General backing up question.

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  1. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

    skinnylegs

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    I copied my Home folder to an external HD yesterday, which took some time because it incorporates approx. 100 gigs.

    My questions is this.....

    If I drag that same folder to the external HD again today, I am presented with a dialogue box that states that the folder already exists and asks if I want to cancel the operation or replace the folder. If I replace the folder will it only copy over those files that are new and/or modified or does it literally start from scratch and copy all files over again?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    It erases the file that is on there are starts to copy the folder again.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    It will overwrite everything.

    Can't you use Time Machine?

    Or you could look into Carbon Copy Cloner.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I prefer SuperDuper, which is similar to CC. It has the advantage of the backup being bootable.

    Being a bit paranoid, I have two external HDs; both have backup from SuperDuper (not identical, different months), and a separate partition where I copy my home directory as <volume>/date/<home directory>

    It never hurts to have too much backup.
     
  5. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    SuperDuper is good. You can also home-brew a RSYNC script which is easier IMO.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    As for CCC not making a bootable backup: http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html .
    It can, and I did, and the copy speed of CCC surpasses the copy speed of Super Duper, and CCC is free.

    Sorry if that sounds a bit harsh.
     
  7. skinnylegs thread starter macrumors 65816

    skinnylegs

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    Everything has worked out great. Offloading my music files freed up approx. 50 gigs of HD space on my MBP which represents about 33% of the HD capacity. I decided to leave my photos on the MBP since HD space isn't an issue anymore.

    I set up Time Machine on the MBP using a USB 2 external HD. I also have a FW external HD which I manually copy over my Home folder to once a week. Afterwards, I eject it and place it in a fireproof safe.

    Thanks for the help, everybody!
     

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