My G5 PowerMac, boasting a 160GB hard disk, has only 20GB of space left after nearly 2.5 years of usage. It’s been going strong, but the fan can get noisy and I sometimes wonder what would happen if something blew.
Today at work, I discovered I only had a couple hundred MB of space left in my documents drive. It’s partly due to the partitioning, over which I have no control, the overall 40GB size and the fact that a good part of my work still involves multimedia.
But this has made me start to think about how to optimise my file space for both systems and set up a proper backup system for my Mac.
I have a 60GB iPod which I’m using to back up my Logic files. I would cry if I lost all my music productions because my Mac went kaputz. Everything else isn’t so important.
Most of my recent photos are in Flickr. Most of my videos are NOT in Youtube (yet!) but many are not worth uploading anyway. Some of my documents have been uploaded to Writely (now Google Docs). Most of my software is in boxes and the ones that were in download-only version have been backed up on discs.
I might be in a spot with Macromedia Studio and Microsoft Office though, because they require product activation and it will be tricky re-installing them on a new system when the software manufacturers think you still have an active licence on another computer. Darn, the same probably goes with my recently acquired Adobe Photoshop licence.
So I’m considering getting a system that can back up my hard disk with the push of a button. Something easy to use, so that I will actually use it! The Seagate models look good. Anyone know other good brands? Any tips on backing up hard disks (especially for Macs)?