Akitru wrote:I use both, with an external SSD drive dedicated to each. I find Time Machine great for quick examination or recovery of an older version of some file, and use CCC for backing up full images to protect against a serious crash (and also to have an external drive that I can use to boot from a different Mac Mini in case of a disaster that keeps the main Mac Mini in a shop for a while).
I also rotate separate periodic CCC backups to physical SSDs kept in an external site (in case the whole place burns down).
Summary: use both, they are each great for their use cases!
fisherking wrote:you could replace the external site process with an online backup service... just a suggestion.
Akitru wrote:fisherking wrote:you could replace the external site process with an online backup service... just a suggestion.
For security reasons I prefer to limit my use of the cloud for general storage. But I agree it is a good convenient alternative for offsite ('house burned down') if you can get comfortable with the current (and future) data provenance and encyryption.
facej wrote:1. Time Machine backups are not bootable
2. Online backup services are not bootable
I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my boot drive and external drive every night. Once a week I take the backup drive off site and retrieve the other backup drive.
I use Time Machine to create incremental backups as usual, so I have my clone from 0300, and incremental as needed. Never more than a week behind.
Yes, I have had all of my computers and backup drives stolen, so I will not do without a bootable backup off site.
My laptops clone to SSD. My "working Mac" clones to 4TB disks.
Backing up is not at all hard, and certainly shouldn't be "set it and forget it". I spend 45 minutes per week swapping out backup drives including taking drives off-site and putting the "other" drives in service. I listen to a podcast while I am doing it.
Ploki wrote:I prefer and use CCC.
- bootable clone and much more useful as such
- don't need versioning, so less space
- i don't do "transfer data" when i reinstall ever
thinking of also buying Crashplan, to have an additional backup off site
crashplan is great; i moved to idrive when CP doubled my yearly rate, but it's a great service (both work, CP is more 'pro')....