Rsync used STRICTLY for "photos and video" library back-up

Hi,
I'm hoping to get some guidance from some experienced users of rsync.
I'm new to rsync, but have been learning about it.   I'm also new to Terminal.
.....**For full system back-ups, I use CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner)....clean and simple.**
However, for my large "photo & video library" (over 1 TB on an external drive), I found that CCC, while essentially doing the same as rsync, seems to take MUCH longer.  Rsync, on the other hand, is very fast.
This leads me to FIVE questions.
Q1:  Is this because CCC (which uses the rsync command, albeit modified), is doing a check-sum or sometime else behind the scenes?
Also, looking through the various command lines that other contributors have suggested when using rsync, I am a little confused as to which optional commands are necessary for a PURELY "photo and video" library.
For the optional commands, I think the ones that are a MUST for me are:
-a  - "archive" rsync, includes ownership info and extended attributes extremely useful for moving large volumes of data and keeping AD/OD/POSIX permissions intact
-v - "verbose" gives the user more information on the rsync display
-x - prevents crossing filesystem boundaries
-t   - preserves modified time
--delete  
This tells rsync to delete any files on the receiving side that aren't on the sending side. Files that are excluded from transfer are excluded from being deleted 
....Optionally, I could add the following to view the progress:
--stats
This tells rsync to print a verbose set of statistics on the file transfer, allowing you to tell how effective the rsync algorithm is for your data.
Q2:  Is there anything else I should be adding?
Q3:  Also, I saw that one contributor used "bash" at the start of the command line.  Is this necessary for my specific purpose?
Q4:  Snow Leopard comes with rsync version 2.6.9 version 29.   I know that version 3.1.0 is already out, but this would require an installation step (possibly using come Terminal commands, or something like "MacPort"), then adding patches, and perhaps some steps that I haven't mentioned.  Is version 3.1.0 really necessary, and in what way?  Much faster?  Better Integrity of the back-up?  Other?  (o.k., that was more than one question) 
Q5:  Is there a command to preserve the "CREATED" time of the photo?  Is this taken care of by the " -a " or the " -t "?
Thanks,
Sam

sling74 wrote:
sling74 wrote:
Hi Tony,
Thanks for your quick reply.  
A few other questions:
1.     What is the -N command for?  I could not see it on the rsync.samba.org website.
2.     My friend does not have CCC.  She's also using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.  What are the steps to properly install the newest version of rsync?
3.    For myself, what would be the disadvantage of using CCC directly rather than accessing it via Terminal?  When running CCC, what are the default commands being used?
Thanks,
Sam
Hi Tony,
Thanks for your quick reply.  
A few other questions:
1.     What is the -N command for?  I could not see it on the rsync.samba.org website.
That's added with the crtimes patch:
     -N, --crtimes               preserve create times (newness)
2.     My friend does not have CCC.  She's also using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.  What are the steps to properly install the newest version of rsync?
Here's what I do:
1. Download and unarchive rsync and its patches
    a. Move patches directory to rsync-3.1.0
    b. cd rsync-3.1.0
2. Apply patches relevant to preserving Mac OS X metadata
       patch -p1 <patches/fileflags.diff
       patch -p1 <patches/crtimes.diff
3. Apply patch relevant to preserving Mac OS X hfs+compression
      patch -p1 <patches/hfs-compression.diff
4. Configure, make, install
        ./prepare-source
        ./configure
        make
        sudo make install
5. Verify your installation
      rsync --version
By default, rsync will be installed in /usr/local/bin.
If that isn't in your path, you will need to call
your new version of rsync by its absolute
path in /usr/local/bin (you will most likely need to do this
and --version will verify that you have the right version)
(from: Configuring Mac OS X for Unattended Backup Using rsync and updated for hfs+compression patch)
3.    For myself, what would be the disadvantage of using CCC directly rather than accessing it via Terminal?  When running CCC, what are the default commands being used?
No disadvantages that I'm aware of. 
I'm not sure what defaults that Mike is using now, but most of the the flags that I use and posted are from the link above from Mike a few years ago.

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