Have you gone to an online backup service? Or, are you still into saving important files on CDs or DVDs?
There’s no shortage of Mac backup apps and options. Here’s the story of good Mac backup app with a price tag, and a good Mac backup app billed as donationware. Which should you choose?
Cloning Is Free Except When It’s Not
While I’m comfortable with my backup solution and it seldom ever has a problem (and hasn’t failed, it’s always worth a look at something new and different.
Clone X 4 is what you expect it to be in the genre of Mac backup apps. It creates a clone of your Mac’s disk drive.
The advantage of a cloned Mac is that the clone is an instantly bootable backup of everything that was on your Mac. In other words, the Mac’s disk is cloned to another disk.
Clone X 4 does that and has a few other useful, though somewhat complicated functions. For example, it will copy your Mac’s disk with or without the User’s settings and documents. I’m not sure why anyone would want a copy without.
The user interface is simpler than either CCC or SD!
Click Clone a volume (a disk connected to your Mac) to start the cloning process.
Or, click Minimal System to simply copy the Mac’s system, but not apps or user files. This can make a handy thumb drive or flash drive of the Mac which you can carry with you.
Restoring is equally simple, and can be accomplished with or without the typical user data and documents.
There’s also an option to compare two volumes (disks connected to your Mac) to make sure they’re actually cloned.
While Clone X 4 works as advertised, and is as straightforward as a backup app can get, it doesn’t do quite as much as CCC or SD! In my experience SD!’s clones have been more accurate than any backup app, free or commercial.
Both CCC and SD! have a scheduler and initial setup and use is drop dead simple, as it is with Clone X 4. Why buy Clone X 4 over SuperDuper! or a donation for Carbon Copy Cloner? I don’t see a compelling reason.