Allowing Us to Have Independent Time Machine drives

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Vahan

23 Feb, 2011 03:45 AM

Since Dolly Drive is still busy squashing bugs and initial backups seem never ending, can you allow us to backup to a local external independent from the cloud service? I treat online services as insurance incase, God forbid, California shakes my building to rubble and all my electronics go splat. If I pull my self out of the rubble, twice the man I used to be, I would be happy to know my computer is still alive in the clouds.

Until then, I would like to quickly backup to my external while my Dolly Drive finishes its backup, slowly but surely.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Travis Rivera on 23 Feb, 2011 02:29 PM

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    Vahan,

    Thank you for your interest in Dolly Drive.

    You might be interested in the "Clone Now" feature. The clone now feature allows to make a complete bootable clone of your internal HD to your external HD. God forbid, you have a hard drive failure you can plug in the external an run the computer off the external drive in till you get your internal HD replacement. Once you get the internal replacement you can than to a reverse clone from your external HD to your new internal HD . The local backup can with with you as well as cloud service for redundancy.

    regards,

  2. 2 Posted by Ribero on 26 Feb, 2011 11:28 AM

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    Not sure to understand your answer to Vahan so I reformulate with my own needs :

    please give a very simple answer I'm not a native english speaker.

    Is it possible to use TimeMachine on a fast local disk and have automagically an exact image of this TimeMachine disk backed up in DollyDrive ? (Yes/No)

    Why ? I need a damn-fast-every-hour-backup service with TimeMachine, even if not connected to internet and, when connected, I want to be sure to have an Archive of my Time Machine Disk on DollyDrive... So if my local drive fails, my offices burns, I will be able to restore my TimeMachine disk with DollyDrive or directly restore my computer with DollyDrive. The most important thing for me is fast local / secure remote (with full timemachine datas).

    Hope it's clear.

    Many thanks in advance for your answers.

    Regards,

    Rib.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Anthony Palermo on 01 Mar, 2011 02:23 AM

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    Rib.

    In version 1.0.1 We cannot perform simultaneously or differed a TM backup to cloud storage and local ext hard drive. At the moment the only option locally is to use the Clone button to make an exact copy of your hard drive to an ext drive. The clone copy is a fully bootable backup. We are in the process of wrapping up our development for 1.0.5 and have scheduled a 1.1 soon after that that allows for incremental updates to the clone process with scheduler. When that is ready uo will be able to schedule your local ext hard drive backups to happen when you wish. We are working on a feature that allows for also extending TM to local ext drive backups but that is scheduled for 1.5

  4. 4 Posted by Vahan on 03 Mar, 2011 09:18 AM

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    Let me rephrase what I meant. Backing up to Dolly takes a long time and yet it is like an insurance to me, if anything happens to my local drives, I can still fall back to Dolly. Because backups take a while with Dolly, I would depend on a local external for daily or hourly backups. However, for weekly or monthly backups, I would like to have that on Dolly's servers. I'm contempt with waiting since backing up with Dolly won't be that often.

    So the more often I backup, the closer I want my drive to be. The less frequent I backup, the more dependent I want my drive to be, even if it's far away, leading to slower data transfer. This is why I was suggesting a parallel backup service between a local and a Dolly drive.

    This is more of an issue with trading off between speed, dependency, and frequency. Not if I have a local drive to boot from.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Anthony Palermo on 03 Mar, 2011 06:57 PM

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    Time Machine is not capable to perform backups to different drive sets (Cloud or not) at the same time or at different time. The issues is that it cannot remember to go back and forth between sets. What we are doing is to use the Clone feature for your local backups. At the moment there is a limitation with the Clone backups because it is a one time pass. We are adding a feature that allows you to schedule your local backups and produce incremental s, just like Time Machine with the exception that you can also immediately backup the clone. We have a road map that includes the ability for different Time Machine sets but it will not be ready before 1.5

    Regards,

  6. 6 Posted by Ribero on 05 Mar, 2011 12:38 PM

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    Correct me if I'm wrong : the clone feature is always DD -> Local TM drive ?

    I understand that TM has some limitation that prevents it to manage multiple backup disk but I still do not understand if you will implement something like Local TM -> DD ?

    Due to the network condition (not always connected, too slow) having a local TM drive as primary backup and a copy/clone (whatever you call it) in the cloud is a must have from my point of view.

    Other point, just because it will takes ages to store the initial backup I cannot imagine to have no backup for weeks ! Sending my hard drive seems complex and risky and not secure at all. It may also cost me a lot for shipment (I live in Europe).

    May be you planed local backup then cloud copy/archive/clone in 1.x that what I'm looking for.

    By the way, thanks a lot for your answer and time for explaining us. It's very valuable and the sign if a very good customer services.

    Regards,

    Rib.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Travis Rivera on 06 Mar, 2011 03:40 PM

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    The clone now feature allows to make a complete bootable clone of your internal HD to your external HD( this feature is completely local ). For example, if you have a hard drive failure you can plug in the external an run the computer off the external drive in till you get your internal HD replacement. Once you get the internal replacement you can than to a reverse clone from your external HD to your new internal HD . The local backup can with with you as well as cloud service for redundancy. Remember that the external HD must be larger or equivalent in size to your internal HD . In the version it will reformat the drive before cloning the internal.

    We are setting up a new data center in europe which should help resolve some of the latency issue we have been seeing with your european customers. As for the seeding we are working out the details now. We will be announcing our new features through our various communication channels. We really appreciate your feed back & help in our efforts of improving our product.

    regards,

  8. 8 Posted by Vahan on 07 Mar, 2011 06:43 AM

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    Hey travis,

    Which firewire external do you recommend? It's hard to make a decision when every Amazon page has at least one person who's complaining of a driver meltdown.

    Thanks,
    V

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Travis Rivera on 07 Mar, 2011 01:54 PM

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    I would recommend any drive that is at least as big as your capacity of your internal drive and that has at least 7200 RPM's or higher. The higher the RPM's the better experience you will have while running the computer off the clone.

    regards,

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