Mike seems to have something against CCC (or SuperDuper, as well).
Personally, I have never had a problem with a cloned backup, and the times I've had to "restore" from one, the installation went "as desired" (everything "was there" afterwards).
I cannot conceive of any reason why I would want a TM backup paradigm, with copy after copy after copy after copy after copy after copy after copy (had enough?) of the same stuff over and over and over and over again.
I routinely boot from my cloned backups to do maintenance and other tasks on my "main drives".
I COULD NOT DO THIS from ANY TM backup. For that, they are useless to me.
I regard CCC as one of the premier examples of Mac software "out there" today.
Mr. Halloran and I will have to agree to disagree on this.
Disagree all you want. I will now reveal the dirty little secret (shhhhh — don't tell anyone)
You are paying money for functionality contained in Disk Utility. Everything you claim is possible without CCC, SD!!!!! or even TechTool Pro. This article is as good as any on the subject.
1 You don't need cloning software.
2 You never did. Disk Utility is faster.
3 It doesn't make an exact copy — it can't.
4 Time Machine is far superior for backup and restore — since APFS, even more so.
5 For setting up a new system, Migration Assistant is far superior—and every time you recommend CCC over that, I will point out why you are wrong.
6 Nothing that anyone has posted on the subject—and there's been plenty—contradicts me on this. For every advantage claimed, I can show how it's not necessary.
I have no dog in this fight. I don't have a competing product nor am I associated with anyone who does. Yea, I've used Super Duper! to make a few hundred desktops identical—the GUI is nicer than Disk Utility but the last time was years ago. Apple's enterprise server architecture has made that method obsolete. I doubt that I will ever use it again.
i'm done here.