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Using Time Machine & Superduper as backup solutions

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EricGAnderson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 9, 2012 7:04 AM

I have a 2 TB firewire drive that I have partitioned into a partition for Time Machine and Superduper.  My thought is to have a bootable backup using Superduper and use Time machine for individual user file storage and recovery.  I also have Parallels running and the Vista environment under Parallels is about 200 GB.  Time machine is always backing up that file if I have Parallels running, so i am excluding Windows Vista.pvm which is that environment.  What else can I exclude safely from Time Machine that is just redundent if I am using Superduper.

 

I am going to schedule Superduper to run at 2:00 AM each day.

 

Any concerns or suggestions about my approach or are their any alternatives that would be better.

  • hpr3 Level 5 Level 5 (5,700 points)

    First I would read this tip. https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4056

    Second I would consider having two external drives because if that drive fails (it will eventually) you will lose both backups.

  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,115 points)

    Hello:

     

    have partitioned into a partition for Time Machine and Superduper.  My thought is to have a bootable backup using Superduper and use Time machine for individual user file storage and recovery.

    I do exactly that, but I do not bother to make SD backups more than once every couple of weeks (I ca restore using Time Machine if I need to do that).  As suggested earlier, I would have two external drives.  I do, with SD on one and a partition for SD and Time Machine on the other.


    Barry

    iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, 4 GB memory,DSL, Airport Express
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)

    EricGAnderson wrote:

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    I am sure that I don't need a lot of system files

    Yes, you do.  First, they don't take up much space (they're only backed-up when they change); second, you can't do a full system restore without them.    See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #11, especially the pink box.

     

     

     

    Superduper may be just as easy a way to restore a file like an app that does not change from month to month.

     

    A "simple" app, yes.  A "complex" one (typically one that came with its own installer), no.  Those put other files in other places, and/or "helper" apps; if you don't also restore all of them, the app won't work properly.

     

    Again, the space saved is rarely significant.

     

    Message was edited by: Pondini

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