One question that is asked often is, “What should I use to backup my Mac?” We perform a network backup of critical files, but some teachers have their own Macs and need a recommendation. Most of the time I recommend the three most popular choices, but here’s another one.
Send In The Clones
For every Mac user with files, photos, music, videos, TV shows and movies that cannot be replaced, I recommend, at minimum, a dual backup system.
That includes a separate external USB disk drive and Apple’s built-in Time Machine app. And, another disk drive that can be used to store a cloned Mac.
That means if your Mac’s disk drive dies, you can use the external disk to startup and you’re back where you left off within minutes.
Priced between SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner is Tri-Edre’s Clone X 4. It’s nearly as easy to use as SuperDuper but not as intimidating as Carbon Copy Cloner.
Clone X 4 gives you simple options to clone a Mac’s entire disk or any disk volume, and make it a bootable copy.
There are also options to copy an entire disk to another disk, clone only the Mac’s system, create a minimal System disk, and, of course restore the Mac’s disk or System. Cloning and copying takes longer the first time, but incremental clones can be done in minutes.
There’s even an option to create a USB thumb drive which can boot OS X, and simply compare different disks. Some features are more useful than SuperDuper (which is great at cloning, but other functions are intimidating to newer Mac users) but not as complex as Carbon Copy Cloner.
Why use an app that creates a bootable clone of your Mac’s disk drive? Well, just think of how you’ll feel when you turn on your Mac to begin the day and it’s dead. As in, all files are gone, the Mac won’t boot up and you don’t have a backup.