Quicker Way To Back Up Data onto External?

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  1. JordanLB23 macrumors regular

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    Right now when I back up my stuff onto an external, I just drag and drop, but it always ends up replacing, which takes forever (overnight) to transfer everything. I have one of those mypassport usb 3.0 1tb externals.

    I am wondering is there a function to just update or back up new files?

    Thanks.
     
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  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Time Machine

    Every mac has come with a fantastic backup system called Time machine for many years now....
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    If you don't want to use Time Machine then use Carbon Copy Cloner a fine alternative to TM.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    One more recommendation for CarbonCopyCloner.

    It will create a bootable "clone" of your internal drive.

    The clone will boot and run as if it -were- the internal. Everything will be "there" (up to the point of the last incremental backup).

    You may not appreciate the importance of having a cloned backup until you get into an "I can't boot!" moment -- then it's worth its weight in gold.

    Just be aware that the initial backup will take longer, because EVERYTHING is being cloned.
    Once that's done, the incremental backups go quickly.

    CCC can also create a clone of your recovery partition -- very nice feature.
     
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    SuperDuper! does a nice smart backup. It's quick.
     
  8. Toltepeceno, Jan 8, 2015
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    Try Super Super. I tried both it and carbon copy cloner and went with it as it has a free version you can continue to use plus ccc stopped twice while cloning my drive. CCC is probably a good program, but free trumps 40.00 also.

    Discussion of both, how to use, at the below link. You don't get smart updates or scheduling with the free version, but if you just want to manually make a bootable clone backup it's hard to beat free. I have a bootable clone backup on a partition on my passport AND I made a bootable usb flash drive with diskmaker x. :

    http://www.imore.com/how-easily-clone-your-mac-using-superduper-or-carbon-copy-cloner
     
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Decent article but I'm wary of anything written over 2 months back!
     
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  11. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

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    Something is not right. When you move files to another disk that has a file with the same name it should as you if you want to replace files with similar names (which you should if the files as been updated, like word files..etc).

    Try Time Machine or pay for the very worth Carbon Copy Cloner.
     
  12. ftaok macrumors 601

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    You're misunderstanding his question. He currently just drag/drop his files that he wants backed up. So every file gets copied over to the backup drive every time. This is very time consuming.

    Using a dedicated backup app, like SuperDuper, CCC, or Time Machine, backs up only the files that have changed from the previous backup. So while the first back up takes a while, subsequent back ups are significantly faster.

    ft
     
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