a couple of questions about back up

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  1. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'm currently using TimeMachine and SuperDuper to back up my Air.

    I read somewhere that CCC backs up your Recovery HD whereas SuperDuper doesn't. What's the practical implication/advantage of that?

    When I travel, I'd prefer to only bring one external hard drive along. Would it make sense to bring the one where I back up with TimeMachine or the one with SuperDuper? I back up to two separate drives that are partitioned, so both drives have one back up area and one general storage area. I guess the criteria would be whether I'd be worried about wanting a previous version of particular files (TM), or worried about the whole system crashing (SD) - is that right? I can't quite decide what would be most strategic.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The Recovery partition is used to restore or repair your OS X installation. CCC does back up that partition and SD doesn't.

    OS X: About OS X Recovery
    How to Clean Install OS X Mountain Lion
    Apple - OS X Recovery restores your Mac with a few clicks.
    Hands on with Mountain Lion's OS X Recovery and Internet Recovery
    You can use CCC to backup versions of files, as well. Some prefer the TM interface. I use only CCC for all my backup needs.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It sounds like you have a handle on the issues. If I had to take only one disk with me on a trip, it would be the cloned one (using SD or CCC). At least with this setup if your internal HD completely dies you can boot directly to the clone and operate the machine, albeit slowly.

    The advantage to CCC having the Recovery HD on board is if you install a new HD and use the clone to restore it, the CCC clone will put the Recovery HD back where the SD clone will not.
  4. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Thanks, both! I'm going to check out the recovery links.

    I think I might download the trial version of CCC and check it out.
  5. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Oh, I love the wake up and shot down system feature of CCC. How brilliant. And archived versions of former files. I think this is going travelling with me :)
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can use version 3.5.1 ($40) or 3.4.7 (free, and works well on OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8).
  7. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Oh, even better! Thank you :)
  8. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
    Toss TimeMachine and SuperDuper and get CCC. I use the free version and it's never let me down and I love it.:D
  9. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    I use SuperDuper! and Time Machine. I am not going to sell you on SuperDuper!, but rather how I see the two working together. Substitute CCC for SD in your case.

    TM is for user errors, and SD is for hardware errors, in my opinion. If I lose the drive entirely, I'm not going to bother with TM - I'm going with SD to recover the lost drive to a new one. If I accidentally delete a file, I'm going to TM for the UI and ease of recovery.

    If I my main system was mobile, I'd take SD with me on trips and leave TM behind. As Weaselboy has noted, you can boot from a SD or CCC backup HDD and just carry on. If your entire computer is lost or damaged, you can buy, borrow, rent another Mac and boot that system from your backup HDD - and just carry on. For that reason alone my SD (bootable) backup HDD is Firewire 800. It is slow, but not painfully so.


    You mention having your backup partitions on a HDD with a general storage partition. Just know that if that HDD goes bork, you lose both the stuff in the general storage area and the backup. If you can afford to lose the stuff in the general storage, then not a disaster. But if you need it then you may want to consider splitting where you keep your stuff and where you back up to.


    My external backup HDDs are small enough to fit into a safety deposit box. I have a few that I rotate so that I have one off-site at all times.

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