Backing up a Mac is not like using iCloud to backup iPhone or iPad, either. Apple did iCloud backup right for iOS. The Mac? Not so much. If you have the option for only a single backup method, this is where to start.
Mac360 has been around for more than 14 years and we were one of the first to advocate a cloned backup, specifically with the backup utility SuperDuper! Why? A cloned Mac is the easiest way to backup your Mac, and it’s the easiest way to get a broken Mac up and running again.
What makes SuperDuper! special? It clones your Mac’s disk drive to an external disk drive which is made bootable. That means the external clone can boot up from almost any other Mac, and do so within minutes. It’s just this easy.
SuperDuper! uses the time honored Source and Destination volumes to backup your Mac. It’s Copy from the Mac (or whatever disk drive or volume you want) to another one. SuperDuper! explains the details and what happens when Copy Now is clicked. What you get is a clone of your Mac but on an external disk drive. Everything you need to get up and running within minutes is there, ready to go.
Options are simple. So is the built-in scheduler. I set my Mac up to do a Smart Update. The first clone may take an hour or two, depending upon how many files and applications reside on your Mac. After that, the Smart Update takes over and only backs up, or clones, files which have changed. That’s called an incremental backup and it takes minutes instead of an hour or more.
The Scheduler is simple to setup and use, too. Click Schedule, select from the weeks of the month or days of the week, select a time.
You can use SuperDuper! to have multiple backup schedules, send an email after the backup, or perform other tasks suck as Sleep, Shutdown, or Quit the app when a backup is complete. The Advanced tab gives you more options of a geekier nature, including running Shell scripts, create a disk image, and run a shell script after the backup.
Those are handy and can be useful but the most important function is a perfect clone of your Mac that can be used to restart your Mac in an emergency. I’ve used SuperDuper! since Mac360 first reviewed the app back in mid-2004. No backup app is easier to setup and use, and, so far, none have performed as well through the years. Even better, I have yet to pay for an upgrade price. Buy once, use it. If you don’t buy, though, SuperDuper! still clones your Mac but it won’t do the incremental clone which takes less time.
If I had only one Mac backup system, this would be the one.