SuperDuper 2.5 may be one of the easiest backup tools to use to create a startup clone. Like Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper’s main goal is to create completely bootable clones of your startup drive.
Unlike other cloning tools, SuperDuper provides multiple ways of creating a clone, including the very popular Sandbox method. Sandboxes are clones designed to isolate your system for the purpose of trying out new software or beta software. Sandboxes protect your system from unruly beta applications, plug-ins, or drivers, preventing them from wreaking havoc on your Mac.
SuperDuper 2.5 is one of the easiest backup tools to use for creating a bootable clone of your startup drive. It offers step-by-step guidance, and verifies what will happen before it starts a backup.
SuperDuper is indeed super, and well deserves a place in your collection of backup and recovery tools.
- Creates bootable clones of your startup drive.
- Smart Update feature performs incremental updates to a bootable clone.
- Can create Sandbox clones, for testing new system and applications.
- Supports scheduling, to automate the backup process.
- Lets you create custom backup scripts.
- Creating custom backup scripts can be intimidating.
- No time estimate given during backup.
- Restoring files is performed using the Finder and not Super Duper.
- Requires OS X 10.4 or later.
- Includes 60-page user guide.
- Free trial available.
- Works well with other backup tools, such as Time Machine.
- Sandboxes are perfect tools for beta testers and developers.
- Can use disk images as backup destinations.
- Supports network backups.
Shirt Pocket Software attempts to be the superhero of Mac backups by taking what for many is a difficult problem (making a bootable backup of a startup drive), and turning it into a simple, repeatable process that encourages you to keep your data backed up.
For the most part, Shirt Pocket Software has succeeded in creating an easy-to-use backup application that not only creates bootable clones, but can also perform incremental updates, called Smart Updates, to an existing clone. This feature alone drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to keep a bootable backup current. Keeping the clone current is one of the most often overlooked aspects of creating backup clones.
A nifty feature that will appeal to bleeding-edge Mac users, who spend their days downloading and test-driving new applications, plug-ins, or beta software, is Sandbox. Sandboxes are special bootable clones that share either your User data, or your User data and the Applications folder, with the startup drive. Sandbox can effectively isolate your normal system while you try out new system software, updates, and drivers, or test beta applications.