How can I make scheduled backups of an external drive on to another external drive?

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  1. idyll macrumors 6502

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    I want to schedule a daily backup of one external hard drive on to another external drive. The app "Carbon Copy Cloner" looks like it does what I need with their "Incremental Backup" feature and scheduling. Are there any other alternatives, possibly free ones?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    CarbonCopyCloner (version 3.4.7 is still free and available for download here and works with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion), the free version, does what you need. SuperDuper! is the other alternative, but it is still not free.
     
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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  4. bakechad macrumors member

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    Rsync in a cronjob

    Something like this:

    Code:
    rsync -av --delete /path_of_source_drive_root_directory/ /path_of_second_drive/
    type 'man rsync' for entire syntax

    'man crontab' for crontab syntax
     
  5. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I use rsync for that too, in a simple script that launchd starts for me daily. (launchd / launchctl is the preferred method over cron, according to the launchd man page.) Works great and it's free!

    It's not hard, however I can understand that not everyone wants to piddle around looking up arcane options on a man page...
     
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  7. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Chronosync will also do it, but it's pricey IMO
     

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