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Difference between archiving and backing up

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Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 12, 2013 3:37 PM

I have a question that I should know- what is the difference between these? I assume backup is the Time Machine and the clone is an archive??


OS X Mountain Lion, 2TB OWC External Drive for my IMac
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,730 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:04 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    There are no differences. However in order to have a sound backup plan you should have built in redundancy if you are backing up to an external HD. The reason being is HD fail and if your backup fails and you only have one backup plan then  you may be out of luck! Many people on this forum create redundant backups, one using Time Machine and the next creating a bootable clone. Both are backup strategies however different. The advantage of TM is it will backup versions of a file,in the event you delete a version and need it back you can easily recover it using TM. However the downside of TM is if your internal HD crashes you're out of business until the HD is replaced and if your only have the one backup and the backup fails too (don't laugh it happens all the time) you are really  out of luck.


    If you have a separate bootable clone (using SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner) this will help in that if the internal HD crashes you can boot from the clone and continue running until the computer is repaired.


    My suggestion, invest in good quality HD's (2 at least) and create a TM backup on one and a bootable clone on the other.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,730 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 5:03 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Your very welcome.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,730 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 12:58 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    I'd recommend both the G-Drive and Mercury Elite Pro series and would stay with a powered drive, stay away from bus powered.


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