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  1. Thank you to David and Nigel for your posts. I don't think I mentioned this before, but I'm running Retrospect Desktop, not Professional, and I'm only backing up one machine although I do several different types of backups with different sources and destinations on that machine. Looking at your list of user requirements, I believe CCC allows users to restore obsolete copies of individual files, as long as your source and destination are formatted as APFS volumes and you have snapshots enabled. In this case, CCC does a kind of incremental backup, saving snapshots of the source, as long as destination space permits. You can peek inside of earlier snapshots to pick out individual files for restore. Similarly, you can restore the entire volume from an earlier snapshot in case of a ransomware attack. SuperDuper also uses snapshots to store earlier backups but (a) it's not as easy to access the earlier snapshots and (b) I don't know if you can browse them and pick out individual files like you can with CCC. (I used to use SuperDuper, but because Shirt Pocket Software took a long time to make it compatible with Catalina, I began using CCC and stuck with it because IMHO CCC is superior to SuperDuper. I make these observations in case a reader is considering options for cloning software to use in addition to Retrospect. I have been using Retrospect since 1990 (was that Retrospect 6?) and have never stopped using it, and don't expect to. In fact, I have nearly 20 years of medical records stored in Retrospect's proprietary file backup format, so if it ever comes up, I can show that there is no possibility of being able to illegally modify medical records after the fact. I continue to rely on Retrospect for this perhaps unusual application. Off the top of my head, I'm not aware of any other backup software that employs similarly unmodifiable dated backups. While not truly off-site, I backup to both a local hard drive and a removable SSD, and carry the SSD with me in my briefcase when I leave the office. Thanks again for your posts. I find them illuminating! ­čĹŹ
  2. David, thank you very much for your post. For some reason, this time Retrospect 17.0.0 didn't notify me of the update when I launched it, so I was happy that your post included the news about the latest update. Using the Check for updates item under the Retrospect menu resulted in an error, informing me that the Retrospect app was running from a location not in the Applications folder, even though that's where it resides, and I launched it directly from that location. So I had to directly download 17.0.1 from the website. After installing it, I chose to check for updates again, and I got this message: Somehow I'm running a version newer than the newest version available? I'm now recommending to anyone wanting an easy restore procedure in Catalina or Mojave to use Carbon Copy Cloner, with my second choice being SuperDuper. How is it that Retrospect costs so much more than these but can't manage a streamlined restore? At least the UG has been updated.
  3. The same problem recurred today after several weeks using these scripts without a hitch. I submitted a support case. Addendum: I received a response from support. Hopefully this will fix it and I'm posting here in case anyone else has a similar problem.
  4. Today I upgraded from Retrospect 16 to 17 and ran one of my daily backup scripts. The amount of data being backed up was a couple GB instead of the expected 20 MB and it completely filled up my small disk image where the backup resides. Inspecting the script, I discovered the source (a folder) had spontaneously been changed to a different source folder, on a different volume. Also, the "favorite" folder that was the usual source was gone from the source list. I had to browse and add it again. So my cautionary tale is to check your scripts before running them after upgrading to 17. This is the first time I've had a problem like this after an upgrade.
  5. Nigel, thank you for your helpful post! Yes, I'm still using both CCC and RS, and your idea to use CCC and then RS is a good one. I don't use Homebrew and I think most of my files and apps are in their default locations, which is encouraging for a successful RS restore (if I wasn't using CCC). In most cases I have good Internet access and reinstalling Catalina would be possible. Thanks again. Your post lent some additional clarity and helps me feel more prepared should disaster strike.
  6. I contacted support and here is the response. There is now a guide for disaster recovery. Reading through the directions, the bottom line is to "restore the system with a standard macOS installer and then restore your user's directory, /Applications directory, and /Library/Application Support directory." I wonder if restoring these three directories misses anything. Reading further, it seems that the routine backups of my Catalina installation would not be sufficient for disaster recovery. It looks like I'm also supposed to be backing up the Preboot volume, and then using terminal to restore the Preboot volume as well as the macOS installation? Strikes me as being too complicated. Hopefully Retrospect 17 will be simpler. In the meantime, I will rely on Carbon Copy Cloner for disaster recovery.
  7. Hello David: I understand from your post that the engineers are extremely busy. At the same time, I contend that Retrospect's ability to restore from a backup is perhaps the most important function of backup software that should take precedence over any other tasks that are in development. Part of that functionality depends on the user's understanding of the restore procedure since it is not a simple one-step procedure, but requires re-installation of Catalina and other steps. Accordingly, I believe a document providing directions´╗┐ for doing ´╗┐a Catalina Disaster´╗┐ Recovery´╗┐´╗┐ operation´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ is sorely needed and overdue. Moreover, I hope composing such documentation would not take a single engineer more than a day to complete. While Retrospect Mac 17 may have new capabilities, what we need now for Retrospect 16.6 is guidance before disaster strikes.
  8. Has anyone seen the "promised detailed´╗┐ document providing directions for doing a Catalina Disaster Recovery operation´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐'" yet? I don't feel comfortable relying on Retrospect for my backup needs without knowing how to do a full restore of a Catalina installation. I would hope this information is important for the Retrospect team to impart to users in a timely fashion before disaster strikes! At present, I'm still using Carbon Copy Cloner, which is very clear on how to perform a restore. I'd prefer to have 2 reliable options (CCC and Retrospect) should disaster strike. Right now I'd be guessing on how to perform a restore using Retrospect. If I have to do a de novo installation of Catalina over which I'd restore various folders, it seems more cumbersome than CCC, which creates the System, Data, Recovery, and Preboot volumes automatically from scratch at the click of a button.
  9. Thank you for the news, DavidHertzberg.
  10. Understood. In the meantime, I'm counting on Carbon Copy Cloner to restore a Catalina installation more easily than Retrospect might allow, should disaster strike.
  11. As of today, I'm not able to find the promised "detailed´╗┐ document providing directions for doing a Catalina Disaster Recovery operation´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐" yet. I'm backing up my system but don't exactly know how to restore my Catalina installation. Hopefully this will be coming soon.
  12. Here is the response from Support:
  13. Thanks for the links. I submitted a support ticket with my question and I'll post what I find out from Tech Support.
  14. Now that Catalina is out, I understand the installation creates separate volumes for system files and other data. If I am correct, these volumes are connected as members of a Group, within an APFS Container. The System volume is read-only. I have questions about how Retrospect 16.5 will function with this new scheme. Backing up Since these are 2 volumes (appearing as one to the user), will selecting Macintosh HD as the backup source include all System and Data files? Restoring Secondly, I wonder if and how Retrospect can completely restore a Catalina installation. More specifically: 1. If the restore is being made to a completely empty drive, will Retrospect create the necessary "read-only" System and "read/write" Data volumes and restore the appropriate data to each volume? Will it also create a Recovery partition? 2. If the restore is being made over an existing Catalina installation, is Retrospect able to restore system files to the "read-only" System volume? Thanks for any information you can offer!
  15. That did the trick! Thank you Lennart! ­čśÇ
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