Given the state of things, I've continued using CCC. If the internal SSD fails, you're not going to have that machine back up until it's been serviced, so you're looking at a replacement machine which will have an OS on it already.
The restore of user accounts, all apps, and system settings seems to be about as comprehensive as we can get at the moment.
Thank you for your irrelevant answer but working on a removable SSD I don't have much use of it.
SSD.... The realm of SMART alerts... you can't rely on those things, so... are we left under that sword of Damocles ? ( Restoring is a pain in the a**, a bummer, a waste of time. Weeks after, still reinstalling, authorising, etc... things needed in the minute.
What about the lost of deployment images ?
The devotion to "Uncle Henry user" has gone too far, (not to mention Fcp itself)
Never have had a problem with Carbon Copy Cloner. No reinstalling or authorizing or digging through emails looking for serial numbers and hitting brick walls dealing with software hidden behind Out of Business signs. Never bothered with Time Machine because any CCC clone picks up where the other drive left off.