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Alexander Kallas
Best cloning software
on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:52:14 pm

Hi all,
any effective differences between Super-Duper, or Carbon-copy Cloner?


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Best cloning software
on Jun 30, 2011 at 3:54:18 pm

Practically they're both using rsync at the unix level.

I was reading somewhere that someone did a test and superduper was just a wee bit faster; but practically, no difference - I have clients that use both; I use Superduper.

Both can do scheduled backups, both can do incremental changes.


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Brad Bussé
Re: Best cloning software
on Jul 20, 2011 at 9:11:35 pm

I switched from CCC to SuperDuper a couple of years back. One word of caution; after cloning, it's worth verifying the sizes of the original and clone drive. I cloned a FCP media drive last year, and found that the clone size was quite a bit smaller. I compared folder sizes until I found out that one very large source video file did not copy over (it can't even copy over when dragging via Finder, to be fair), but I wish that SuperDuper had alerted me to the fact that a file couldn't copy instead of just saying that the process was complete with no indication.

There are some differences. I can't remember what exactly, but the Mac tech. at my last job recommended the change as there were some very specific reasons why SuperDuper was a better match for our needs. Come to think of it, I believe it was specific to the fact that we needed something which could handle automating the backup of a 5.7 TB XRAID array to a network folder, by breaking the backup into modular chunks of folders for different nights of the week.

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