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SuperDuper for Mac

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SuperDuper is a popular, powerful, and easy-to-use app for quickly creating a fully bootable backup (or "clone") of your hard drive, whether you're recovering from a mishap or just migrating between machines. Even better, SuperDuper is free if you don't want to pay for its more advanced features, including scheduling, scripting, and "Smart Updates" (which save you time by making incremental updates to backups using only recent changes).

SuperDuper's interface sets out to make backups painless. Less technical users will love its friendly, plain-language approach--for example, explicitly explaining what will happen when you press a button. More-experienced users such as admins and QA testers will find plenty of more sophisticated features, from premade and customizable scripts to the ability to easily maintain multiple OS versions across different drives. SuperDuper comes with a full user guide, responsive support, and access to active forums.

Data loss is inevitable, and every Mac user should have a reliable backup system. SuperDuper makes the process easy, effortless, and almost enjoyable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the "Must Have" utilities every Mac user needs."

    August 11, 2013  |   By mpias

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    Simple to use and configure.
    Complete or incremental backups.
    Bootable backups make restores easy.
    Uses minimal resources. I generally don't notice when it's running.
    Excellent tech support.
    Inexpensive.

    Cons

    No folder or file backups. It just backs up the whole volume.
    Doesn't backup the recovery partition.

    Summary

    I've been using SuperDuper for years and it's never failed me. It's simple to configure, runs automatically (if you want) and generates bootable backups. If you have a problem, restoring from a backup couldn't be easier. I have found it to be more reliable than Time Machine.

    If you're looking for backup software that will backup specific files or directories, this isn't for you. However if you want to schedule a regular full or incremental backup that runs in the background without using too many system resources, this is it.

    I've tried a number of backup software packages over the years and SuperDuper is the most trouble free. It also doesn't hurt that it has excellent tech support and costs less than $30.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely vital app I use constantly"

    May 16, 2013  |   By primalpictures

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    I saw the negative reviews and all I can say is that those people are dummies. I've been using SuperDuper on several computers maintaining secondary and sometimes tertiary backups of many drives containing thousands of photo and video files. Every drive has a clone drive updated daily by SuperDuper. I've been doing this for about 4 years and have never had a problem. The software works exactly as it should. And it has saved my ass in a major way on 2 occasions. The price is nothing compared to the value you get should you need to go back to a backup.

    Cons

    No real cons if you understand how it works. it's no "Timemachine". If you accidently delete a file and the, Superduper does a back up, it also deletes the file from the back up. This is why I also do a 3rd back up of very important drives on a weekly basis.

    Also I don't like the way windows keep popping up every time the software goes to start a scheduled backup. I have a lot of drives so these windows pop up all day long. A minor inconvenience though.

    Summary

    I think I've said everything above. Lots of people I know use SuperDuper. it's a cornerstone app I think. Don't judge the free version for not doing what you want it to do. Pay the money so the programmers can pay their rent!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bad Product, Terrible Support, DONT BUY!"

    March 15, 2013  |   By Economist88

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    I have to write 10 characters, so I will. This product can sometimes be used for a full backup of a hard drive. Users of Time Machine, beware!! If it doesn't work, sucks to be you is what Shirt Pocket Support has to say about that.

    Cons

    The actual product is very limited and poorly made, especially for the incredibly high price of $27.95... Might be worth $5.00... but even that's a stretch.. For what this product can do, just use the Disk Utility built into your Mac....

    While it will make a backup of a hard drive, it apparently is prone to not work with Time Machine, at which time the people at Shirt Pocket, the company that makes the software, will just tell you that Time Machine backups are poorly made error prone pieces of garbage. Which is funny, because there was no problem with my Time Machine backup, I used Carbon Copy Cloner and it did a perfect job.

