Backup alternatives

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ghulst, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. ghulst macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2011
    South West, NL
    Hey guys, I am a happy user of Time Machine for ages, but lately I am starting to get a bit annoyed. It seems as if my Mac is filling up TM disks faster than I can get them. I don't use a time capsule or similar, just a USB disk connected straight to the Mac. So before I run out tomorrow and get another disk, I was wondering whether I could pick your collective brains on alternatives.

    - I have a Macbook Pro running Yosemite
    - 1Tb of internal storage
    - 700Gb used
    - 400 Gb in interesting files on TM backup disks
    - 270 Gb worth of iPhoto library
    - 30Gb worth of email library and then it goes down to smaller numbers

    Is there a good (and fast) alternative that is more easily scalable to backup my stuff? I would prefer a local solution. And perhaps something that will allow me to work with stuff easily, wherever I am, without too much hassle? Trouble with the images is that I wouldn't want to be left without them and I should always be able to pull up a pic in full quality or store some.

    Any suggestions would be very, very welcome. Thanks!
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I suggest you look into Carbon Copy Cloner. It will create a bootable clone of your Mac a lot faster than TimeMachine will, while giving you control over what to backup and when, amongst other features. I have found the tech support to be fast as well. In fact, I encountered a bug recently with El Capitan with CCC. I contacted CCC via email, and in less than a hour, Mike Bombich personally replied to my email with a 'right then and there updated CCC for me, to address the El Capitan problem ( which the OS wasn't correctly creating a Recovery HD Clone).

    I use TimeMachine and CCC as my main backup plan. I also supplement some of the backup with OneDrive, since I already have a Office 365 subscription.
  3. ghulst thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2011
    South West, NL
    I am considering doing a backup to a network drive based on files, not on the full disk. I can then complement with a single TimeMachine drive for that continuous backup and for quick restoring when the macbook disk would fail. (Have had that onece, and TM worked a great.)

    I currently have two old TM drives. I would like to recover all the files that TM has backed up and that are no longer on my drive. Is that possible?
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  5. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    CCC is a good alternative as others have suggested, other than that I would focus on manual backups. In other words, click and drag or copy/pasting files on to HDDs or flash drives.

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