The age old question, CCC or SD?

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  1. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    OK so I have not used any clone software EVER even when I was a windows user.

    These two seem what everyone uses.
    Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper.

    Which do you use and why?

    Cost they both cheap but I cannot warrant buying both.

    This is probably and old question but sorry bare with me.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I used to be a cc fan when free. Noadays you buy and only works for the version of OS X you have, meaning you have to buy again when the next os comes out.

    SD has a free backup so that’s what I use
     
  3. jasnw macrumors 6502a

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    I've used CCC for many years and am very happy with it. Stopped using TimeMachine a long time ago because CCC backups were more user-friendly and reliable.

    RE repurchasing with major OS upgrades, that's to be expected. The developer has to stay on top of sometimes subtle OS changes that can materially impact something that operates as close to the OS as backup software does. I don't mind paying Bombich for these upgrades - they are worth it (see the front-page article about the bug in APFS that Bombich found for example).
     
  4. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I have one El cap machine and one high sierra machine.

    my el cap will be high sierra too once the upgrades are done.
     
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Depends.

    You can make just a clone with Disk Utiliity, free. And Time Machine does dandy versioned backups.

    For bootable backups, I use ChronoSync. And of course it excels at synching folders and volumes as well, and can do more than either CCC or SD (I have SD as well). Especially with ChronoAgent. Back up to Amazon S3 or Google Cloud for example. And free updates forever. https://www.econtechnologies.com/about/products.html
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Can you make a bootable clone from disk utility?
     
  7. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    If you choose Restore, it'll make a full copy, and you can boot from it if the source drive was bootable.
     
  8. Partron22, Feb 19, 2018
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    Ages ago I bought SuperDuper!.
    Never found any reason to change.
     
  9. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried them both and find Super Duper the best. Neither has anything the other doesn't so its up to you really. Personally I like SD best, I like the way it works, its simple, does everything, is secure, stable, never had a problem with it in over 10 years of using it. You do the basic backup it has set up and that will be automatically set up to boot from so if you, for instance, create an external HDD SD backup, then your internal disk presents a problem, you can quickly boot from your SD backup drive no problem. Once you've done a full backup, you can do incremental backups which just update whats changed since the last one, many times this is very quick, depending on regularity of use, of course. SD looks at your drive first and presents to you to do the incremental backup straight away, no need to mess about setting stuff up, you just plug the drive, start the program and run it. Perfect.
     
  10. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Which of course is completely untrue, but whatever.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Um what do you mean untrue?
     
  12. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well SD latest version works in 10.10 and later so if bought it when running 10.10 no need buy again to run on 10.11, etc.

    I Think I will try SD mainly due to slightly cheaper and it looks easy use.
     
  13. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    That what you wrote about CCC working only for the version of macOS the user has installed and that it requires buying a new version with every macOS release is false.

    Another satisfied user of CCC here. Awesome app and awesome support.
     

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