Time Machine vs Alternate Backup Software

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  1. Toucansma macrumors member

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    I am going the route of installing a Mac Mini Server to act as a file server, iTunes server, and backup for my home. I have two other Macs that I want to backup their contents to the Mini. I have previously used time machine on my time capsule (which I will get rid of), but I have had the occasional problem (rebuild of bundle requested). My question to everyone, is from experience if I should stick with Mac Mini and Yosemite Server utilizing the Time Machine function or instead use some other backup software? I backup my critical documents in the cloud so that there is redundancy. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Larry-K macrumors 68000

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    Take a look at Chronosync if you're just backing up files, I like it.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Take a look at Clear Copy Cloner. Excellent program with lots of features.

    https://bombich.com
     
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Instead of looking for a substitute for time machine, consider using multiple methods. Add CCC as another backup. Also consider how you will backup the files stored on the server. I like Crashplan for an offsite solution and it can be used to backup files between your machines.
     
  5. Sciuriware macrumors regular

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    I combine monthly backups of only the system to a 64Gb USB stick
    using SuperDuper! (produces a bootable stick) with continuous backups
    by TimeMachine to a Time Capsule with a second disk (alternating).
    I spread my own data over several machines. That must be enough.
    ;JOOP!
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I use TM and carbon copy cloner. Time Machine backs up my entire system, but is more for file recovery, where as Carbon Copy Cloner is more of a system restore if the need arises.
     
  7. Toucansma thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and advice! Greatly appreciated. I am going to check out some these programs. I have used CCloner for hard drives but not as a backup solution. I will let you know which way I end up going.
     
  8. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

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    I don't understand what your needs exactly are, but I have a very good experience with Carbon Copy Clone. You can create a bootable drive, and it is also fast.

    I recently learned for a service that would backup your whole HDD without limits for $5 a month. If your system goes down you can download your backup or order an HDD with your backups on it mailed to you. Its called BlackBlaze but I never tried them


    SuperDuper still works? their website looks awfully outdated and the developer seems uninspired
     
  9. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Still regularly updated, twice since Yosemite came out.
    Developer is no slouch on this:
     
  10. Sciuriware macrumors regular

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    I'd rather have a good application from an "outdated website"
    than rubbish from a "state-of-the-art" website.

    And I know several people who appreciate it, so .........

    ;JOOP!
     
  11. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Take a look at ProSoft Engineering's Data Backup 3. Does a variety of different backups, scheduling, etc etc. I got it as part of a StackSocial bundle or something, and have begun using it a lot for photos.

    There are several different ways to backup, but without more info hard to give you advice on that. But Data Backup does a couple of types of incremental backups, versioning, and clones, so covers many needs. Which is why I like it more and more, since I don't have to mess with different programs for different backups.
     

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