Super Duper and Time Machine on same HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chefwong, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. chefwong macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    i'm new to the apple platforum. Have new 15" MBP and I paired it up with a 300GB Lacie rugged portable. Most of my data sits on the SAN on the network.

    On the Lacie, I have been using Time Machine as a backup. Recently had to service my the MBP for service and used Super Duper to run on the HD.

    I assume the SD does not reset the bit archive but it totally ate up the HD space on the portable. Just tried to run TM but there was not enough space on the HD for TM to run.

    For all intents and purposes, for you guys running double combo backups - Time Machine and also Super Duper for bootable backups, is it recommened to just use a seperate HD for each functionality...

    Looks like I'm going to have to but I figured I'd just ask
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I partitioned my HD
    One partition for TM
    One for Carbon Copy Cloner

    I have had no issues

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    i use superduper only as tm "looks great", but is more or less useless ...

    tm takes to much place on the hdd for nothing.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    No it takes up more space because every time you change a file, Time Machine needs to back up the changed file and still retain the original thus taking up more space; if they don't retain the original, then it will be nothing more than a crappy mirroring system which isn't of any use since you can't "go back in time," hence the name Time Machine.
  5. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I use them both. The thing I like about time machine is it is automatic.
  6. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"

    It is a difference in philosophy

    Cloning will theoretically protect from a catastrophic failure and get you back running with a bootable mirrored copy

    Time Machine allows you to go back to a previous state, theoretically protecting you against corruptions, deletions, and more

    I want both :eek:

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  7. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    I use both Time Machine and SuperDuper but not on the same backup disk. I have a Time Capsule for Time Machine and an external USB drive for SuperDuper.
  8. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    SuperDuper (and Carbon Copy Cloner for that matter) can also perform automatic backups as well- and are actually much more flexible in the ability to schedule backups on whatever interval you want rather than the hourly schedule of the standard TM. Yes there are other utilities that you can change the interval for TM backups, but the built in scheduling in SD and CCC take care of that themselves.
  9. 929406 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    both are great and serve different purpose, I use SD to backup everything separately as I formatted my internal MBP HD into system, media and others.

    One of the best investments I made in backup has been this:

    with multiple firewire 800 connections and a swappable HDs it store all my backups in a Mac like looking device

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