    Summary

    Unless you enjoy being spoken down to by the Shirt Pocket Support, have $27.95 that you want to flush down the nearest toilet, and want to have to go spend the time and money to buy a different software that will work, I would avoid purchasing this software, and just go buy Carbon Copy Cloner instead which has much better software and support!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy to set up, simple to use, reliable, great support,"

    March 14, 2013  |   By naplen_dotmac

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    ease of use, simple instructions, amazing software support, rapid backup, can logon from the backup, the software has saved me from two Apple computer crashes and a time machine failure

    Cons

    only if one does not follow the simple instructions

    Summary

    some complain that the software only backups a full partition, not a portion of a partition. If this is a problem than simply create a separate partition for the data requiring backup.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Like It So Far"

    December 20, 2012  |   By OneEighteen

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    Allows separate backups of disks to other disks. I couldn't figure out how to do this with time machine.

    It will keep track of changes on the original drive and only back up changes.

    The interface is very clear with a dialog box that tells you exactly what is supposed to happen if you choose certain options.

    Your backup is not an unreadable obscure proprietary huge file. It's a copy of the original disk that you can look at with finder if you need to.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    I just bought a MacPro with a 500 GB SSD drive. Not great for storage, but very fast. I do a lot of photography and also need a big storage drive for my photo archives. I had some hard drives from my previous computer that weren't very old and I wanted to set up an internal and external backup system that would work with multiple drives. This lets me schedule a bootable backup of the SSD to a 1TB drive and another backup of the storage drive to a separate 2TB drive. I can also back these up to a set of portable drives that I keep in a separate location.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "avoid this software"

    December 3, 2012  |   By 3Dhendo

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    If I wanted to copy a whole partition this'd be great
    Sadly I don't, and it is useless as a straight backup tool

    Cons

    Awful, restricted demo with no real options
    Even paid-for version is lacking in decent backup options

    I want to backup data from one place to another - how hard is this?
    I don't want to copy a whole partition I just want to back folders
    Customer service are useless

    Summary

    Why would I spend money on your software when the demo version is so terrible?
    Don't promise things you can't deliver, I will never buy/try software from you again

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, but many problems"

    November 29, 2012  |   By sidney goldstein

    Version: SuperDuper 2.7.1

    Pros

    Copies entire partitions well. Even optimizes startup partitions when copying.

    Cons

    Only want part of partition copied or what to copy partition to part of another partition. An example.
    You have partition 1 with folder A and partition 2 with folders A, B, & C. Copying A from 1 to 2 is no easy matter, it's impossible unless you are a programmer . I've contacted SuperDuper many times about this problem. I've never received an answer or usable answer.

    Summary

    Great for some simple chores involving entire partitions. Not good for anything else.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Some good, but not enough"

    June 21, 2012  |   By KianM

    Version: SuperDuper 2.6.4

    Pros

    This product does quickly smart update one volume to another. It has a simple and easy interface. The tech support are quick to respond.

    Cons

    I have two bit issues. One is that when copying one hard drive to another it often fails. Not because of an error but because it runs out of space on the destination drive. This is because the destination drive has files the original doesn't have. Why can't those be deleted first before it transfers files over. The silliness of not letting people out of the elevator before pushing in new people kind of flummoxes me.
    Secondly, if SuperDuper hits a corrupt file it will completely stop the transfer. The annoying as hell thing is that it will quit and tell you the transfer was completely done successfully. So you can have a drive have a drive only half copied and think that everything is cleanly copied.

    Summary

    I use this a lot. I haven't found anything else that works well. It just has to be watched to work well. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Surprised how easy it was."

    May 19, 2012  |   By MacReseller

    Version: SuperDuper 2.6.4

    Pros

    Download, and go to work making a clone that easy.

    Cons

    None that I could find.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Did not work flawlessly"

    April 4, 2012  |   By dscs112

    Version: SuperDuper 2.6.4

    Pros

    Nice interface and great backup options, reasonable pice

    Cons

    froze up and did quit on me. Did not give feedback as to cause or remedy

    Summary

    I was not happy as it did not perform flawlessly.

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