The age old question, CCC or SD?

elf69

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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.
 

dukebound85

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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.
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
 

jasnw

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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).
 

elf69

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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.
 

robgendreau

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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
 
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dukebound85

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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
Can you make a bootable clone from disk utility?
 

Partron22

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Yes
Ages ago I bought SuperDuper!.
Never found any reason to change.
 
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vkd

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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.
 
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elf69

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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.
 
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