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Good backup software to multiple drives?
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Mar 20, 2014, 10:53 AM
 
I am looking to back up multiple hard drives (a Mac mini internal and two external drives in a 5-drive JBOD array). I would like to back each of these drives up to their own external hard drive, also in the JBOD array.

1. Mac Mini internal - backed up to JBOD HD #3
2. JBOD #1 - backed up to JBOD #4
3. JBOD #2 - backed up to JBOD #5

Formerly I had been backing all drives up to JBOD #3 using Time Machine, but now they have become too large for a single-drive backup. I messed around with Time Machine last night and I couldn't see that it would give me this sort of control over where each drive should back up. Am I missing something here, or will I require third-party software?
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Mar 24, 2014, 08:32 PM
 
Really? No one is backing up to more than one drive?
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Mar 25, 2014, 03:41 AM
 
I suspect the answer is that Time Machine can't do that.
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Mar 25, 2014, 01:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
Really? No one is backing up to more than one drive?
I do, for each of my machines.
     
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Mar 25, 2014, 01:32 PM
 
Time Machine can backup the partition it is installed on to multiple drives, but as far as what you want to do you need to look into Carbon Copy Cloner.
     
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Mar 25, 2014, 02:43 PM
 
I have had good luck so far with software called Syncronize! Pro X to not only simultaneously backup multiple drives/folders to a NAS, it also syncs my active jobs to the same NAS. It is very customizable and can run multiple scenarios to and from different drives.
     
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Mar 26, 2014, 01:06 AM
 
I use SuperDuper.
     
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Mar 26, 2014, 01:38 PM
 
Thanks guys, I will look at each of those programs. Many thanks
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Apr 7, 2014, 05:11 AM
 
Time machine can create backup of multiple volumes. If you dont want a volume to be backed up you can exclude that. But can not backedup multiple hard drives. If you are thinking to use a third party software then there are many softwares and utilities available like carbon copy cloner, stellar drive clone, Clonezilla, Acronis Backup & Recovery, Genie Backup Manager, (for windows) ShadowCopy V2.02 etc.
     
   
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