I've ditched Carbon Copy Cloner now that it went commercial, well I felt guilty about using a closed source application anyways.
rsync options do you prefer when maintaining your bootable backups?
rsync -avhHXR --delete --progress --hfs-compression --protect-decmpfs --stats --exclude=/Volumes / /Volumes/Backup
Just by way of explanation : Any large recursive backup wants the archive option
-a of course. And ideally the
-H option for hard-links. We need
--exclude=/Volumes since we're using
/ as the source. We want
--delete to delete files not present on the source. All the option
--stats only impact the display. And
--protect-decmpfs preserve various HFS+ features.
-n for testing before running the actual backup of course.
Just a few questions :
In Linux, you might want
-S for sparse files, but afaik HFS+ lacks sparse files anyways. I'd leave out
-A too since HFS+ lacks acls too. I presume that's correct?
Are there any benefits to
--inplace? Would it reduce wear? It's slightly risky if the transfer breaks perhaps. It conflicts with
-S in Linux, btw.
Am I missing anything particularly useful here?
Anything about making a new disk bootable that isn't bootable already?