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Inherit backup history????
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 20, 2020 04:25PM
New iMac arrived. Set up with Time Machine, etc. It's beautiful.

Should I inherit backup history from my old 3TB external Time Machine backup? Or should I purchase a new drive? If the later, does it really matter if the external is an SSD or a platter?

Thanks.



Asheville, NC Area
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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 20, 2020 04:36PM
How old? Probably should get a new drive for the sake of longevity, and drive type does not really matter but for backups the best value lies in platters.
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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 20, 2020 05:15PM
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mikebw
How old? Probably should get a new drive for the sake of longevity, and drive type does not really matter but for backups the best value lies in platters.

Backup is a 3 TB seagate platter probably about 7-8 years old. But that’s just a guess. Photos are on a newer 1 TB ssd storing 25000 pics and that drive is also backed up on the tm backup and iCloud and google photos



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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 20, 2020 05:25PM
“ 7-8 years old “

I’d go with a new drive then. HDD is fine for a backup drive; with Time Machine, the initial backup is generally the only time that a faster drive would make a difference.
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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 20, 2020 05:35PM
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btfc
“ 7-8 years old “

I’d go with a new drive then. HDD is fine for a backup drive; with Time Machine, the initial backup is generally the only time that a faster drive would make a difference.

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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 20, 2020 05:57PM
Seagate? WD? Phantom? Buffalo? Avolsion?



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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 20, 2020 06:46PM
I don't know. It's a valid argument to say your backup drive is old and you should get a new one.

On the other hand, it is a backup drive. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it fails you will know immediately and can replace it. While you have lost your backup, (theoretically) you should still have the original.



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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 20, 2020 07:23PM
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AllGold
I don't know. It's a valid argument to say your backup drive is old and you should get a new one.

On the other hand, it is a backup drive. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it fails you will know immediately and can replace it. While you have lost your backup, (theoretically) you should still have the original.

I like your way of thinking.



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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 20, 2020 07:39PM
Actually, when a Time Machine drive dies, it often does so silently. I teach people who depend on TM to routinely check the date and time of the last backup from the menu bar.
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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 20, 2020 07:42PM
Hmmm. TM tells me when a backup fails. I keep the TM icon in the menu bar.







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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 20, 2020 07:57PM
Yes, I always turn it on, but I have had several people that I support who did not notice the different icon. Sometimes their drive had failed, or the backup was (corrupted), or sometimes they’ve unplugged the drive somehow. Then I get called when their main drive is already having issues.



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Re: Inherit backup history????
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 20, 2020 08:22PM
Ok, moral of the story: Pay attention. grinning smiley



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