Among the best is one I’ve used since it launched about a decade ago. It’s called SuperDuper. It’s the backup utility on the top of my list of recommendations to new Mac users who recognize that Time Machine is not all that. Here’s why.
Back. Up. Now.
Caveat emptor. Murphy’s Law. Parkinson’s Law. All apply when it comes to the data on your Mac’s storage, whether hard disk drive, or new fangled flash-based solid state storage (SSD). You must have a backup plan because. Just because.
If whatever can go wrong, will go wrong is true, and we all know it is, then an extra disk drive and SuperDuper! can keep you running even when your Mac fails, not to mention the storage.
Here’s the deal. SuperDuper! clones your Mac’s storage, SSD or disk drive, so you have a bootable copy of everything on your Mac. I use it every day and I’ve used it for a decade and it’s both the easiest backup utility and the most accurate I’ve used.
This is it.
It’s that simple to create a clone of your Mac’s startup disk; a bootable clone which can be attached to another Mac (should yours kick the bucket, buy the farm, or push up daisies) so you’re back in business in minutes.
Select the Mac disk you want to copy, and select the Mac disk you want to copy to. It’s the time honored Source and Target method. Options are nominal. The only one I use is the Smart Update option which speeds up the cloning process.
Really, that’s it.
SuperDuper! then clones everything on your Mac’s storage to the backup storage device (I use and recommend an external disk drive) and makes it bootable. The first cloning may take an hour or three depending upon how large your storage device is and how many files are on your Mac, but subsequent backups are much faster as SuperDuper copies only files which have changed since the last backup.
If you prefer unattended backups, the built-in scheduler is about all you need and is self explanatory.
To be fair about it, ChronoSync has more options and capability, but is more complex to setup an use. I recommend both, yes, but for those who prefer ease-of-use to features, SuperDuper wins.
If you do not have a backup plan, get one. Now. If you do, but find it cumbersome to implement, get SuperDuper! and set the schedule to backup your Mac whenever you prefer. Then, regularly, test the backup by booting up the clone disk.