Using SupderDuper or Carbon Copy

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gakuran hitori, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. gakuran hitori macrumors regular

    gakuran hitori

    Nov 13, 2008

    Right now I use Time Machine with an external hard drive. However, I'd like to purchase a 2.5" HDD with the same specifications as the one inside my Macbook Pro, place it in an external enclosure and clone my internal HDD using SupderDuper or Carbon Copy. In the event of an internal HDD failure, I could literally just swap in the other drive from the external enclosure and be all set.

    In your own opinion, which is better for doing this, SuperDuper or Carbon Copy? They both seem to do the same thing.

    Also, how well does using one of these programs go? If I ever need to replace the HDD with the cloned one, will everything work exactly like the original?

    Thank you for any help.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I use CCC, but either one is fine. They do the same thing.
    Yes, exactly the same.
  3. gakuran hitori thread starter macrumors regular

    gakuran hitori

    Nov 13, 2008
    Great, I figured as much so I thought I'd just go with whichever one someone seems to prefer.
  4. tomllama macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    The key is which YOU prefer. Try them both. (I like and use CCC).
  5. fungus macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2008
    I've been using CCC for a few years now and have nothing bad to say about it.
  6. gakuran hitori thread starter macrumors regular

    gakuran hitori

    Nov 13, 2008
    I feel like the only way I'd really know if I prefer one over the other is if I had to recover from a HDD failure and I'm hoping that never even happens. The UI on both seems fine and they both do the same thing, so since 3 people in a row said they use CCC I'll just go with that.
  7. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
  8. Modernape macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    CCC is cheaper, that's for sure. Incremental backups are included in the free (donation-ware) version. Superduper won't do incremental backups unless you buy the full version.
  9. Mactasia macrumors member


    Jun 10, 2011
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
  11. Ray W macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2008
    Ditto for me.

    The good thing about it (and probably SuperDuper??) is that it is useful in less dramatic circumstances than a complete HD failure. Recently, I reinstalled my system from scratch meaning that I wiped all my information. In doing the reinstall, my intention was to reinstall most of my apps from fresh downloads of .dmg files and my documents and other files from the back up. This makes it a very useful utility and, of course, Time Machine can be used like this to some extent at least. I haven't tested this extensively yet but individual files can be restored from TM very easily. I have also heard of people having trouble with the TM back up not working as it should, that is why I use both methods. All the best with CCC, it is great.

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