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Backup your SSD
Authored by: stottm on Apr 15, '11 07:56:47PM

I bought a 120GB OWC SSD and it died about two months later. When I say, "died" I mean, I left my MacPro on over night and the next morning it was hung and the disk was totally dead. It would not boot, the Mac wouldn't boot if the drive was connected. It was completely toast with no chance for data recovery. Fortunately, it was warrantied and swapped by OWC for free. But unfortunately, I lost about two months of data!

So if you have an SSD, being used as a boot and Apps drive, as most would do. Make sure you clone it on a regular basis. I keep all my data on redundant disks but my startup SSD is cloned via CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) on a scheduled weekly basis. When an SSD dies, it just outright dies, they make no noise, have no moving parts, won't start failing and get worse, they just completely fail all of a sudden without warning! So be sure to back that drive up!

Cloning is the best backup for a bootable system volume SSD drive. I run mine to boot fast and run all my Apps fast. I also keep my Fusion VM's on it. All my data is across multiple disks in an external RAID box with a second RAID box mirroring it. Critical personal data is encrypted and uploaded to an offsite server in a data center that manages backups for me. The local RAID boxes are more multi-terabyte media libraries. (Scary, I remember my first dialup ISP ran the entire operation on 1TB of storage and I have 10 times that just for my household media!

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