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fisherking
Aug 9, 2012, 04:32 PM
i've been using synk pro to backup my mac since...forever. all i want is an identical mirror of my mac at any given moment; i don't need time machine's endless versions of files, etc. i take responsibility for this, i just want my mac mirrored. i use synk pro to do the same thing for two external drives.

this has all worked pretty well for years. but had a crisis with the app recently, and tech support has been sketchy about it.

so...can CCC, or superduper (for example) do this for me? mirror my mac drive, and several external drives? or is there another app to recommend?

thanx! :D



GGJstudios
Aug 9, 2012, 04:33 PM
Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) can make a bootable clone of any drive and maintain that clone with incremental backups. I use it for backing up all drives.

fisherking
Aug 9, 2012, 04:54 PM
Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) can make a bootable clone of any drive and maintain that clone with incremental backups. I use it for backing up all drives.

can it do mirroring? (ie it will add whatever i've added to my drive, and delete whatever i've deleted?)

i don't need bootable, as much as i just want nothing more that what's currently on my drives...

GGJstudios
Aug 9, 2012, 04:55 PM
can it do mirroring? (ie it will add whatever i've added to my drive, and delete whatever i've deleted?)
Yes, that's what incremental backups are. It only backs up changes made since the last backup.

dukebound85
Aug 9, 2012, 04:56 PM
Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) can make a bootable clone of any drive and maintain that clone with incremental backups. I use it for backing up all drives.

Are there any free methods? now that CCC went from free to like quite a bit

GGJstudios
Aug 9, 2012, 05:00 PM
Are there any free methods? now that CCC went from free to like quite a bit

Good question. I haven't checked SuperDuper! in a while. I don't recall if it's free or not. I also seem to recall SD had some limitations with regard to incremental backups, but I don't recall the details. I also don't know if SD handles the recovery partition, like CCC does. I usually try to find reliable free software for most applications, but CCC is one of the few apps worth buying, IMO. Of course, I'm still using the free version, which I think works fine with anything up to Lion. I think the pay version is only required for ML.

fisherking
Aug 9, 2012, 05:08 PM
Yes, that's what incremental backups are. It only backs up changes made since the last backup.

oops, sorry. guess it would help if i read your response before posting again.. will check CCC out...

Yester5
Aug 9, 2012, 05:11 PM
I use SuperDuper...works great:)

\-V-/
Aug 9, 2012, 05:14 PM
Been using CCC for years. It's all I can recommend. Yes it's no longer free and quite pricey, but it's worth it, imo.

dukebound85
Aug 9, 2012, 05:15 PM
Been using CCC for years. It's all I can recommend. Yes it's no longer free and quite pricey, but it's worth it, imo.

Is CCC at 40 worth more than superduper at 30?

\-V-/
Aug 9, 2012, 05:17 PM
Is CCC at 40 worth more than superduper at 30?

To me, yes. I've used both of them and either one will serve your purpose of mirroring, but I prefer CCC. I believe they both have trials. Give them both a go.

dukebound85
Aug 9, 2012, 05:19 PM
To me, yes. I've used both of them and either one will serve your purpose of mirroring, but I prefer CCC. I believe they both have trials. Give them both a go.

Ive used CCC for years. Great product and yea, worth it when I reflect what I have used it for. Just the sudden substantial price hike took me by surprise

I realize my current free version works now but always nice to be on a supported version

\-V-/
Aug 9, 2012, 05:19 PM
Ive used CCC for years. Great product and yea, worth it when I reflect what I have used it for. Just the sudden substantial price hike took me by surprise

I guess he wanted to make a living from it. :p Probably not enough people donating.

ZipZap
Aug 9, 2012, 05:32 PM
I use Chronosync to make syncs of my boot drive and mirror my file repository drive.

mrapplegate
Aug 9, 2012, 05:44 PM
I guess he wanted to make a living from it. :p Probably not enough people donating.

After leaving Apple he needed income :)

heisenberg123
Aug 9, 2012, 05:56 PM
another vote for CCC love that app

fisherking
Aug 9, 2012, 06:42 PM
CCC is great; simple, fast. thanx for the recommendations!

Weaselboy
Aug 9, 2012, 07:46 PM
Is CCC at 40 worth more than superduper at 30?

IMO yes... CCC handles cloning of Recovery HD partitions and SD does not. Also, CCC is much faster when doing partial disk clones.

