I have been running my MacBook Air for a year without backing it up, so while I was back in the UK I bought an external hard drive (La Cie Mini – portable) and set up a partition on it for use as a bootable back up of the MBA.
Since I can’t afford another licence for Synchronize! Pro X, I opted for Chronosync, as that seemed to have the support of many on this forum, especially the sainted AmberV. I made a full, root backup of the MBA hard disk into the partition and it went well … I was running 10.5.8 at the time.
Having installed 10.6.1, upgraded all the apps as necessary and available, and all being pretty much well with the system and apps on the MBA – except for the fact that the Synchronize! Pro X bundle appears as an empty folder under SL, which I’ve got to get in touch with Qdea over! – I wanted to update the backup. So I set it to run last night.
What happened is that it kept hiccuping on files related to the system and various apps, for which it said there was a “date regression”. How the hell can the files following an update to 10.6.1 have an earlier date than the files under 10.5.8? In brief, I said go ahead each time, 'cos essentially I want a clone of the internal HD, whatever the dates are in that. But I couldn’t sit up all night, waiting for it to ping and ask me what to do time and time again. And by the morning, it had updated some 222,000 files (only). It doesn’t help that being an MBA I’m having to do it over USB, not Firewire.
Something else which irritates me is that it doesn’t tell you the total number of files it is going to update. As it reads each folder in turn it increments the number of files to be updated, but it never gives you a total or an estimated time … unlike Synchronize! Pro X. So I had to abort the back up, as I needed to use the MBA today and now I no longer even have the original Leopard backup.
So, those of you who believe in Chronosync – in my mind it is “Chronicsync” at the moment! – what do you recommend? How am I to get round having to sit for a whole night and more waiting for it to tell me that there is another date regression. Having bought it, I can’t afford to throw it away. I have an unlicenced copy of SuperDuper to make sure the MBP is backed up until I get myself sorted out with Qdea, and that did the job well enough, though being unlicenced, it will only erase the appropriate backup partition for the MBP and re-copy the whole lot … I think it comes to something like a million files! But it worked without hitch. Is the only thing to do to zero the relevant partition on the La Cie and tell it to back the whole of the MBA hard disk up all over again?
Thanks for any advice.
Yours in a chronic grump!