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Old 08-18-2008, 01:48 PM
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Setting up incremental backup

Hi, i hope someone can help.
I have a MacBook running leopard for work and I currently have a 40GB work folder that contains just current and recent work.
I also have a Lacie external 500GB drive that holds older work (about 300GB) that I still need to access regularly without too much problem.

What I want to do is to have my current work folder back up the changes in the laptop folder to a storage folder on the Lacie, but if I delete something from my laptop NOT to delete it from the backup.

Separately I then want to mirror this external drive to a second brand new 500GB Lacie drive. (If it is better, I have two new ones to set everything up on, rather than use the half full one I already have)

1. Is this something SuperDuper can help with?
2. How?!

I'd also be interested in backing up the rest of the laptop (settings / mail / photos) etc. I was thinking of using Time Machine for this. Should I consider SuperDuper for this too? If so, what is the best configuration... partitions etc?

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Old 08-18-2008, 03:14 PM
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Well, we're not really designed to copy a single folder like that, and if you did copy it, it would be placed at the same location in the hierarchy that it's in on the source. In other words, if it's on your desktop at

/Users/glenk/Desktop/some-work-folder

On the backup, it'd be in this same path...
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:54 PM
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So - it's only for copying entire drives?
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:57 PM
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ok - just read the product description in more detail... sorry. embarrassing. Can you recommend any products out there that might do what I need?
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:56 AM
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Can you recommend any products out there that might do what I need?
I demoed (and bought licenses) for quite a few sync programs, and I think the two best out there are Deja Vu and ChronoSync. I use ChronoSync (although I have a license for Dja Vu as well) because it offers more granularity in the sync/backup and there's tons more features for actually seeing the files, saving X number archive of any discarded files during syncs, etc.

I use SD to clone the boot drive, and ChronoSync to sync folders laptop to desktop as well as to just incrementally backup certain folders.

No offense to SuperDuper, but setting things up other than cloning a drive is just too arcane for me. SuperDuper was my last backup purchase, so I already had the others.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:30 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

I actually ended up getting NTI Shadow, which seemed to be fantastic and do exactly what I want --- at the moment however it won't let me choose the folder I want as a destination and the error it gives me doesn't give any clues as to why.

(I can select other folders around it as a destination - the only difference I can see is that the one I want is also the starting point of a different sync, but not at the same time)

I might try ChronoSync as you suggest...

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Old 08-18-2008, 05:34 PM
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No, it's not only for copying 'entire drives', since you can select files and folders, or ignore them, etc. But that 'set' of files is then treated as a volume you copy from a source to a destination volume -- we're not copying folder-to-folder.

I'm sure you'll be able to find a "sync" product if you search around on VersionTracker -- there are many that should satisfy your needs.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:05 PM
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thanks... the guys in the apple store recommended SuperDuper. which at least is something!
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Well -- you should use SuperDuper! to do your regular backup!
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:42 PM
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What I want to do is to have my current work folder back up the changes in the laptop folder to a storage folder on the Lacie, but if I delete something from my laptop NOT to delete it from the backup.
Another (and free!) option you might try is rsync. It's a command line tool that ships with Mac OS X, so you've already got it. You might even be able to find a nice GUI wrapper for it on VersionTracker or MacUpdate, but I don't know of one off the top of my head.

Since both the source and target are on the same machine, you won't need to deal with the more complicated aspects of rsync, but you may want to be careful about the types of files you use it on. Earlier versions of Mac OS shipped with a version that didn't really handle some types of files correctly (e.g. files with resource forks), but I believe that the current version fixes that issue. You might want to test it out before relying on it, just to be sure.

It should be noted that rsync can also be used to archive deleted or older versions of files as they are replaced or removed from your target. Very handy feature.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:05 PM
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Here's an inexpensive option I just saw was updated on MacUpdate: Mim Mac -- $10 and seems to offer what you need.
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