Icy1007
Aug 9, 2012, 08:59 PM
Time Machine is the best backup software for Mac I've used. Lol

Krazy Bill
Aug 9, 2012, 09:30 PM
Time Machine is the best backup software for Mac I've used. LolYou're not too far off. Although it won't clone a disk image, there's been a few times when I've gone back a few weeks to recover a document/file.

fisherking
Aug 9, 2012, 09:56 PM
2 things: CCC is currently on sale for $29.96 (i just bought it).

time machine is good if you want to save every version of every thing.
all i want is a mirror of what i keep; if i delete something, i don't need it on an external drive.

this is obviously not a workable plan for everyone... :cool:

\-V-/
Aug 9, 2012, 09:57 PM
2 things: CCC is currently on sale for $29.96 (i just bought it).

time machine is good if you want to save every version of every thing.
all i want is a mirror of what i keep; if i delete something, i don't need it on an external drive.

this is obviously not a workable plan for everyone... :cool:

... and that's exactly what CCC will allow you to do. Glad you made the right choice. ;)

GGJstudios
Aug 9, 2012, 10:19 PM
time machine is good if you want to save every version of every thing.
CCC can do that, too.

fisherking
Aug 9, 2012, 10:35 PM
CCC can do that, too.

of course, but time machine INSISTS on doing that... :D

Icy1007
Aug 9, 2012, 11:01 PM
of course, but time machine INSISTS on doing that... :D

It also doesn't hurt that it's integrated into the OS.

vladster
Aug 10, 2012, 12:03 PM
i've been using synk pro to backup my mac since...forever. all i want is an identical mirror of my mac at any given moment; i don't need time machine's endless versions of files, etc. i take responsibility for this, i just want my mac mirrored. i use synk pro to do the same thing for two external drives.

this has all worked pretty well for years. but had a crisis with the app recently, and tech support has been sketchy about it.

so...can CCC, or superduper (for example) do this for me? mirror my mac drive, and several external drives? or is there another app to recommend?

thanx! :D

Just buy NAS - network attached storage with RAID and have your files in there rather than at your laptop. Your NAS can run automated backups to external drives for extra redundancy.

Files that you want to have locally at your laptop, - place in DropBox or Google Drive (or both) folders, they will sync with cloud automatically.

I do not have experience with iCloud, but there should be similar functionality.

Amazon gives their "drive" as well.

P.S. There's also Rsync, that is unix and free software for synchronizing files. I'm sure there's version for MAC OS X. http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/using_rsync_keep_your_files_sync_0, and http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/rsync_backup_all_your_data_single_terminal_command

P.P.S. The NAS I have (DNS-320 afair) also runs rsync. So if you do smart NAS shopping, and buy the one with rsync, not only you'll get extra network storage, but automated scheduled backups between your NAS and MAC. The price will not be much higher (if any) than having several backup USB drives.

fisherking
Aug 10, 2012, 12:20 PM
Just buy NAS - network attached storage with RAID and have your files in there rather than at your laptop. Your NAS can run automated backups to external drives for extra redundancy.

Files that you want to have locally at your laptop, - place in DropBox or Google Drive (or both) folders, they will sync with cloud automatically.

I do not have experience with iCloud, but there should be similar functionality.

Amazon gives their "drive" as well.

P.S. There's also Rsync, that is unix and free software for synchronizing files. I'm sure there's version for MAC OS X. http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/using_rsync_keep_your_files_sync_0

as posted, i already purchased carbon copy cloner...and am happy. PLUS, logic is my main app...lots of plugins, samples, etc.. so the dropbox idea isn't right for me.

PLUS...all i want to do is backup my mac, not find an alternative way to work...

thanx for ideas tho...

vladster
Aug 10, 2012, 12:38 PM
as posted, i already purchased carbon copy cloner...and am happy. PLUS, logic is my main app...lots of plugins, samples, etc.. so the dropbox idea isn't right for me.

PLUS...all i want to do is backup my mac, not find an alternative way to work...

thanx for ideas tho...

If you bought something already, then that solves it. But take a look at links on Rsync I posted - it's very nice and flexible mirroring solution.

If you do coding, then for that kind of information IMO completely different approach exists - repositories like CVS, SVN or GIT. Not only they serve as backup, but also give you a lot of coding specific conveniences.

Bob Coxner
Aug 10, 2012, 02:14 PM
For anyone else...the free version of SuperDuper does almost everything you get from the paid version and it's updated for ML.

WesCole
Aug 10, 2012, 02:51 PM
I use CCC, although it is an older version before they started charging for it. I use it every couple of days to keep my bootable backup partition up-to-date. I also have Time Machine backing things up every hour. For work/school documents, I store those in Dropbox as well, just in case, and would also store my iPhoto library if it wasn't so huge. You can never have too many different backups.

Edit: I wish Apple would allow these types of programs in the App Store now that they charge to use them. I have a lot of store credit and would definitely use it to buy a cloning app, but my old version of CCC is still working for now.