Review: Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac enables you to back up or copy folders or drives

With its quick performance and extensive features, Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac stands out as a top drive copy or backup program. You'll find its well-thought-out menus and controls easy to use even if you're a new Mac OS X user. Its powerful features won't disappoint you, either.

Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac installs as a free 30-day trial version. After starting, the program walks you through a tutorial presenting its main functions. It also includes a useful Help file in case you need more assistance. To get started, you have to use a drop-down box to … Read more

Review: iDupe for Mac scans your iTunes library and removes duplicate tracks

iDupe is designed to help you remove any duplicate tracks from your iTunes library with an outside scan action. After loading the app, you can select specific tracks in your library and run a scan to detect any duplicates and then take action to remove them, rename them, or check them again. The app offers a number of options for how you treat the duplicates you find; and while the interface is a bit rudimentary, it all works fairly well for removing those dead and extra tracks from your system.

After installation, which is fairly straightforward, iTunes will open automatically … Read more

Rename files using A Better Finder Rename for Mac

Larger hard drives have led to mass amounts of saved and hard-to-catalogue files. A Better Finder Rename for Mac can help rename your files into whatever cataloging system you wish. This is definitely useful when going through old files, but it's also useful to keep new files searchable.

A Better Finder Rename for Mac allows for quick renaming of files using a wide selection of customizable options. The program uses an easy drag-and-drop feature to select files. The user selects which criteria to apply for the suggested new names and then is given the option to modify the names … Read more

Zap dupes with Duplicate File Finder

Once upon a time, duplicate files were so evil that no expense and effort was spared to hunt them down, terminate them, and erase every trace of their existence. Hard drives grew, and duplicate files became less of a problem. Then came digital cameras, MP3s, and video, and suddenly duplicate files are once again threatening to take over the world, but today's duplicates are sometimes bigger than entire hard drives were back when dupes were space-sucking villains.

Fortunately, the duplicate file finders have kept pace, and today's tools are far better than yesterday's at identifying and filtering … Read more

Do I really have five copies of 'Norwegian Wood'?!

With terabyte disks, duplicate files are a matter of convenience, not capacity. Today's tools actually do a great job at what earlier programs failed to do: distinguish actual duplicate files by more than name or size. NoDupe from OTIS Soft compares the actual content of files, not just their attributes or metadata. This free tool's specialty is finding duplicate music files.

NoDupe's user interface is very plain but super-easy to understand: Tabs for Search and Results in the main window, and one entry, a Help file (which also accesses the log), in the menu bar. To the … Read more

Rename huge batches of files easily

This awkwardly named utility (now known as "Better Rename" in the Mac App Store) can be extremely useful in some very specific situations. Anyone who needs to rename large batches of files on a daily basis--especially Web developers and anybody working with lots of photos or audio files--should definitely check out A Better Finder Rename. Most of what this app does can also be done with the Finder and Automator, but nowhere near as quickly nor as easily.

ABFR offers a huge number of renaming options, everything from modifying text and adding sequence numbers to changing formats and … Read more

Down with duplicates

Duplicate images can take up a lot of space on your hard drive, but it's not always easy to locate, compare, and delete the duplicates. DupeGuru Picture Edition is a search utility that's made especially for this purpose. It didn't work exactly as we expected it to, but in the end it seemed to be pretty effective.

The program's interface is plain and not particularly intuitive. We decided to test the program by intentionally creating some duplicate images in a particular folder, and once we figured out how to select the proper directory, we had DupeGuru … Read more

Hard-drive carbon copy--without the mess

Carbon Copy Cloner is a simple, donation-ware utility for cloning entire drives, performing incremental backups, and scheduling ongoing backups. This app has a long track record as one of the most useful and reliable disk utilities available, and its interface and features (especially for scheduling) have only gotten better. Its also kept up with the Mac OS, adding support for HFS+ filesystem compression. Other recent updates have integrated support and documentation into the app better, speeded up recovery of files from damaged volumes, and ensured that Carbon Copy Cloner excludes the Time Machine database.

Carbon Copy Cloner makes it very … Read more

Dupe zapper

Microsoft's Outlook does a good job of retaining all kinds of useful information, but its power and complexity make it entirely too easy to end up with multiple entries for e-mail or addresses. Wisco's NoMoreDupes for Outlook add-on searches out and deletes duplicate entries throughout Outlook. It can help you keep your e-mail addresses and saved messages neat and orderly, but it does much more. It finds duplicate entries in your Contacts as well as duplicate e-mails, but it also searches through your Outlook Appointments, Notes, Tasks, and Journal entries, clearly identifying duplicates, some of which you may … Read more

Duplicate file finder

Dupehunter Professional provides users with a simple tool for finding and erasing bulky duplicate files. With a simple layout, users of all levels will clear up computer space/

We ignored the mostly uninformative Help file because the program's interface was strengthened by a five-part wizard that walked us through every step of the dupe-hunting process. With the wizard we were able to quickly select folders for scanning and algorithms to search by, though we used the default option because the custom algorithm options required a higher level of computer expertise. The program whipped through our files in a few … Read more