With my new Mac arriving in a week, I’m contemplating another hardware upgrade, and I’m curious to learn what others have done. Put simply, I hate listening to hard drives.
For my everyday bootable duplicate (I have others too, along with Backblaze) and Time Machine backup (on separate partitions), I bought a 2 TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini case with a 5400-rpm drive years ago. It was reasonably quiet, but eventually its mechanism went belly up. I replaced it with a Seagate FireCuda Gaming 2.5-inch 2 TB drive, which is much louder and spins up and down more noticeably. First world problems, I know, but I’d really like to eliminate the noise.
For backing up the 1 TB internal SSD on the new iMac, I can use the external 1 TB Samsung T5 SSD that I’m currently booting from, so I’ll have a bootable duplicate that’s updated every night. No sound there.
And I have several hard drives that basically just have archival information on them and can stay turned off unless I need them. No unnecessary sound there.
But for Time Machine backups, I’m thinking about getting a 2 TB SSD and using that so I don’t have to keep listening to my current drive. That’s an easy solution, if a tad expensive.
What about other solutions? I could imagine a NAS in another room, although that would be more expensive and would likely require another UPS as well. Long ago, I had a Mac mini acting as a server and running Time Machine Server; that’s still conceivable but I gave up on it before because it was an annoying amount of work to manage. Anything else?