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How to Backup your Hard Drive without Time Machine

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darkhorse85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 2, 2012 8:35 AM

I want to know how to backup my hard drive completely without Time Machine as soon as possible.

 

  • I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2009 13")
  • I am currently using Lion OS X v10.7.4

 

All help appreciated, thank you.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)

    You can create a clone. Use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,550 points)

    Please understand that there are difference between Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner.

     

    CCC will give you a bootable HDD and have all your data backed up AS OF THE BACKUP DATE.  Time Machine will not create a boot drive but will retain a history of prior activities.  Ex:  If you create a document and TM records it, and then you delete the document you can still retrieve it at a later date.  CCC does not have that capability.

     

    It has been my experience that CCC takes a much longer time to index and add updates compared to TM.

     

    The best of all possible worlds is to have both.  Redundancy of backups should not be viewed as excessive or frowned upon.

     

    Ciao.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)

    You can also clone using the Restore feature of Apple Disk Utility. "Restore" the disk you have to a blank disk.

     

    But the advantage of Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper is that for subsequent backups they provide the option of only copying the changed files, saving a lot of time.

     

    Also, there are many other backup utilities available for the Mac, because people have been backing up long before Time Machine existed.

     

    To pick the right backup software, you need to say what kind of backup you want.

    Bootable clone? Use Disk Utility, Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, etc.

    Versioned but non-bootable backup? Use Time Machine, Retrospect, etc.

    Internet cloud backup? Use Crashplan, Backblaze, etc.

    and so on.

     

    Like a lot of people, I use two types of backup, a combination of Time Machine and SuperDuper. Other people use a combination of onsite and offsite (cloud) backup. You should design a backup plan that fits your needs.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)

    You don't need any application. Just drag the files you want to backup to the external disk

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

    CCC and SuperDuper can be downloaded.  I keep one TM and one CCC, though my experience may be less than others and I may be viewed as a "novice intruder".

     

    Pretty much *any* drive of sufficient size can be reformatted to GUID/HFS within minutes, so Walmart at 1 AM is a possible solution.

     

    USB-powered drives are smaller and less expensive than self-powered, and will work in a pinch if your data is at grave risk of going away catastrophically within 24 hours.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)

    Open Finder, choose Macintosh HD in the sidebar, go to Edit > Select All and drag it to your external disk. If you don't see this volume, open Finder > Preferences > Sidebar and tick Hard disks

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to steve359)

    Hi steve359

     

    FYI, CCC will backup the recovery partition and SD will not, for now CCC has the edge.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Good news.  I like to be smartly, not dumbly.  Thanks.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 10:40 AM (in response to steve359)

    steve359 wrote:

     

    Good news.  I like to be smartly, not dumbly.  Thanks.

    And I am sure that SD will update their (excellent) software quite soon, so it may be moot.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,480 points)

    They overwrites your hard disk. As you make clones, you can only restore it to the OS X version with that you made the clone. Also, I recommend to use a blank drive to make the clone

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)

    CCC and SuoerDuper make copies of your drive, they don't overwrite the internal unless you choose to (like when restoring a clone to an existing drive).

     

    They are compatible with Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.

     

    CCC (currently) is preferable because it can clone the recovery partition and SD can't.

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