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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by marciohumpris, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. marciohumpris macrumors member

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    Friends,

    What program do you recommend to make an image of my Mac (such as acronis or ghost on Windows), so that, in case of a crash, I have an exact copy of everything? Time machine does this or just lets me restore individual files?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    time machine
    carbon copy cloner (ccc)
    superduper
    retrospect
    amanda
    clonezilla
    bacula

    listed by (I think) ease of use.
     
  3. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    Time machine does NOT make an image... However, if you have a TM backup that is all you really need to get back to where you were after some sort of HD failure. Carbon Copy Cloner works very very well and is free. Has saved my bacon a number of times.
     
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  5. marciohumpris thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, thanks for all suggestions :) Which are free? :)
     
  6. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    Time machine and CCC are free and all that you need.:)
     
  7. marciohumpris thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. With TM, lets say I have a failure, Id have to reinstall OS and then restore TM backup, would I need to reinstall all the programs...? its just useful to restore files?

    Wondering if its enough for me.

    Thanks
     
  8. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    All you do is restore the apps. No need for reinstallation.
     
  9. marciohumpris thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, fantastic. Thanks! So no need for image software for me, the native mac backup is really great :)
     
  10. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    One of the reasons people chose CCC over TM is because you can boot from the external with CCC. If you have no need for this, TM is a great option.
     

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