Alternative to Carbon Copy Cloner

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  1. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502

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    So what i have is external drives that I keep my itunes library on and all other important documents, I just setup an unraid server and I a tried to use CCC just to copy new files to the unraid server once a night but CCC is being a bit of a complainer about it :), is there any other software one could recommend? I am not a fan of Time machine for these kind of backups. Preferably a software that I can schedule to run at various times during the day.

    Cheers.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Can you give more details? CCC is really the best choice. SuperDuper can do the same thing, but if you're having problems with CCC, you're likely to encounter the same with SD.
     
  3. jmcgeejr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Basically I have a few folders on my mac machine that I want to copy over to the unraid server. If the file hasnt changed then it get's left alone, if it's been modified it gets overwritten and if it's new it adds it. For some reason I keep getting odd errors when CCC run the scheduled tasks to do this. Not always but enough that it worries me about the safety of the backups, however when I copy and paste the files directly to the unraid server I have zero problems. Which is why I was looking at alternative.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Again, it helps if you're specific. The more specific and accurate you are, the better troubleshooting will work for you. What exact error messages are you getting, or what exact symptoms are you experiencing? CCC is extremely reliable for backups. Whether your backup media is reliable is another matter.
     
  5. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    From what I can tell CCC is just a pretty front-end for rsync. Rsync is very solid, mature and reliable. So as GGJStudios said, give very specific details and maybe we can help.
     
  6. bombich macrumors newbie

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    CCC is a lot more than just a "pretty front-end for rsync". rsync, for example, can't automate backup tasks, mount and unmount the destination, create disk images, encrypt a volume, clone the Lion Recovery HD, etc. CCC uses rsync to copy files, that's all.

    If you're having trouble with CCC, please post your concerns to the CCC Help Desk. Choose "Report a problem" from CCC's Help menu. In most cases you don't even need to give a big explanation of the problem, CCC submits the activity logs along with your report (with your approval, of course).

    Mike (the Developer of CCC, and happy to help :)
     
  7. jmcgeejr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys, or should I say bonjour,
    I am in paris for work and this is the first chance I have had to follow up on this. I am all set for now, I found that ccc worked just fine when I logged into the shares on the unraid server with an admin account instead of guest, even though guest had the same privileges :).

    Cheers all of you for the replies.

    J
     
  8. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Welcome, Mike! Always nice to see developers here! I used CCC successfully to upgrade several HDDs in my Macs. A truly great program.

    Glad to hear you got it working! In Paris for work, eh? You guys hiring? :D
     
  9. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    Comparison of CCC with SD!

    Perhaps of interest. A discussion of CCC vs SD! at FineTunedMac http://goo.gl/4U0Eu.

    Of particular note may be comments of Ganbustein, thread # 17618.
     
  10. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Mike - my apologies if I offended you with the "just a pretty front end" comment. It wasn't meant to belittle your software in any way - was just pointing out that the underlings for the file copy stuff was using a known reliable program.

    Thanks for chiming in.
     
  11. schmidt65 macrumors 6502

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    Problems With CCC and Western Digital Live Duo NAS

    Has anyone tried Chronosync?

    I'm trying to keep a regular backup of my itunes library (2.5TB) which is on a Western Digital Live Duo 6TB drive, backing up to a 3TB Time Capsule.

    CCC used to work great when I was backing up from one Time Capsule to another. However now I've changed the 'from' backup directory to a new Western Digital Live Duo NAS (6TB). It works great the first time, and every time following until I restart my machine - then CCC thinks all the files have been modified and tries to backup the whole 2.5TB again (rather than just the changes)

    2.5TB over wifi takes around a week to backup - so isn't a workable solution. Has anyone else had this issue?

    Problem started when I changed my hard drive to the Western Digital NAS, so I assume it's something to do with this and CCC.

    Thanks for any assistance.

    Alex
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You might try posting for help with your issue in the CCC support forums. The dev. is very helpful.
     
  13. tomllama macrumors regular

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    I use TimeMachine, Chronosync and CCC.
    Chronosync to keep files sync'd across my MBP, MP, mini server and Windows Home Server and it does a good job and is easy.
    CCC is the go to application to clone various disks for copies that get stored in the safe as a just in case or to clone whenever I do new drives or OS updates.
    Time Machine is just extra insurance.

    I've learned over the years that more than one backup will guarantee that the mistake you make or the disk that just failed doesn't wipe out you music or photo library (not to mention the other stuff). Disk space is cheap, the time and effort required to rescue a dead disk is not.

    All of the 3 application options work well and you can't beat the price - all are a great value for the money.
     
  14. Truffy macrumors 6502a

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    Wondrous! And what do you conclude, oh great one?

    (IOW, a link to a possible contradiction is of little use of its own, put it into perspective!)
     

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