Here’s an example. You start up your Mac one morning and it doesn’t start. For whatever reason, the Mac is dead. No email. No music, photos, or movies. No documents. The disk drive is fried and so is everything on it. It happens. Where’s your backup? What should you have done?
Send In The Clones
Backing up a Mac these days can be relatively painless. All that’s required is Apple’s Time Machine and an external disk drive big enough to store a copy of all that’s on your Mac.
Both apps make it drop dead simple to make a complete, bootable clone of your Mac’s storage; SSD or disk drive.
While the feature list and customizability of both apps is extensive, cloning a Mac is just a couple of clicks.
What do you get with a cloned Mac? Like Time Machine, both SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner work best with yet another external disk drive. Each app may take an hour or two for the first backup to complete, but incremental back ups after the first usually take mere minutes.
A cloned Mac means your external disk, the clone of the Mac’s storage, can be booted up and used instantly, picking up exactly where you left off with the last clone backup. That means downtime can be minutes, not days.
The value of a cloned disk drive cannot be overstated. It’s a lifesaver because it preserves everything you need so your Mac can be up and running in minutes (either take the cloned disk to another Mac, or start up your Mac even if the original disk has died).
Time Machine is great and priced right, but takes far longer to retrieve files and restore a Mac’s disk drive. Both SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner take minutes. Basic clone settings on both apps are self explanatory. All you need is another external disk drive connected to your Mac.
My rule of thumb when recommending an app to Mac users is simple. If I use it, or would recommend it to family members or friends, then it’s a good recommendation (mostly because recommendations to family and friends comes with an inherent support requirement).
You won’t go wrong with either of these classic Mac backup apps. That said, there’s another app I use, which also does cloned backups, but my requirement is different. The app is called ChronoSync and it backs up and synchronizes files and folders, but also does a bootable clone. ChronoSync is more complicated to setup, but, like the two cloning options, it’s rock solid dependable.