Time Machine vs Carbon Copy Cloner

So I recently decided to switch from Time Machine, OS X’s built in backup solution, to CCC. 

Time Machine often had trouble finding my network volume I was using for backup, due to a lack of advanced config options, and I never liked the way it wouldn’t tell you “exactly what it was doing”. I’ve successfully restored massive TM backups before, but the weird Dr. Who style interface always scared the shit out of me quite frankly. I want my backup software to look rock solid, not like it’s done acid!

Enter Carbon Copy Cloner. First thing I didn’t know: it uses Sparse Bundle backups just like Time Machine! These are disk images broken up into lots of small files, which is great for handling diffs and stuff if you want to do incremental backups (which CCC can do too) and send them off site. My NAS backs up to Amazon Glacier, so obviously if each backup changes a single 500GB file, this would be bad… 

 Big difference with CCC though: I can directly mount the resulting image! So while TM would churn through my backup just fine, I never had a decent way to verify what it had done. Just its weird Dr. Who interface… CCC lets me see the full contents of the backup directly. Another advantage: I can actually specify a username and password for the network share I want to backup to. Something TM always struggled with.

So yeah, quite happy with that! CCC: Like Time Machine but with less acid and more control. 😉