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Old 05-05-2009, 11:02 PM
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Cloning external hard drive to Drobo

I am new to Superduper. I have searched the forum but I cannot find a solution to my problem.

I have an external hard drive that keeps all my music and photos that is rapidly filling up. I want to keep all this data on a drobo and I am looking for a way to clone the drive to the Drobo. I would then use the Drobo to hold all past and future data so this would not be a backup. I am hoping that then I will be able to disconnect the old drive and itunes and iphoto will see the cloned Drobo instead and I will have expandable storage. Is superduper a good solution for this?

Would I simply choose to "backup-all files"? If I choose to erase the Drobo and then copy the files from the source drive, will this create a problem with the Drobo?

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Old 05-05-2009, 11:10 PM
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If you want to move your music, you'd generally set iTunes to use the Drobo as the Library and "Consolidate music library". iPhoto you'd just copy its library and open it...
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:07 AM
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I tried to consolidate the library but because some of the music is in the itunes folder and some is not, the process did not work and I was looking for another solution. If I could go back in time, I would definitely not have the music organized this way but I am left with the consequences and am looking for an easier solution than rebuilding the whole library.
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As long as the music is in iTunes itself, consolidation should work, Craig - did it give some kind of error?
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:26 AM
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How will you back up the Drobo?

Craig -- Once you have your music and photos on the Drobo, how will you back up the Drobo? Yes, you have data redundancy built into the Drobo but suppose there's a fire or someone steals it or there's a glitch that prevents you from accessing the drives in the Drobo? Will you use SuperDuper! to back up the Drobo to another Drobo, or to another drive?

I was once contemplating using a Drobo, but once I thought it through I then realized I still had to have a backup of what I was going to put on the Drobo and it just made more sense to use a single drive instead of a Drobo (and I keep that drive backed up with SuperDuper!).
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Entirely true, of course: any time a file is only in one place, even if that place is 'redundant', the file is vulnerable.
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