US again :confused:

    either that or has got a girlfriend now and doesn't have time for us :(
  17. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Timo, girlfriend...? nnnaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    iGirl mybe....USB love machine.
  18. :lol: iGirl :lol: now thats plug n play :lol:
  19. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    As long as he wipes his hard drive when he's done inputting.....

    ....I'll get my coat.
  20. you have a coat?? I thought you just wore a burlap sack :p :lol:

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