OK, let me try again then…don’t want to lose ya.
You are very kind. Thank you.
I wish I knew how quoting and the like worked here on Adam’s site. I’ll go on a search after this but for now I’ll just wing it.
Using CCC to clone the iCloud folders to DB in a subfolder would then let you use a single sync system vice having some in DB and some in iCloud.
I like that plan of just one sync system. But this oldie is confused. I use CCC to backup the Data Volume of my Mac to an external hard drive connected to my Mac. I back up my wife/boss’ Mac remotely from my Mac to another partition on that external. That’s done daily. That is all I do and all I’ve ever done with CCC. So I’m probably missing many of the features of CCC.
Let me try to understand what you are proposing … If I backup (Mike Bombich is trying to get us not to use the word “clone” ) the three Mac OS folders (Desktop, Documents and Downloads) over to Dropbox then Dropbox will sync those along with the rest in the Dropbox folder. Is that what you are proposing as an option? But they wouldn’t necessarily be synced since the CCC backup doesn’t continuously backup or is it able to do so continuously. I suspect I’m missing something important.
I do know that Dropbox has added Dropbox Backup with a default base setting to backup those three folders. When you activate Dropbox Backup, it moves those three folders to your Dropbox folder and creates aliases to them in their usual location in ~/. I think I’m correct but … I’m far from 100% sure. That is one solution to my goal of syncing the three folders.
Setting up the source and destination folders in CCC appropriately is pretty easy…and you could use CCCs Safety Net feature on the destination folders in DB to get versioning without having to pay the extra bucks to DB…but cloning them there would need more DB space but if you’re like me and have 2 TB then space isn’t an issue.
I’m not familiar enough with Safety Net to understand what you are proposing. I didn’t think I could get true versioning with CCC. To be honest, my eyes started to glaze over on reading that paragraph. Apologies. My lack of tech knowledge.
I liked DB at ~/DB myself, much less deep in the folder hierarchy…DB says that it got moved because of Apple’s rules…but if that’s actually correct then I don’t understand why it only gets moved sometimes and not on other machines…I gave up trying to figure it out.
I’m hoping that is not a long term decision. My DB is still in ~/ as is my wife’s and I like it just where it is. I’m picky.
Has to do with how Apple’s apps store docs in iCloud …and since iCloud didn’t do it my way I just used DB and never really switched back or tried iCloud for doc storage and sync afterwards because “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.
I agree. I like my organization. I’ve never used iCloud Drive nor Time Machine. I’ve used CCC and DB for a long time. I did use CrashPlan for versioned backups, Retrospect before CP, but then CrashPlan dropped my type of plan as I recall and since then I’ve been without true versioned backups.
Only the data partition… and in the field trying to get that much data synced to any cloud is just too hard and time consuming.
Thank you. Very interesting and educational. I think I will be following your suggestion of buying backup drives for our MBA laptops. You are not only helpful but a little costly too. ;) LOL ;) LOL
We are heading on our first rain forest trip but sadly we’ve both gone from SLRs to iPhones for all photos. So we won’t take our laptops and I will hope the photos go to the cloud at night. Not very wise but our photography now, probabably always, is not worthy of more.
Hope all that helps…ask away if you have further questions.
It does help for sure. However, anyone who says “ask away” to Norm is making a very risky utterance. ;) LOL
Another good thing about DB over iCloud is that you can more easily share files with those on some other OS… whereas CCC clone jobs of /Users (which includes all the DB and iCloud folders) via wifi to another Mac just works.
I was hoping I could just open my laptop and find my same Desktop and the same contents of my Documents and Downloads folders synced up to real time and in their “normal” locations.
Thanks again very, very much. Really appreciate.