HT1427: Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your MacLearn about Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 1:15 AM (in response to dpc_apple)
Instead of using Time Machine, in your case I would recommend cloning your drive. I use and recommend Carbon Copy Cloner. It gives you a 'snapshot' of your drive at a given point in time rather than making incremental backups.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 1:24 AM (in response to dpc_apple)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
I like this idea, but CCC is a third-party app. I feel it is more reliable to go with the App Store. Is there any other app in the App Store that do the same job?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 4:04 PM (in response to dpc_apple)
Carbon Copy Cloner is used by many, if not most, of the top forum members is is reliable.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2013 4:26 PM (in response to AnaMusic)
Another option you have, which I used to use many years ago, is the "Restore" option in Disk Utility. You can back up your startup drive to an external drive. What you can't do with Disk Utility/Restore is incremental backups or do any scheduling like you can with CCC. So it's not efficient in that way. But it's free and it's a pure Apple Utility. I'm not recommending this over CCC by any means.
Open Disk Utility/Help/Disk Utility Help and Search restore to find out more. Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility