As mentioned in previous posts I’ve been having recurring issues with Apple’s Time Machine backup software over the years. The latest issue proved to be the final straw. The internal drive in my iMac crashed, the local Apple dealer replaced it with a new drive and also did me the “favor” of installing Snow Leopard on it. I then restored my previously saved files using Time Machine, when prompted to by Setup Assistant.
Time Machine never worked right after that. It would typically try to back up tens of thousands of files every single time, often taking more than a half hour, which resulted in Time Machine being active more than 50% of the time, and that just doesn’t work. There are too many things that can go wrong when Time Machine is running—having it run more than half of the time is just asking for trouble. I tried and tried to get this fixed, going through every damned solution on pondini.org, including reinstalling Snow Leopard myself, and NOTHING worked.
So now I’m going to give up. Arrived via FedEx today is a brand new Synology DS1513+, with four 4-terabyte hard drives loaded into it. The setup routine recommends having a complete backup prior to proceeding, so I am doing one last Time Machine backup prior to formatting those four drives into a RAID array which will then be used to back up this system. 12 terabytes of space ought to be enough to last me for a while, but if I run short I can always add another drive to the array and bring it up to 16. WΩΩt!
Getting the thing put together and hooked up was pretty easy. My only complaint is that the little fastening bars on the side of each disk slider doohickey are made of plastic, which suggests a high likelihood of breakage over the long-term. It also seems that the locking procedure for the individual slider doohickeys are not quite idiot-proof, although once you figure out what can go wrong it’s easy enough to avoid (i.e., it’s the sort of mistake that can only be made once).
Anyway. Time Machine is about halfway through what’s recently been roughly a 20-minute process. I’ve been keeping it turned off most of the time and just running one backup manually each evening. Moving forward I’ll be using Carbon Copy Cloner to handle the backups onto the array. Who knows if I’ll run into any issues. Hopefully this will work out ok.
One question that pops into my mind…am I going to get to name the volume? If so, I’m leaning towards “Utopia”. Then again, that sort of optimism may be tempting fate. Maybe I’d be better off with a nice, pessimistic name like “Purgatory.” ;)