Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2012 7:19 AM (in response to igmackenzie)
Many on here keep a bootable clone (sometimes more than one ). SuperDuper! or CarbonCopyCloner seem to be the apps that get the most votes. I use SuperDuper! and keep 2 clones as well as a Time Machine back-up.
Edited to add: Don't keep a clone on a partitioned Time Machine drive. If the TM drive goes south south you've likely lost your clone as well. So separate drives is a must.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to Paul_31)
Thanks for that Paul. I'm not really looking to make bootable clones, I just want something that does incremental backups to a different drive than TM.
I notice that CCC offers it. Does SuperDuper?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2012 7:25 AM (in response to igmackenzie)
I don't use the function myself but you can set up a schedule for it to do backup whenever you like. I tend to use the Smart Update function which is much quicker at copying the data as it only copies over the changes.
Having a clone seems invaluable to me.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2012 11:01 AM (in response to igmackenzie)
I think you will appreciate even more if (god forbid ... when) your internal disk refuses to boot.
Using the "option" key at startup to choose the external clone and simply "clone back" to the internal drivemakes life so much easier.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to steve359)
Thanks Steve. I'm quite ignorant about 'clone' backups, so I've always avoided them. How do they work in a backing up sense? Do they get created incrementally if you are backing up regularly? I always imagined that any clone backup would completely overwrite the previous clone, and just take a lot of time.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2012 11:14 AM (in response to igmackenzie)
I once explained the deep details of CCC, and got it wrong.
So I will say what I know from experience ... and I have reloaded my system twice from my CCC so the deep detail knowldge is not really required clearly.
You make an initial backup, which takes a while. That covers you immediately. After that you make incrementals backups which saves the "update" information only so runs either long (if you made many changes) or short (if little changed).
When you backup, you choose a mode of "create archives in the target".
When you restrore, toy chose a "copy over without making archives in the target" mode. The documentation that comes with CCC tells you the correct settings for the version you downloaded.
Kappy understands the deep internals better, but I have resored twice so I can tell you that what I have stated for you does work.