Best way to back-up/reinstall OS - to clone or not to clone

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by pianoman88, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. pianoman88 macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    My main drive in my 2012 Mac Mini Server is Failing SMART.
    What's the easiest way to back-up/reinstall my files?

    I've tried Time Machine in the past when migrating data and it's failed me every time.

    CC Cloner or ???
  2. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    If in doubt, do both. I've never had an issue with time machine.
  3. Dfw macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2014
    South Wales, UK
    A clone would probably be your best option given your misgivings about Time Machine.

    I've had to restore a machine from TM twice (one dead MacBook and one Mini HDD replacement) and it has worked perfectly on both occasions.
  4. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2013
    I used SuperDuper (free trial) when switching over my HDD. Had no issues since intall 8 months ago (although I did have to do it twice, not sure what went wrong the first time but machine wouldn't boot)

    Many here advocate clean install of OS from recovery mode/internet then copy data manually.
  5. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    I tend to fiddle with a lot of hard drives. My MP has an SSD for Mavericks, a backup HDD clone and a Snow Leopard one (for old time sakes). My new MBP came with a 500GB HDD. I replaced that with a 750GB HDD and one week later with an SSD. The new mini came with a 1TB HDD that was also replaced with an SSD.

    Through all of that drive swapping all of the upgrades and backup clones have been done using the latest Carbon Copy Cloner. CCC has had zero problems creating bootable drives either on SSDs or HDDs.
  6. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    My experience with CCC are the same as scottsjack above.
    I have licensed copies of both CCC and SuperDuper but prefer to use CCC due to its ease of use and 1 or 2 extra features.

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