Carbon Copy Cloner to cloud storage?

RStolpe

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Hi,
I do have Carbon Copy Cloner and with a 500Mbit internet connection I want to use cloud storage for the backups but I can't find any good way to do so.

Any idés?
 

chscag

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I couldn't find anything that says you can't backup to the cloud with CCC, however, I suggest you access their knowledge base to check or send an email to Mike Bombich (developer) and ask. CCC KB
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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Backblaze backs up attached USB/Thunderbolt/whatever drives.

I know they do not support backing Time Machine’s Backups.backupdbs folder, but I think they would support a CCC drive.

Note that for your internal hard drive, they only back up the Users folder.
 

ignatius345

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I want to backup to the cloud not make a backup of the cloud.
I think he meant "CCC cannot backup to your Apple Cloud or any cloud storage." Key word missing, there.

If you're really wanting to use CCC and a network destination, you could create a disk image on a local hard drive, mount it and do a CCC backup to it -- then upload to wherever you choose. Would strongly recommend encrypting the disk image.

This is a bit manual, but actually not a terrible solution. if your encryption is good it means the cloud service you copy to has zero access to your stuff. The downside, I guess, is that if that disk image file gets corrupted your files are all completely hosed.
 
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shaunp

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You would be better off using CCC to backup an image to local storage for fast recovery. By local that could be an external disk or a NAS. Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 and even gigabit ethernet all have much more bandwidth than your internet connection, and significantly less latency. Also it is sometimes quicker to reinstall than it is to recover when it comes to the OS. Your data however is a different matter. I would still back this up locally, but also sync it to somewhere offsite - dropbox, etc. You can then selectively restore the bits that are important to right now if things go bad and not all of your data. Trying to restore loads of data over the internet is slow, and remember your upstream speed is less than your downstream so backing it up in the first place will be even slower, unless that 500Mb/s is a synchronous leased line. Even then, it's not as fast as local.
 

RStolpe

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You would be better off using CCC to backup an image to local storage for fast recovery. By local that could be an external disk or a NAS. Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 and even gigabit ethernet all have much more bandwidth than your internet connection, and significantly less latency. Also it is sometimes quicker to reinstall than it is to recover when it comes to the OS. Your data however is a different matter. I would still back this up locally, but also sync it to somewhere offsite - dropbox, etc. You can then selectively restore the bits that are important to right now if things go bad and not all of your data. Trying to restore loads of data over the internet is slow, and remember your upstream speed is less than your downstream so backing it up in the first place will be even slower, unless that 500Mb/s is a synchronous leased line. Even then, it's not as fast as local.

I'm currently are testing Acronis and Arqbackup and I think it 'll bee Arqbackup that will win.
 

chscag

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Acronis has been a stable backup and cloning solution for Windows. I don't know how they deal with macOS but apps like Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper are hard to beat. As for ARQ backup, keep in mind how long it takes to transmit your data to the cloud and even worse, how long it would take to recover it.
 

MacDaddyPanda

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I actually just did this. I have CCC to backup local external attached storage drives as well as the Main OS. Then I use Backblaze to backup everything for offsite.
 

RStolpe

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Acronis has been a stable backup and cloning solution for Windows. I don't know how they deal with macOS but apps like Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper are hard to beat. As for ARQ backup, keep in mind how long it takes to transmit your data to the cloud and even worse, how long it would take to recover it.

That’s true, but with Acronis backup I can for example backup to the cloud once every day and then every 3rd hour to localstorage.

The cloud backup is only a offsite backup if my local backup will get corrupted at the same time my MacBook breaks.
 

nouveau_redneck

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CCC cannot backup your Apple Cloud or any cloud storage.
Specifically regarding iCloud.

As long as one is not using the optimize storage option of iCloud drive, then CCC and other backup solutions should backup iCloud documents as they are all kept on the local hard drive.

To me it gets less clear if the optimize storage option is enabled. I suspect iCloud would download the file when the backup software requests the file. I haven't tested this though.