There’s Apple’s Time Machine. And any one of a couple of dozen backup apps to clone, copy, synchronize and mirror files from your Mac. And, then there’s SuperDuper! What makes this simple app one of the most popular cloning apps among a sea of backup competitor apps?
Perfect Clones, No Clicks
Experienced Mac users know the value of a cloned Mac. Essentially, what SuperDuper! does is clone your Mac’s hard disk drive (or parts thereof, or SSDs) to another disk.
When cloned you have all your Mac’s files, folders, movies, photos, music, TV shows, documents, and applications ready to startup from another disk.
If your Mac dies, you can take the clone and startup from another Mac, and everything is the way you left it, from files to apps.
The beauty of SuperDuper! as the cloning app of choice is the simplicity of operation, and the perfect clones. For example, start the clone operation by attaching an external disk drive to your Mac.
Startup SuperDuper! Here’s what it looks like.
Instructions for a clone are simple. Select your Mac’s disk drive volume (source) from the left pull down menu. Select the disk drive volume to clone to (target) from the right pull down menu. Click the Copy Now button. Then click the pop up Copy button. The backup begins.
Wait. That’s two clicks. I said no clicks, right? More on that in a moment.
The first cloned backup takes a long time because every file on your Mac’s disk drive is being copied to the clone disk drive. Subsequent backups take only minutes because SuperDuper! only copies files to the clone that have been changed since the last backup.
What about no clicks? SuperDuper! has a built-in scheduler which can be set to clone and backup unattended, hence, no clicks. It performs the clone automatically at a time you set.
The value of a cloned, bootable backup of all files and apps on your Mac cannot be understated, and that’s what SuperDuper! does.
Behind the Options button are plenty of esoteric features and functions for more complex and more specific backup requirements. For example, SuperDuper can run shell scripts in OS X before a backup begins. And, you can assign various functions to take place after the backup occurs. Scheduled backups are simply point and click to set the day of the week and the time.
The nearest competitor to SuperDuper! is Carbon Copy Cloner which has similar features and costs about 40-percent more.