SuperDuper: The BasicsShare
A program like SuperDuper is a rare find. It covers your backup needs with a simple interface. It’s got a fair price. And it’s meticulously documented. Next week we’ll look at some of the more advanced features – today we’ll hit the basics.
Your Mac doesn’t come with a backup program. You need to subscribe to Apple’s .Mac to access their backup tool. On the other hand, SuperDuper provides a free version that can create a full, bootable backup. After seeing how easy SuperDuper is to use you’ll want the full version which can update your backups in a fraction of the time.
Backup can be a complicated science. SuperDuper’s interface confirms your settings with clearly-worded summaries. The extensive documentation provides further guidance.
Depending on how you use your Mac you might want to maintain multiple backup versions. You could run a full backup once a week. You could run a changes-only backup every day that runs quickly and backs up the day’s work. SuperDuper can also create a mirror-type backup that deletes files in the backup that you’ve deleted on your working disk.
How you use your Mac drives your strategy. You have to ask yourself how far back you might need to go. Do you need to recover important files you’ve deleted? Or go back to a previous day’s version? Consider those kinds of questions as you develop your strategy. Disk space is less expensive all the time. A 500GB drive can hold multiple backup versions of your Macbook’s drive.
SuperDuper suggests using a dedicated disk to store your backup. But you can also store your backup in an image file that can be restored to a disk and booted from. If you plan on using an external disk consider Firewire for its flexibility and speed.
Your disk could fail any day. Murphy’s Macbook Pro died without warning. A few weeks later the G5 wouldn’t boot. If you haven’t been backing up you should at least download the free version of SuperDuper today and make yourself a full backup.Watch Now | Permalink