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Larger TM Drive Options?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 30, 2020 09:12AM
My 2TB Time Machine drives (2, which I alternate) have run out of room, so TM tells me it is deleting old backups. They are both off-the-shelf WD 'My Book' USB drives that I bought from Best Buy some years ago. They've been quite reliable.

Not sure if TM deleting old backups is a problem, but I'm thinking maybe larger drives would avoid this for a while. Any reason to get more than 4GB? I'm backing up 2TB Fusion drive plus maybe 1TB on a 4TB RAID.

BB online (pick up curbside—can't go in here) has WD My Books: 4TB $110, 6TB $132, 8TB $160. Amazon has them for 4TB $110, 6TB $130, 8TB $150. I would need two if I continue rotating.

Seagates are also available, but I've had too much trouble with them in the past. Other brands seem to be more expensive than WDs. I do notice on Amazon a higher percentage of 'failure' reviews than I would expect with WD.

Suggestions, thoughts welcome.

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Re: Larger TM Drive Options?
Posted by: clay
Date: April 30, 2020 09:28AM
Any of the brands are fine. They all have at least some warranty (usually 1 year), so you're covered if one fails within that time. I've been using Seagate and WD 8tb drives for the past 3-4 years and haven't had issues with any of them.

I see the 8tb drives on sale for $100 - $130 regularly. I haven't been watching prices in the past 1.5 months, but prior to that, these prices were a regular occurrence.

How much storage are you trying to backup? I'd say worry less about looking for a specific capacity, and just get the best bang for your buck deal you can find at the moment.

I saw this 2tb for under $50: [slickdeals.net]

I think I saw a 5tb portable for $100 a few days ago. Watch slick deals for sales, and just pick up whatever you see next.
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Re: Larger TM Drive Options?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 30, 2020 11:36AM
Look at your backup file and see how old the old the earliest backup is. My 2TB goes back nearly a year and I can live without a backup from that time. I am nore concerned about the last month.



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Re: Larger TM Drive Options?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: April 30, 2020 11:38AM
How old of backups do need?
If you just need to restore your Mac to where it was when you had problem (HDD failure etc.) or you deleted a recently changed file, maybe just let TM do its thing and delete old backups?

Steve
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