how do you back up your MacBook/Macbook Pro?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 11, 2010
Buying a new MacBook Pro soon, at home I use a 4tb USB3 Hardrive, what would I use to back up the MacBook Pro as it will be used at University.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 15, 2009
All of my stuff from my MacBook Pro, iMac and Windows 10 is saved on Onedrive (personal) and Dropbox (work). I do weekly clones with Carbon Copy Cloner. Never used Time Machine.
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macrumors 68000
Feb 21, 2011
Time Machine, it has always been reliable and used to Migrate many times, as well as going back looking for something I deleted by accident.

I have a simple USB WD 2TB on my iMac in Auto and I have another WD 1 TB for my laptop that I plug in about once a week and back up manual.

With the iCloud if I am away with the laptop I just keep my new files in a folder on the Desktop and therefor my iMac is backing them up.


macrumors regular
Apr 13, 2010
I have a portable hard drive in my desk drawer that I use for time machine backups. Plus a cloud sync for the important directories (can't recommend a service, as the one I use isn't public).


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
OP asked:
"NO time machine back up?"

Never used TM.
Never will.

It's cloned backups for me.
If something goes wrong with the main drive (which for me is an EXTERNAL SSD), I want to be able to boot from a backup (one of several bootable volumes littering my desk) and get "right back up running".

You CAN'T do that with TM (not without "restoring").


macrumors regular
Oct 25, 2009
In my setup, I use ChronoSync and CCC. My current backup destinations are a NAS, a mini with external drives, and two portable USB drives.

The mini works as a backup machine too in case my MBP breaks down, so I have little or no downtime. I use CS to backup to the mini and the NAS three times a day. This process is automatic.

I also do manual CCC backups about once a week to two different portable drives; I try to rotate them and keep one off site.

A while ago I also kept images of the MBP in the NAS and mini, but I made some changes to my setup so I had to discontinue this. I will re-implement it as soon as I can. Although the process with external drives is not automatic, the process works well.

The above may be overkill for your case, but I think you should consider having at least two backups, in case something goes wrong with one, and two different ways to generate them.
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