Mac backup software recommendations?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Macillus2, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Macillus2 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2015
    I'm on a Mac Pro desktop using Yosemite (10.10.5). I'm looking for a simple backup software that will do one thing: back up my entire hard drive and then update ONLY those files that I modify. It doesn't matter whether it updates them automatically (hourly or daily) or I would be required to do it manually (with the click of a button). I'm not interested in the multiple and constant backups that Time Machine does. I've tried using it--not for me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    But what you've described IS Time Machine. There's not one that works better on the Mac.
  3. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Carbon Copy Cloner, 1 month free trial, about $40, best in my opinion. Has many options, will do what you said above.
  4. macenied macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2014
    Time Machine. It does exactly what you ask for, except that it needs to back up updated files as well. Disable it to don't backup constantly and execute it when you like to perform the next backup. It works very well.
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I don't understand why you wouldn't use Time Machine for this. It does exactly what you want.
  6. Macillus2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2015
    Hmmm. I'll look more closely at it. But perhaps I wasn't clear. I don't need multiple daily or weekly backups or to be able to go back to previous configurations. I need only ONE backup of my hard drive that will update only the files that I modify in the course of a day, leaving unchanged files. If that's what Time Machine does, then I'll use it, but from Apple's description, it sounds as if TM backs up the entire hard drive each day--lots of copying time that would be redundant in my case. Again, I'll look at it more closely. Thanks!
  7. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Nope, Time Machine only backs up the changes after the initial full backup.
  8. Macillus2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2015
    Well, my apologies for an unnecessary thread. Thanks to you all for the responses. I'll use Time Machine.
  9. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601


    Jul 4, 2015
    SuperDuper. It is also getting good updates for El Capitan
  10. RC Mike macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2015
    Agreed. It's simply great software. I use it to back up to both a local drive and a NAS nightly. It's dead easy, reliable, and has great support. There is simply nothing better out there for an individual user. I set it up and haven't had to mess with it since. It's configured to send me an email if there are ever any problems. Piece of mind with absolutely no issues or interruptions.

    Super Duper used to be a close competitor, but has fallen behind.
  11. Babyboi macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    I also enjoy Carbon Copy Cloner. CCC is a bootable backup. Time Machine would be used to restore.
  12. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    CCC. And having a copy of your system that is still bootable, has prior version (security updates have a history of mucking things up)

    It does cooy changes, verifies checksu, can archive versioning as well. and having "all eggs in one basket" is less than satisfactory, not redundant enough.

    A system that is only for system maintenance, too, for trimming SSDs or repairs.

    13+ years using CCC with others along the way (SD! and more traditional)

    TM is nice to gather all drive volumes, cMP users never have system and data all on one drive after all.
  13. haralds macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    I use TimeMachine with a periodic CCC backup of the whole disk. There are two reasons:
    - Redundancy
    - Speed of whole disk recovery

    CCC is much faster restoring a complete system. TimeMachine is out of mind backup and granular. Both are additive.
    WinClone is my preferred tool for BootCamp.

    I also use ChronoSync to periodically (every few days) replicate my iTunes Library and VMware machines to my server. They really bloat the TimeMachine and having and offline backup of my iTunes gives me a secondary server for media.
  14. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Time machine is what you need. Unless you need a bootable backup, then I will recommend CCC.
  15. Babyboi macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    I think I understand why he would not want to use a Time Machine Backup. A TM backup will take up disk space for every backup, resulting in large backup sizes, depending on the drive capacity. Carbon Copy Cloner will use the disk space of the the single backup. 1:1. TM is not bootable. CCC is. I can simply plug in a cloned drive and boot from it on another Mac. You can't do that with TM.
  16. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    I think OP means he want "only backup the updated file", not "only keep the most updated version and delete all old version". He just don't want multiple backup for the same version. For 1:1, that's a clone, more than a proper backup.

    e.g. If I want to find a "missing file" (may be I accidentally delete the file few days ago), TM can help. A 1:1 clone won't help.

    IMO, as long as the backup disk is not full, why only keep a 1:1 backup and then let the free space doing nothing?
  17. Babyboi macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    Yes that is what OP wanted. Which CCC can do. it can create the 1:1 backup, and incremental updated files. Can also create a schedule. To answer your question, "why only keep a 1:1 backup and let the free space do nothing?" I would say that I can still use the free space for other files if I wanted to. But sometimes having a bootable backup is more important to me.

    Attached is a screenshot of my CCC backup of incremental files on a schedule.

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  18. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    TM does a full backup & then only adds those files that have changed. It allows you to do a full restore or to roll back to an earlier version of a single file. CCC is good if your disk dies while TM is good if you messed up the formatting on a Word document sometime in the last week but aren't sure when. CCC & TM are complementary.

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