Time Machine and a HD Crash

aznguy2772

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OK, So i backed up my HD using Time Machine. Say that the HD on my computer crashed. What's the advantages and disadvantages of Time Machine as compared to say, Super Duper? Thanks.
 

~Shard~

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SuperDuper will allow you to make a bootable backup of your system, Time Machine will not. To recover your system from a Time Machine drive you would need to reinstall Leopard on your new HDD and select the option to restore from Time Machine.
 
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Killyp

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SuperDuper will allow you to make a bootable backup of your system, Time Machine will not. To recover your system from a Time Machine drive you would need to reinstall Leopard on your new HDD and select the option to restore from Time Machine.
Although ultimately, if the OP restores from a SuperDuper disk image, if their computer originally had Leopard on it, they'll end up with Leopard again.

Until we actually see whether or not completely restoring a Mac from a Time Machine backup drive will work well or not, it's difficult to say Time Machine is going to be as reliable as SuperDuper! (which ALWAYS works, as long as no errors are reported). However, if it is as reliable as Apple makes it out to be, then there's no reason to use SuperDuper!, Time Machine just gives you so much more...
 
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Although ultimately, if the OP restores from a SuperDuper disk image, if their computer originally had Leopard on it, they'll end up with Leopard again.

Until we actually see whether or not completely restoring a Mac from a Time Machine backup drive will work well or not, it's difficult to say Time Machine is going to be as reliable as SuperDuper! (which ALWAYS works, as long as no errors are reported). However, if it is as reliable as Apple makes it out to be, then there's no reason to use SuperDuper!, Time Machine just gives you so much more...
Agreed. I highly recommend SuperDuper and until more time is spent with Time Machine it will be tough to do a direct comparison. It definitely looks promising though. As with anything though, different people have different needs, so SD will be better than TM for some and vice versa. :cool:
 
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CashGap

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Here's my plan...

Partitioned a 500gb Lacie as 12gb for a SuperDuper clone of the Leopard install disk, the rest for time machine.

So if I have to, I can put a new HD in my MBP, boot off the Leopard install partition, install, and select Time Machine restore from the other partition.
 
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cfredrickson

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Leopard and Super Duper

Super Duper only supports tiger currently. They are working on a leopard version. No date yet.
 
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daniel huxtable

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i just ordered a OWC 500gb external harddrive for my 24" iMac but i have a few questions.

God forbid my computer crashes would i be able to bring up all my apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress from time machine when i reboot?

im still a n00b when it comes to apple. thanks.
 
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