Can I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone a Time Machine backup?

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ccc4

No, CCC will exclude the Backups.backupdb folder during a backup task because Time Machine backup folders contains Apple-proprietary filesystem devices. Apple's recommended procedure for copying a Time Machine volume is documented in this Apple Kbase article.

Slow performance of network appliances can be mitigated by backing up to a disk image

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ccc4

Network appliances are well suited to the task of serving media to multiple workstations, but they aren't necessarily great backup appliances. Media files are generally large and the required data rate for streaming media is relatively low. Consider a 1-hour, 1GB HD movie file. Streaming 1GB over the course of an hour requires only 0.27MB/s. That's a fairly easy task, even over a weak wireless network. If you want to back up 100GB in an hour, and that 100GB is comprised of a million smaller files, that's when you need some more muscle behind the file server.

Frequently asked questions about scheduled tasks

Frequently asked questions about the Carbon Copy Cloner SafetyNet

Frequently Asked Questions about cloning Apple's "Recovery HD" partition

Product: 
ccc4

Carbon Copy Cloner offers complete support for archiving, cloning, and recreating Apple's Recovery HD partition. See the Cloning Apple's Recovery HD partition section of CCC's Disk Center documentation for instructions to create a Recovery HD volume on your backup disk.