Backup USB Drives that are attached to a MAC Pro Desktop

Working with a photographer who has two PCs, a MAC Pro, and a MAC Book Pro.

The PCs are on a peer to peer network with other PCs.  We also have NetGear NAS units on the network.

He keeps 4 or more USB drives (each in the 1-5T capacity range) connected to the MAC Pro desktop.  

We are trying to find a program that will back up these USB drives on a schedule to the current or new NAS drives.

Unfortunately, I am a PC guy and not familiar with any MAC software that may be out there that could backup the USB drives.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Does he use time machine?  It comes with the MACOS.

I also suggest Crashplan by  Their free version can backup locally on a scheduled time period like TM.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
SuperDuper has been one of the top OS X backup utilities since the world began:

You'll want the paid version so you can setup a schedule.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
To do full device or drive clones on a schedule I'd recommend Carbon Copy Cloner  -

To do backups of subfolders and specific parts of Mac and external drives (plus the cloning capabilities of Carbon Copy Cloner) I'd recommend Chronosync -

Neither are FREE but are very well developed, solid and work well.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
My suggestion is a a combination of local and off-site/cloud backup.  Using these solutions, you get the best of all worlds.  The great thing about synching with iDrive is that as your photographer client wants to share his work with clients, iDrive would allow him/her to create web shares based on client names with passwords.  Check it out.

Install a QNAP NAS TS420 is the version I have.  It supports the time machine protocal and you can also create AFP file shares
QNAP also has a plugin that allows you to sync backups to a cloud backup solution.  You can consider this a backup to your backup and RAID redundancy.CLICK HERE to learn about iDrive

PS, there is no need for knowledge of the Mac OS or this NAS but the learning curve is also not that steep.
You can use Time Machine to the existing Netgear ReadyNAS, if it's got enough capacity for the USB drives.

It seems like there's already a whole mix of NAS and external disks that your user uses for data.  The ReadyNAS once went up to 6 disks, but they're now back down to mainly 4 disk units.  I suggest getting an all encompassing larger capacity, and faster, NAS storage unit for the entire office and get rid of the cheaper individual netgear ReadyNAS devices.  You can then consolidate everything to one unit.  If they wish to pay for additional cloud backup features, that's up to them, but it's a good idea to have backup.  There are other NAS devices that can handle 7-12 disks.  I would get one with RAID 6 capability.  If you want a NAS with more than 12 disks, you'll need to get a rack mounted unit and put it in an air conditioned closet to cool it down and dampen the noise.  The point of a NAS is to consolidate all the data.  Having multiple NAS units seems to defeat that purpose.

I would go with more disks if you need the space.

10 Disks

12 disks.

You can also go to the command line and schedule multiple rsync copies from the Mac and Robocopy from the Windows systems.  You could also install rsnapshot on both Windows and Mac to deduplicate data and save multiple daily snapshots.  It all depends on what the client wants to spend and how much they want to learn the technology.

Just remember that a RAID unit is not, by itself, a backup.  A backup is a duplicate copy of your data.  If the NAS RAID is a primary storage device, you will need to have another device or service to duplicate your data for backup.  Either get a 2nd NAS, or subscribe to cloud backup services.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
One thing to keep in mind, a NAS with RAID is not a backup but rather redundancy.  You still need to implement a backup solution to keep a copy of your data off site.

You need a solutions that will migrate and store your data away from your client's business.

Since you have a Synology device, depending on the version, check this out on how you can use iDrive for backup with your NAS.
Tomster2Author Commented:
Thank you everyone for the suggestions.

I will look into the various backup programs.

As far as consolidating to one large new NAS unit, that would be ideal but the budget issues also have to be considered.

I agree with the need to have on-site and off-site redundancy, but cloud storage of 18 T of data is also out of the park budget wise. The client is willing to take the risk of just on-site redundancy.  His decision.

We don't have a Synology device.  Have heard good things about them and if we have to add a device that is probably what we would bring into the mix.

Thanks again for the different suggestions and perspectives. Will split the points.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Just some additional food for thought.  

With all of that growing storage look at options like this for your client.  This will allow expansion and right off the bat go with 4TB drives with a hot spare in a RAID 5 configuration.  You'll get approx 20TB or raw diskspace.

The additional items are for storage expansion units.
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