Posts Tagged ‘Backup’

Carbon Copy Cloner Version 3.4.4 available

Friday, February 10th, 2012

This is a very long overdue thank you post to Mike Bombich and his excellent backup and cloning solution for Mac, Carbon Copy Cloner (a/k/a CCC).

As the name implies, Carbon Copy Cloner allows you to make an exact copy of a volume, keeping ALL files (even the invisible ones).  This clone is the only way to make a bootable backup, which can get you back up and running right away on another machine in the event that your main machine dies.  Cloning comes in handy for other reasons as well, such as upgrading to a new version of OS X or migrating to a new and larger hard drive.

CCC also offers incremental backups, meaning that it only copies the items that have been modified since the last backup.  One of the things our techs love best about CCC is that it will back up to network shares as well as hard drives and disk images.

We all love the “set it and forget it” capability that is built in to CCC.  You can attach a drive to your machine and schedule backups for whatever time is convenient for you and your workflow.  CCC will even email you to keep you aware of your backups!

One would expect that with all of these features CCC would come with a hefty price tag, but no, Mr. Bombich offers this beautiful backup solution for FREE, and asks only that you donate whatever you can to support future versions of the software.

Version 3.4.4 of Carbon Copy Cloner was released this past Tuesday.  This latest version has several new features and fixes some issues that occurred with the last version.  Some of the new features include:

  • Support for archiving and cloning the Lion Recovery HD partition.
  • Scheduled tasks can now be configured to wake or boot the system when the task is scheduled to run.
  • CCC’s Source menu includes a “Create a Lion Installer” choice for users with a Lion Installer application in /Applications, which will clone the Lion Installation disk image onto a physical volume.

More info on the latest release of Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.4 can be found here.

EMC Retrospect 8.1 Released

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Retrospect 8.1 build 148 was released yesterday, which looks to have a very large set of fixes.  Check out the impressive list here.

No Retrospect X for Mac Today

Friday, December 19th, 2008

I spoke to the folks over at EMC Insignia to find out what happened to their planned release of Retrospect X for Mac today.  The update is that they are still working on it and will now premiere the beta version at MacWorld in January.  They are also going to update their developer’s blog today or over the weekend to let everyone know where they are at.

Retrospect for Mac and Apple Time Machine

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I’ve been asked about the differences between Retrospect and Time Machine, and while I would love to say that Time Machine is only ideal for the individual user, it’s actually not that simple.

Retrospect is definitely our preferred backup solution for small to medium sized businesses, but we have successfully implemented Time Machine on servers for small user groups.  Since it’s built into Leopard, it can be a very cost effective backup system for a small office.  Time Machine is capable of backing up multiple Macs to the same backup drive, and it doesn’t require any scripts — it’s automatically scheduled to backup every hour.  However, Time Machine doesn’t do well with backing up large databases because it has to back up the entire database every time a change, no matter how big or small, is made.

That said, Retrospect is a more versatile and robust backup solution for the small to medium business environment, as you can create scheduled backups, backup cross-platform (Mac, Windows and Linux) computers in your network, backup to Tape, CD/DVD, FTP, among others.  This way you can take the backups that are kept on tapes or CDs to an offsite location for additional security.

EMC Retrospect X is scheduled to release on December 19, and promises a nicer interface with the OS X Leopard look and a remote management console, among other new features.  The EMC Retrospect X dev team just posted an update to their blog yesterday, and they think they will have new screenshots of the user interface posted by Friday.


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