Backup: CCC and TimeMachine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by serpient4, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. serpient4 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2010

    I am currently pondering how to make a backup of my Imac. On the old threads I skimmed through I could not find the right answers - so I made one of my own :)

    In my imac I have a 500 GB hard drive (~300GB in use). I also have a 1.5 TB external hard drive which will be my backup drive.

    I am planning to combine CarbonCopyCleaner (or SuperDuper Im not 100% sure yet - any suggestions?) with Time machine to get
    a) a bootable copy of my system
    b) regular backups with time machine.

    On top of this I want to move certain things (like movies and stuff I dont really need to back up) on the external hard drive.
    Now I am wondering two things however:

    Can I achieve CCC, Time machine backups AND seperate data on one partition?
    I guess not because then it would not be bootable?!

    If I use 2 seperate partitions (one for CCC and one for Time Machine and the data/movies etc) - can they be resized WHILE data is on them? I am asking this because I am using my mac to produce music and the data keeps growing. I would love to avoid fixed-size-partitions if possible.

    I am very open to suggestions from you guys, who have a better grasp of backup-solutions than I do.

    Thank you for your time and effort, I appreciate it!
    Have a great day,
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    My suggestions:

    You can partition the 1.5tb external drive as needed.

    You might consider three partitions:
    1. CCC bootable clone (probably should be 475gb or even 500)
    2. TM backup (should be at least 500-750gb)
    3. General scratch storage partition (whatever is left for off-loading files that are less important to you)

    You might even consider a separate drive for the TM backup. TM can "gobble up" drive space VERY quickly.

    As an alternative to another external drive, you might consider a USB/SATA dock like one of these:

    Now you can add a second (or third, or as many as you want) drive, and swap it out when necessary. You can even boot from these.

    Here's one that's a little more expensive, but offers several connection options:

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