I have gotten into the habit of using
rsync to do my own backups of an encrypted volume containing my personal info onto an external hard drive. I did not use Time Machine, because I do not own the whole hard drive, I just have a volume of 100 GB on the host hard drive. I created the volume using
Disk Utility. When
rsync copies that volume, it copies a succession of 8.4 MB opaque "bands" to the HDD (these "bands" are how a Volume is actually stored on disk - you can see by right-clicking to see the contents of the package on a
My question is: can I restore that to a properly readable volume, should I need to recover data from my backup? I never had to try for real, and I hope to never have to, but I am wondering if this is actually a viable backup strategy, or if I wouldn't be able to restore a readable volume from those "bands".
Here is the
rsync command I use:
rsync -arv --progress "/Users/frank/MyFile" /Volumes/Backup