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Ask Max: Which backup drive would you recommend?

Asked on 05/27/2010:

I'm shopping for a back-up device for my iMac Core Duo. I understand the faster transfer speeds of firewire and would prefer this type.

The size of my backup is really small; Sibelius music notation files and corresponding PDF files for the instruments. In the last 9 months, I've only generated 3.74 GB of material, so a smaller (250GB or even 500GB) is perfect. I don't want to pay too much for this and have been checking various drives on Amazon, etc.

They all seem to have their pros and cons; LaCie, Western Digital, Seagate, Vebatim, etc. Do you have one you'd recommend?

You've helped me in the past, and I hope you can do it again. Thanks in advance...

- Bo


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="150" caption="LaCie 1TB Hard Drive"]LaCie 1TB Hard Drive[/caption]In general I will just end up getting a basic 1TB Lacie drive for my backup drives. I have one of these set as a TimeMachine Backup drive and another for making whole system clones of my computer that I keep off site.

But if you just want to backup small Data files that will total under 8GB per year, look at a LaCie USB itsakey drive.

This will store a years worth of your data and you can easily take it with you.

- Jacob

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