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  • 5.0 stars

    "XLNT performance, Cloned my RAID 0 2TB in 3 hours-eSATA"

    April 27, 2011  |   By rexer727

    Pros

    Simple interface; Clones and makes System bootable (!); FAST working; secure

    Cons

    nothing to speak of, it works perfect

    Summary

    I gave SuperDuper a pretty difficult assignment, and that was Cloning my RAID 0 2TB volume that runs my PowerMac G5 externally, from an eSATA FirmTek SeriTek 2eEN4 Hot Swap RAID Enclosure through FirmTek 2SE2E Bus Masters (two of them in the G5 for the RAID boot volume, a 3rd for my iTunes Library, another FirmTek RAID Enclosure which is also 2TB in size), and finally through the G5 to an external FireWire 400 enclosure with a 2TB Hitachi SATA II 7200RPM HD! So you can see it was no easy task, and yet SuperDuper could apparently "see" all the various devices involved with the Cloning operation and successfully Cloned, and made bootable the Cloned image, and blessed the System folder too, apparently according to the log the program left me. So I was impressed to say the least, as there's probably nothing more difficult than what I asked of the program and it succeeded 100%, as I booted the Mac G5 off the FireWire HD to check the System folder and it worked perfectly fine!

    Previously I was using Time Machine with my RAID system, but it's gotten to be so cumbersome and inadequate to use Time Machine, with backups taking forever and some failures with the utility also, so I gave up on Time Machine 100% with that particular RAID volume. It works fine with my wife's Mac Pro notebook, no problems there to an external FireWire WD 1TB My Book Pro, but the backup of my RAID volume in the G5 just got out of control with Time Machine, hence I wanted to try a direct Cloning operation with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner, and since Super Duper worked so well I didn't have to resort to using CCC, a big relief! The whole operation took about 3.5 hours, so it was not for the faint of heart shall I say, but I stuck it out and watched the whole operation and it was slow, methodical, and SuperDuper went about its duties one by one by one and got it done!

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  • Reply by ctunno6644 on May 16, 2011

    I'm new at this, will this program restore programs also. I just purchased a new MacBook pro with preloaded software, not disks. Don't feel good w/o a way to restore programs. Thanks

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