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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:52 PM

So, spill your thoughts, which do you use, or prefer, had horror stories with, or not.

I see CCC is far more expensive, and you have to pay to go from 10.6 to anything higher, while SuperDuper's upgrade path is free to all original buyers. BUT, does 'more expensive' mean 'mo betteh'?

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:41 PM

I prefer SuperDuper. It has simple interface.

I always though CCC has more.. how do you say it around here? popsnizzle? :teehee:

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 03:05 PM

Try both Fm.  SuperDuper works as advertised on my system whereas CCC does not.  CCC did not clone, forget what the problem.  But now conversely, SuperDuper failed to clone on my wife new Mac Pro laptop and CCC worked great.  Go figure.  Either one does what I want it to do, clone on a schedule leaving a bootable backup drive... but I have to use one app on my system and the other one uses the other.
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Posted 10 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

Have been using Super Duper because I bought a licence ages ago and the upgrades so far have been free with each OS X change where as CCC went from pay a little to remove the ads to a more substantial price. That said CCC is still quite easy to use and does has extra more advance features and can clone the recovery partition.
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Posted 10 January 2016 - 06:53 PM

I've used CCC for innumerable cloning jobs with no issues. It's been reliable enough that I've got a technician's license for it. SuperDuper didn't work out too well for me when I tried it in PPC days and kept having problems with cloning my PowerBook, but that was a long time ago so that probably has no bearing on the current state of the utility.
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Posted 10 January 2016 - 07:06 PM

I have both. CCC is a LOT better at recovering files from drives with bad sectors. It will skip the files unable to be read and make a log of the skipped files. I believe superduper 2.8 may have made some improvements in that regard. Generally they are both pretty decent for basic cloning and full disk back. For more advanced/technician use CCC is the clear winner. FWIW I am running Super Duper at home and have CCC Pro on my handy dandy repario drive at work. For the home user SuperDuper is perfectly fine at half the cost. But mo money does in fact mean mo betta in this case, it's just a matter of will you take advantage of the "mo betta"

As far as CCC increasing in price it used to be a side project of Mike's and now it's his full time gig (with employees). The improvements have been substantial for the prosumer/enterprise customer and it is well worth the price. Have drank beers with him at a conference. Super chill ultra smart guy.
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Posted 10 January 2016 - 07:19 PM

I really wish Mike would make a Windows version too. Not only would he make some serious money off of that, but CCC is a frakton nicer than any comparable Windows utility I've ever seen.
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Posted 10 January 2016 - 08:37 PM

Heh, the "windows" utility I use is Clonezilla, and talk about NOT USER FRIENDLY.

Right now I'm doing a copy of my time capsule to a new external from an old external... and I'm using SuperDuper, since it was already on my mac and I've used it before. However now, after 7 hours and only 1.5 million files... I'm wondering if CCC would have been faster. Surely there could have been a way to just copy en bulk, instead of trying to negotiate every single little link and file that a time capsule has.

Oh well... SuperDuper shows its only got maybe another 2 hours to go... so it may be a complete waste if I stop it now and try CCC.

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 08:57 PM

Lots of tiny writes, varying network conditions, etc... since SuperDuper and CCC are both file copies by default I'm not sure it would be a lot faster. If SuperDuper is anything it's fast, corrupt drives not withstanding. I'm not sure there is a way to do a block copy of a time capsule. CCC requires the source and destination both be locally-attached, HFS+ formatted volumes that it can unmount to do a block copy.

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 08:59 PM

I have used SuperDuper at home for years, works great. I switched from CCC a long time ago, I forget why, I think there was a brief window where it didn't support my configuration, but I'm sure that was back when it was a part-time gig.

The fact that both products have been around as long as they have suggest that you can use either. It sounds plausible that CCC is the best bet for a technician, who might for example want to clone a failing drive before attempting repairs. I use SuperDuper as one of my backups (in addition to Time Machine) and also on rare occasions to move to a new disk. I was always cloning a fully working disk, in other words.
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Posted 13 January 2016 - 06:09 PM

I have used both and they work well. Recently, I've preferred SuperDuper, but CCC saved my ass a few times. Kudos to them.
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Posted 13 January 2016 - 08:34 PM

I use a linux live partition wtih GParted. It's not exactly pretty or super user friendly (although it's fine as you long as you're willing to read online a bit) but it gets the job done everytime and is completely free.
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