Get Backup Pro vs CCC

imacken

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GBP seems to have the same facilities as CCC I need but for only £10 compared to £34 for CCC.
These features are: clone backup, (non-destructive) incremental backup and backup scheduling.
Does anyone have experience of GBP? Seems like a bargain!
 

maflynn

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Never heard of GB, I'd want to see more of a track record before trusting my data with their app. It may be a good program but the last thing I want to do is try to save a few bucks, only to compromise my data's integrity and security. Like I said I'm not against it, but I'd want to see more info first.
 

imacken

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Never heard of GB, I'd want to see more of a track record before trusting my data with their app. It may be a good program but the last thing I want to do is try to save a few bucks, only to compromise my data's integrity and security. Like I said I'm not against it, but I'd want to see more info first.
There is Get Backup and Get Backup Pro. I know what you mean, but it has been around for a few years now, and the interface looks nice and simple.
Just wondering if anyone here has had any experience of GBP.
 

GGJstudios

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There is Get Backup and Get Backup Pro. I know what you mean, but it has been around for a few years now, and the interface looks nice and simple.
Just wondering if anyone here has had any experience of GBP.
I agree with maflynn. CCC has a long-established and respected reputation in the Mac community, with a great number of users, including myself, who have used it without problems for 5 years or more. I wouldn't trust my data to an app that is as relatively obscure as GBP. I have found CCC to be well worth the small investment.
 

imacken

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I agree with maflynn. CCC has a long-established and respected reputation in the Mac community, with a great number of users, including myself, who have used it without problems for 5 years or more. I wouldn't trust my data to an app that is as relatively obscure as GBP. I have found CCC to be well worth the small investment.
Yep, I have used CCC (while it was 'free') and it was/is very good.
The hike to £34 is, I feel, too much for a utility of this nature.
GBP seems to get good reviews on CNET, etc., but I just wondered if anyone here has any actual experience of it.
 

GGJstudios

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Yep, I have used CCC (while it was 'free') and it was/is very good.
The hike to £34 is, I feel, too much for a utility of this nature.
GBP seems to get good reviews on CNET, etc., but I just wondered if anyone here has any actual experience of it.
GBP was included in the MacUpdate Fall Bundle in 2010, but even with that, there hasn't been any discussion about it in the forum since that time.
 

maflynn

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GBP seems to have the same facilities as CCC I need but for only £10 compared to £34 for CCC.
I'd say my peace of mind is worth more then £14 difference between the two products. There's a saying that goes, penny wise, pound foolish. Again I'm not down on GB but I have no experience and CCC has always been there for me. My data is worth more then £34 :D
 

imacken

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I'd say my peace of mind is worth more then £14 difference between the two products. There's a saying that goes, penny wise, pound foolish. Again I'm not down on GB but I have no experience and CCC has always been there for me. My data is worth more then £34 :D
It's £24 difference, but I know what you mean.
 

imacken

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Do'h, product of public schools :p
A question on CCC's clone backup, does it store previous versions of files, or does it destroy previous versions. I know it keeps old versions in the incremental backup, but I just wondered about the clone backup situation.
 

bingeciren

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A question on CCC's clone backup, does it store previous versions of files, or does it destroy previous versions. I know it keeps old versions in the incremental backup, but I just wondered about the clone backup situation.
CCC keeps previous versions of the changed files in the _CCC Archives folder. In there, you will find the old versions of those files in subfolders named as the date and the hour of the incremental backup. This is of course if you choose the "Temporarily archive modified and deleted items" option as you clone.

As for the GBP, it is not a cloning software, although it claims to be, because it will not make bootable clones like the CCC. However, I use GBP to keep my folders synchronised. To give you an example, I keep a copy of my pictures in my external backup drive. Every so often, as I add or edit pictures in my main computer, I plug the external drive and use GBP to sync the pictures in my computer with the external drive and store that drive off site.

Each program has its uses and I find both of them useful. As for cloning and backups though, CCC wins hands down in my opinion.
 

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I have always been a staunch believer in "you get what you pay for". I am a user of CCC and Time Machine. I keep 2 separate drives for my backups. One for CCC and one for Time Machine. I would not trust my data to any other program other than CCC as they have a proven track record.

I think spending the extra money is a wise investment. I have nothing against Get Backup Pro. Even Super Duper is more popular and it is free. Choose wisely and not with your wallet, especially if you can afford the few extra dollars.
 

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GBP seems to have the same facilities as CCC I need but for only £10 compared to £34 for CCC.
These features are: clone backup, (non-destructive) incremental backup and backup scheduling.
Does anyone have experience of GBP? Seems like a bargain!
Since you seem to be on a bit of a budget, can I make a couple suggestions that are completely free and will do what you want. OS X comes with Time Machine backup software that will backup your entire disk and it also keeps file versions. By default it runs hourly. You can also boot from a local Time Machine disk and do a full restore of your system and data, although you cannot run the computer from the Time Machine backup directly.

If in addition to a backup you want a bootable clone that can be used to actually operate the computer, you can use the included Disk Utility to create a clone of your drive. This video will show you how.
 

imacken

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Since you seem to be on a bit of a budget, can I make a couple suggestions that are completely free and will do what you want. OS X comes with Time Machine backup software that will backup your entire disk and it also keeps file versions. By default it runs hourly. You can also boot from a local Time Machine disk and do a full restore of your system and data, although you cannot run the computer from the Time Machine backup directly.

If in addition to a backup you want a bootable clone that can be used to actually operate the computer, you can use the included Disk Utility to create a clone of your drive. This video will show you how.
Thanks. I guess I should have made my position clear at the start.
I'm not on a budget, but simply wondered if GBP could do the same as CCC for less cash.
I have used TM on my Time Capsule for years now, and I also have used the older, free CCC on a separate connected external 2TB drive.
I have now bought CCC 3.5.4, so everything is good!
 

bingeciren

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Thanks for that.
The documentation says that the clones are bootable - even from an external drive.
http://www.belightsoft.com/products/getbackup/overview.php
You are correct. My mistake. I have been using the Getbackup 2 solely for synchronising that I totally dismissed its cloning capabilities. Good program, considering what is does for free but if you need the incremental backup, you have to upgrade to the pro (paid) version.
 

msmt

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GBP seems to have the same facilities as CCC I need but for only £10 compared to £34 for CCC.
These features are: clone backup, (non-destructive) incremental backup and backup scheduling.
Does anyone have experience of GBP? Seems like a bargain!
@imacken Did you ever get around to checking out GBP?
 

spammerhamster

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I've been using GBP2 for a couple of years now. I think 3-4? I use it to create bootable backups, scheduled once a day (or whenever Mac starts).

It works fine, both CCC and GBP and any other tool probably uses the same protocol anyway. Rsync. It's just a matter of GUI-differences.
 

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