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Super Duper, CCC or Time Machine backup 4 New HDD?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:50 pm    Post subject: Super Duper, CCC or Time Machine backup 4 New HDD? Reply with quote

Haven't done any HDD copying recently--what's the general consensus for software to use? The last time I did this it was about 2 years ago and I can't remember which software I used [Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper].

Thoughts? What cloning software do you use now?

OR, do you just load your new drives with a backup from Time Machine?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are probably as many SuperDuper fans out there as CCC fans, but I continue to use CCC for cloning and backing up drives. The 3.x versions of the software have been pretty solid too. Those were released since the last time you were using CCC or SuperDuper. I would definitely download the latest and give it a whirl. It's a solid application.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
There are probably as many SuperDuper fans out there as CCC fans, but I continue to use CCC for cloning and backing up drives. The 3.x versions of the software have been pretty solid too. Those were released since the last time you were using CCC or SuperDuper. I would definitely download the latest and give it a whirl. It's a solid application.


Thanks g5g5. Downloaded the latest version of CCC and am now cloning my HDD--Easy Peasy!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was using CCC but now I find super duper more user friendly...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find both to be easy to use, but I mostly use CCC. I started using it years ago when the developer (Mike Bombich) indicated that he didn't want shareware contributions from university folk. It wasn't the $10 fee so much as the statement that impressed me, as I eventually made a $25 contribution. CCC seems to have a few options that SD doesn't, but both are really excellent. Once when I had a problem cloning with CCC and SD, I emailed the developer of SD and was very impressed with how quickly he responded. After that, I felt obligated to buy it as well.

Bottom line: you can't go wrong with either product. And I think that both are much better for cloning than Time Machine. I use TM as well, but for the ability to recover old files rather than for cloning.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
I find both to be easy to use, but I mostly use CCC. I started using it years ago when the developer (Mike Bombich) indicated that he didn't want shareware contributions from university folk. It wasn't the $10 fee so much as the statement that impressed me, as I eventually made a $25 contribution. CCC seems to have a few options that SD doesn't, but both are really excellent. Once when I had a problem cloning with CCC and SD, I emailed the developer of SD and was very impressed with how quickly he responded. After that, I felt obligated to buy it as well.

Bottom line: you can't go wrong with either product. And I think that both are much better for cloning than Time Machine. I use TM as well, but for the ability to recover old files rather than for cloning.


Interesting background on Mike Bombich. RARE as hell these days for a developer to offer really great software to use thats not dumbed down/a trial before purchase....

Thanks Fox et al for the information--APPRECIATE IT!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use SuperDuper until OS X Leopard came out. CCC was the first to support Leopard so I switched back then and never found the need to go back to SuperDuper as both are equally as good in my book.

Flip a coin.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I used to use SuperDuper until OS X Leopard came out. CCC was the first to support Leopard so I switched back then and never found the need to go back to SuperDuper as both are equally as good in my book.

Flip a coin.


Thanks for the info Bandit Bill. Appreciate it!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are just cloning a disk, no need for ANY of those products. Just use Disk Utility.

I use it all the time when I upgrade hdd's.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iMav wrote:
If you are just cloning a disk, no need for ANY of those products. Just use Disk Utility.

I use it all the time when I upgrade hdd's.


OK iMav I'll check it out--upgrading the HDD is all I did.....

THANKS!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iMav wrote:
If you are just cloning a disk, no need for ANY of those products. Just use Disk Utility.

I use it all the time when I upgrade hdd's.


Will it be bootable if the original HD was bootable? It should be, but I'm just checking.
Funny, I've never used Disk Utility to clone a drive yet. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all my disk utility clones failed at booting
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

philiparcario wrote:
all my disk utility clones failed at booting

Well this is good to know-thanks Philip.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swap between the two of them. Every once in a while there will be a volume that won't clone correctly with one, but the other will make a bootable just fine. I do however use CCC to do a full nightly back up of just the changes from that day. Time machine is turns my machine to sludge.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to use the "Restore" functionality within Disk Utility.

Drag the source disk to "source", drag the destination drive to "destination"...click restore. A bootable clone will be the result.

I've done this at least a dozen times (mostly when upgrading to bigger hdd's).
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