This is enough to make me switch

Discussion in 'Switch Stories' started by pcdoctor, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. pcdoctor macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2002
    I just ordered some DVD-RWs so I could backup my entire pc.
    Maybe I wasn't thinking, but Symantec Ghost is limited to 2gb per backup image because of the dos limitation.
    Basically, I can't create images of 4gb on my DVD-RWs for image backup.
    If I finally break down and decide to buy a mac, can I backup the entire hard drive to DVD-RWs?
    If I start to backup to DVD-RWs, is there some sort of feature that will tell me to insert another DVD-RW because the 1st one is full?
    I basically don't want to have to use the restore disk if my hard drive crashes.
    Is there any OSX utility that's built in that will allow me to backup the entire OSX hard drive to DVD-RWs?
    If not, what OSX utility will do this?

  2. pcdoctor thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2002
    I just found this program.
    Has anyone used this?

    I want to be able to create several dvd-rw image backups using this program.
    Has anyone successfully done this?
  3. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    I haven't used Carbon Copy Cloner (though my friend swears by it), so I can't vouch for any features. One thing it's lacking, however, is the ability to backup across a network. This keeps me from testing it out, but doesn't sound like an issue for you.

    You will definitely be able to find several other programs with the features you asked about. I believe Dantz Retrospect does all of this, but it's been a while since I've used it. I'm sure features are listed on the web site.

  4. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    There's a program called, oddly enough, Backup. It will make a copy of whatever you want to cd/dvd/hard drive and span across multiple dvds if necessary. You need .Mac to back up to iDisk but I'm not sure if you need .Mac to use the program otherwise.
  5. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Unfortuately I am unable to open Backup without specifying a .Mac account. That pisses me off, I don't see why I should need a .Mac account to backup to a CD.
  6. idea_hamster macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2003
    NYC, or thereabouts
    I've used CCC a number of times to create back-up drive images and the program worked absolutely flawlessly. I was really quite happy with the results. Clear, useful GUI. Good explanations for freeware. (Plus it's useful if you want to make a bootable OS X iPod!)

    However, I've only ever used it to copy from internal to external HD over FW400, so I can't say that I have experience with the DVD medium. Even so, I would proceed with confidence.

    Best of luck!
  7. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003

    I saw this on It might be something worth looking into. I don't know how good it is, or how many features it has, but you can take a look at it.
  8. Roger1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2002
    Carbon Copy Cloner is an excellent program for anybody who wants to make a bootable backup of their HD. I have used it numerous times, and it works great.
  9. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    I've had problems with Carbon Copy Cloner during automated backups– lost files and such, but it does a straight immediate copy pretty well.
  10. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    I know it seems like a pisser that they make you pay for something now a days. No really, they don't make things for free. (M$ gives away for free only to squash the competition) They have a software program that runs on your computer that requires you to pay for a service to help you do just that. They could just flat out charge $29 or $39 bucks for the software alone, but they don't. I am tired of so many people expecting things for free! You don't need a .Mac account to backup to a CD/DVD unless of course you are using the program that Apple company employees wrote. How dare those damn employees expect a paycheck every week and benefits too! The nerve! No really, what you need is a software program to another program to do this if you want, buy apples program/.Mac package, or don't do it at all. Just don't expect everything for free or else our market based economy will crash for good. Unfortunately that is the way we are headed. If you like something vote with your dollars! IF you don't like somthing then don't vote!
  11. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    Apple has given it away (or at least included it in new computers) in order to differentiate itself from the competition, showing how integrated the Mac experience can be, and to counter the notion that software isn't available for the Mac.

    Apple makes their money from their hardware and uses their software update's ever-changing system requirements to entice users into buying a new machine.

    The only iApp that stays usable at lower levels is iTunes because Apple needs as many customers at the ITMS as possible. The stiffer requirements for the new iPhoto have left me unable to use it at home. Shame, that is...
  12. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Carbon Copy Cloner

    If you have Panther, take a look around Disk Utility. The functionality of Carbon Copy Cloner is in there.

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