afternoon. i was wondering if anyone could offer up some advice on backing up, by this i dont mean to CD or DVD, i mean backing up using software (like retrospect) to another internal or external drive. im looking for responses from people who've had good/bad experiences with whatever type or means they have used. im currently working as a designer in a small print firm that currently has an an external firewire drive as its sole device for storing and saving all the work generated on the G4 mac i use. There are also a number of PC's-but that work is not backed up at all! There are back ups of work on Zip and CD, but as you can imagine, this strategy is time consuming and, well, a pain in the neck.
with the costs of IDE drives falling, it seems that now is a good time to look into the possibility of deploying a hard drive back up system, because i for one (my boss hadn't considered it) am becoming increasingly scared that one day the external disk will go tits up and take my job with it! (well, actually-i dont want to have to re-create 1000's of files, no one should have to do that!...well, maybe sometimes..)...so at present im thinking along these lines: 1) buy an internal drive and back up to that using CCC. 2) Buy an external firewire HD and back up to that using CCC or something like retrospect. 3) buy one of those maxtor one touch drives... (oh and using an Xserve is financially out of the question).
what i need to be able to do is back up every day, and ideally for this back up disk to then be stored off site, every day at the end of the day. of course this back up being portable could become a liability through it being dropped or left at home or some other type of human error...i would say at this stage somewhere in the region of 200gb would be ideal (with a view to going bigger). using the internet say .mac really doesn't sound like a good idea, as that aspect relinquishes control to another party, if their servers go down, or we get internet problems or the files become corrupted etc then we're knackered. And yes, i know that a HD is not perfect...!
we also dont have an "i.t" person here to help us decide on what to do, im as close as that comes, but my knowledge is based on pulling apart umpteen macs over the years and fixing and hacking them in one way/form or another.
the internal 20gb disk running Panther is at least 4-5 years old, which i believe will croak first-in some respects if it does, it won't be the end of the world, as all the important work/files are on the external drive. We have all original installers, but I'd just prefer to CCC everything to a back up so we could get up and running asap in the event of a disaster.
so if you have any actual experience with this and can point me in the right direction with good/bad stories/solutions i'd really appreciate the help. if anyone needs to know anything else, just ask.
ok thanks a lot!