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Third Party Tool for Backup/restore or Disk Utility?

I am trying to decide whether to invest in a 3rd party backup/restore (eg Carbon Copy Cleaner) or just stick to the inbuilt Disk Utility. Any views?
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Tony Staples

Comments: 3 Responses to “Third Party Tool for Backup/restore or Disk Utility?”

    1 year ago

    I would use Time Machine, the built-in backup solution for macOS. It is not only a great backup tool, but will also save a history of files so you can recover a lost or altered file from days or months in the past. It is easy-to-use and free.

    See my video on it from the other week: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started With Time Machine.

    Tony Staples
    1 year ago

    Thanks Gary. I already use Time Machine and Backblaze (for offsite). I was just wondering whether something like CCC was necessary as an extra.

    1 year ago

    Tony: Well, it is hard to argue against more backups. But you are already doing way more than most (and the same as me). Carbon Copy Cloner offers a clone backup, with no history. The only advantage is to create a bootable backup, but that is rarely useful for typical users. You could always start a second Time Machine backup (TM handles multiple backups). Or, you could just copy your Home folder to an external drive every once in a while. Or, since backups are obviously important to you — maybe it is because you have a few files or folders that are extra-critical? Maybe duplicate them to iCloud Drive or DropBox to have a second copy once a week or something.

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