Backup software

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  1. dcaccount macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013

    I am looking for a software to backup some directories of my hard drive (documents, photos, etc.) into an external device, hard drive, usb stick and also to cloud repositories.

    Can you please advise your recommendation?

    Thanks a lot,
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    OS X comes with Time Machine.

    There's also Carbon Copy Cloner and many people like Super Duper.
  3. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    I use Backblaze for cloud backup and run Time Machine on an external drive as well as use Carbon Copy Cloner to automatically clone my boot drive to a separate drive every night.
  4. dcaccount thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013
  5. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    What is the size of your current internal hard drive?
    How much of that space is currently used?

    Do you already have an external hard drive?
    If so, what capacity?

    Do you have a USB flash drive?
    If you haven't yet bought one, I suggest you get a USB3 flashdrive with at least 64gb of space, 128gb would be better.

    The problem with Time Machine is that it will quickly consume all your available backup space, and what's worse, the backups that it creates ARE NOT BOOTABLE (shouting intentional). This could become very frustrating in a "moment of extreme need" -- such as if you have an "I can't boot!" situation.

    Cloning apps like CarbonCopyCloner and SuperDuper will create true bootable cloned backups that will be (for all intents and purposes) an exact, bootable copy of your internal drive. If you have an "I can't boot!" experience, just connect the clone backup drive and boot from that instead. Takes about 3 minutes, and you'll be up-and-running again with everything "right there in front of you".

    At this point you can begin working on the internal drive to get it fixed.
    If for some reason the drive can't be fixed (hardware failure), just put a new drive in, and RE-clone your cloned backup BACK TO the replacement drive, and you'll be where you want to be.

    CCC will even clone your recovery partition, and it can also "archive" old backup files, so that you don't lose previous versions of important files.

    My opinion only, but for most backup situations CCC or SuperDuper are SUPERIOR to Apple's Time Machine. No comparison...
  7. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    I had nothing but problems with crash plan and larger files ~5GB, worse yet I am unable to uninstall it completely. It is designed for smaller file sizes and quickly bogs down otherwise.... although there is some variability, one location may be served by faster servers than another.
  8. kurzz macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    For file backups, etc, I rely on Time Machine. It's the most seamless backup software - it's built-in!

    For a bootable hard drive, I use SuperDuper.

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