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Old Jan 3, 2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Backup Strategy...Integrating CCC and TimeMachine...

I am 20+ year Windows user who has recently made the jump from Windows to OS X.

I am at the final stages of the "changeover process" and am trying to finalize my backup strategy.

In my Windows system I i) create a system image every night on my NAS drive and ii) create a copy of my "home folder" every night on a USB drive. Both of these backups are automated.

In trying to figure the best approach in OS X I recognize that the available backup tools are different:
1. Carbon Copy Cloner which seems to be a backup tool of choice has the capability of i) backing up specific folders and files and ii) backing up a bootable clone [very cool]. The latter needs a direct attached backup drive which means either a Thunderbolt drive or a USB drive but not a NAS drive.
2. Time Machine which seems to take slices / snapshots of the hard drive on a regular basis.
What I need help with is determining the best approach / strategy for integrating Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine . While I am sure that there is a better strategy the best approach that I have been able to come up is the following:
1. Invest in a 1 TB or 2 TB Thunderbolt or USB 3 drive which I will partition into 3 pieces -- 1 for Carbon Copy bootable clone backups, 1 for Carbon Copy specific folders and file backups and 1 for Time Machine backups. As an aside, any suggestions as to drives.
2. Create a Carbon Copy bootable clone backup every night at say 11:00 PM.
3. Create a Carbon Copy backup of specific folders and files every night at say 1:00 AM.
4. Create a TimeMachine backups at its self-determined automated / regular intervals.
This strategy will enable me at any point in time to i) rebuild my system fairly quickly and simply by installing the most recent Carbon Copy bootable dive and then the most recent TimeMachine backup of my Home Folder and ii) access directly my Home Folder via my Carbon Copy backup of the specific folders and files I selected.

With the above background, please assist me in finalizing and fine tuning my backup strategy.

With much thanks,


PS. I have offsite storage covered as I i) regularly rotate my USB drives and ii) regularly copy the material from my NAS to USB drives and store them offsite.

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