Are there any good free cloning programs out there?

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    In addition to TimeMachine backups, I want to be able to clone a USB connected drive to another drive on my network. I have seen Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, and Stellar out there, but they all range from $28 to $40. Anything recommended that is more economical (or FREE)? Thanks!
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.7 is free and will do what you need.

    (works fine on Mavericks).
     
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    As above. I use the free version of CCC and it does exactly as you need. I use it in addition to my Time machine back ups, and as a bonus it's a bootable drive if my HD fails (unlike TM back ups).
     
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, so it has to be 3.4.7 though? Also, will that version allow for daily backup scheduling or just manual?

    I am on Mavericks.
     
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, no problem.
     
  6. Gochugogi macrumors regular

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    Carbon Copy Cloner is an extremely well crafted app and it's worthwhile to support the program designer with his small fee. It's certainly saved my bacon several times and a clone makes installing new hard drives a snap. I'd hate to see the guy quit updating his app due to a lack of cash flow.
     
  7. Felasco Guest

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    I believe SuperDuper has a free version which covers most essential clone functions.
     
  8. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    For what the program does, I'd pay $10 and maybe $15 for it. But to me, $40 is way over-priced. Maybe more people would pay for it instead of finding free workarounds if the programmer lowered the cost.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    SuperDuper doesn't clone the OS X Recovery partition, which CCC does.
     
  10. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Does SuperDuper clone over a network to a drive connected to a router? I may have missed that option.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't recall off-hand, as I use CCC for all cloning and backups.
     
  12. Felasco Guest

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    Ok, thanks for this. I guess I need to read up on the OS X Recovery partition. Feel free to educate me if you wish.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    OS X: About OS X Recovery
     
  14. Quackers, Apr 26, 2014
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    Quackers macrumors 6502a

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    I use Clonezilla Live for cloning OSX, recovery HD, Windows and Linux, both individually and as a total disk image.
    It's a free program but it can be a little daunting to use at first.
    It does work well though, in my experience.
     
  15. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Carbon Copy Clone was my best euro 34 spent EVER for back-up software, since using OS X! Using 3.5.5-b5 (1406) for Mavericks.

    [​IMG]

    For more info: CCC feature page

    GL & Cheers
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm partial to CCC myself, I still use the older free version and it works well for my needs.
     

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