Can I add an external hard drive to a server?

Starting at $10 per month per drive, you can rent up to two dedicated 2.5” external 1TB (1,000GB), 2TB, or 4TB USB 3.0 bus-powered hard drives for your Mac. With an external drive attached, you can have a simple, robust backup, and/or expanded capacity solution. You can partition the external 2.5″ drive(s) as you like via the operating system on your server.

Backup

We recommend making one partition the same size as the internal drive in your Mac and then have it clone each night using either the included macOS1 Time Machine backup tools, or a third party tool like SuperDuper which allows you to boot from the external drive right away in the event of a disaster on your internal drive. The remaining space can be used as a secondary partition to use as you desire.

Colocation

We can also colocate your own external hard drive as long as it fits size and power requirements. Colocated 2.5" external hard drives can have usb or thunderbolt connectivity and must be bus-powered.

Limits

You are limited to a maximum of two 2.5" external hard drives per hosted Mac due to space restrictions.

1. macOS may be interchangeable with OS X, the name used for previous versions of Apple's Mac operating system.

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