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Incremental backup software to complement TM?

259 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2012 11:26 AM by igmackenzie RSS
igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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Apr 28, 2012 7:13 AM

I want an alternative to TM as I don't 100% trust it, and it is not clear to me which of the 3rd party applications have incremental backups on offer.

What would you recommend guys?

 iPhone 4S 32Gb,  AppleTV2,  iPad 32Gb Wi-Fi  iMac 27" 3.4GHz
  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,195 points)
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    Apr 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.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,195 points)
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    Apr 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.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Apr 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.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Apr 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.


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