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bec143
2005-12-13, 20:40
So I use a Mac, and most of my music is on a laptop. Last year I had a laptop stolen, and had to rip everything again.

So what i sthe best way to back up music on a Mac? Is there an easy way to get iTunes to access an external harddrive, or should I just burn everything to DVDs?

BEC

Marshall Clow
2005-12-13, 20:47
>So I use a Mac, and most of my music is on a laptop. Last year I had a
>laptop stolen, and had to rip everything again.
>
>So what i sthe best way to back up music on a Mac? Is there an easy
>way to get iTunes to access an external harddrive, or should I just
>burn everything to DVDs?

I would burn everything to DVDs - it's not like the music is going to change.
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Phil Karn
2005-12-13, 21:08
Marshall Clow wrote:
>> So I use a Mac, and most of my music is on a laptop. Last year I had a
>> laptop stolen, and had to rip everything again.
>>
>> So what i sthe best way to back up music on a Mac? Is there an easy
>> way to get iTunes to access an external harddrive, or should I just
>> burn everything to DVDs?
>
> I would burn everything to DVDs - it's not like the music is going to
> change.

I recommend backing up to an external hard drive (or drives) rather than
(or at least in addition to) burning DVDs.

Hard drives have gotten really cheap. External drives are now less than
$1/GB, and some internal drives are below half that cost. But even more
important, hard drives are *much* roomier than DVDs so you don't have to
keep switching disks during your backup.

Writing to a hard drive is also *much* faster then writing to a DVD.
Combined, these two features of hard drives makes it much more likely
that you actually will spend the time to keep your backups complete and
up to date.

Also consider giving yourself some protection against drive failure with
RAID. My ripped CD collection sits on a RAID-5 array, and that is in
turn backed up on offline hard drives. We also keep the original CDs off
site, making them less of a target for burglars.

Phil