Cloning vs Copy/Paste

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by NutFlush920, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. NutFlush920 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2011
    I have a external 4TB HDD that I frequently update with video files. I want to keep a offsite backup of this drive which the person holding for me can access the files. Till now, they just have been bringing the drive over to my house once a month to have it updated and that has worked OK for the most part but is time consuming.

    I'd like to know what the advantage is of doing a "clone" in CCC or SuperDuper has over my method (if any). I see the new CCC can do offsite backup. If I do that, can we avoid the need to manually bring the backup drive to be updated by letting the software manage what files were changed and updating the drive accordingly?

    What advantage is there to cloning vs just selecting all and copying/pasting from one drive to another?

    Thanks for the help on m newbie questions.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Cloaning a drive basically copies everything on the drive allowing you to boot from that drive if the original fails.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    CCC creates a bootable clone, so if your computer or drive failed or if it was stolen, you can simply boot from the CCC clone. There would be no restoration process, as the drive would be identical to the cloned drive. In addition, CCC also clones the OS X Recovery Partition, unlike SuperDuper.
  4. NutFlush920 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2011
    So from the looks of it my copy/paste method seems solid for being free.
  5. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    SuperDuper is also free for your purpose--copying one drive to another. You only have to pay for advanced features like scheduling.

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