Question about Carbon Copy Cloner - Encrypted Backup Plan

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SavMBP15, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I have a MBP15 that is using full disk encryption (Checkpoint FDE). This is mandatory due to the nature of my business.

    With that my backup needs to be encrypted but not necessarily bootable. If I have a disaster, I would just put a new hard drive in, reload Snow Leopard, then CCC, then start restoring (I think)

    So I have an external hard drive and used True Crypt to create a container on the drive.

    I first did a full full backup to that True Crypt container. Now I want to update or at least make sure any new files I've got on there, or modified ones, are now on the backup.

    Do I just select as the source the entire hard drive again and then just select incremental? Seems easy, almost too easy which is why I am asking the question.

    I did just that and the folders look the same inside the True Crypt container. I watched the progress and saw some stuff get copied over. I thought it was going to make a new folder called /Incremental Backup date such and such.

    Bottom line is I want 99.99% assurance I'm doing this backup thing the right way so in case the time comes, I don't have a heart attack because I messed something up.

    Any insight or advice would be very appreciated.

  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    First off, I'm by no means an expert on Carbon Copy Cloner, and before your message had never heard of True Crypt. With that out of the way, I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my internal hard drive to a partition on an external hard drive. Each night I do an "Incremental backup of selected items" to that external hard drives partition. I have everything selected on my internal hard drive for "Items to be copied". On the few occasions that I've needed something off my clone on the external hard drive partition it's always been there.

    You may get a more conclusive answer from the people over on the Bombich Software Forums.

  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    The "incremental backups" get placed into a folder starting with _CCC_datetime onto the destination drive. Only files that have been modified or deleted get placed in here. I used CCC for a few years this way. Now I just use rsync because CCC dropped support for file systems other than HFS and I have some FAT drives that need backing up. CCC is built on top of rsync anyways.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    AFAIK, that only applies if you have the "Delete items that don't exist on the source" checked and the "Archive modified and deleted items" sub-option checked. If you don't have those option(s) checked then modified and deleted items are kept as part of newer clones which are part of the original base clone. I hope that makes sense.
  5. VENUSPHILLIPS macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2013
    CC BACKING UP True Crypted Changed files

    Hi DewGuy,
    Your quote was help full but it raised a question for me, I have an external hard drive and use CC to back up my entire Mac book Hard drive, I have an encrypted Volume in my Hard drive and keep sensitive data in it and that data gets changed in a daily basis, in order for CC to back up my changed files inside the True Crypted partition in my hard drive to my external hard drive, do I need to tick those options you mention above on CC preferences? (Hope am not too confusing)
  6. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I don't have any experience cloning TrueCrypted partitions (or partitions for that matter) so I don't know if CCC will even work in your case. Maybe you can find the answer on the developer's site
  7. VENUSPHILLIPS macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2013

    THank you! :)

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