3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2014 8:47 AM by Allan Eckert
DPJosephson Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, guys. I am lost with all readings about backups. I have 2 questions:

1. if i need to backup the entire internal disk (apps, mac os, files etc.) so i will have a copy in case i get my internal hard drive damaged during repair what kind of backup do I have to use?

2. if i need a backup that i would like to update some times. Say i backed up my files, then i worked for one month, and i want to update changes to my backup (kinda up to date) what backup do I have to use?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,709 points)

    If you make a bootable clone using either CCC or SuperDuper that will be a copy of the entire system. So if you boot from the clone it will be exactly the same as your system drive when the clone was made.


    I use SuperDuper and I have it schedule to incrementally backup weekly to keep the clone current on a weekly bases. I think you can do the same thing with CCC.


    By the way a Time Machine backup is not bootable. To recover with a Time Machine backup it is necessary for you to first install the operating system.



  • DPJosephson Level 1 (0 points)

    Cna't I achieve the same with time machine or using disk utility?

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,709 points)

    In my addition to my last post I think I answered your question about Time Machine.


    There is a recovery function included with Disk Utility. I have never used it so I can't speak about with any certainty.