SuperDuper for Mac

SuperDuper for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 246 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.5
  • Total Downloads:
    186,125
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 20, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; $27.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    2.9MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    616
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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SuperDuper for Mac lets you quickly back up your files or your entire hard drive, with multiple options for compression and storage location. Users of all experience levels can quickly take advantage of this app's tools and features to secure files and stay organized.

Pros

Backup options: With this program, you can choose what to copy and where to copy it to with just a few clicks. You can also choose to save your data as a Read Only Disk Image, a Read/Write "Sparse" Bundle, or a Read/Write "Sparse" Image. Compression level options include None, Low, Medium, and High, and you can opt to allow copying with or without Password Protection.

Clear explanations: As you work through the process of creating backups, you'll see clear explanations in non-technical language guiding you in the decisions you make. This makes the program much more accessible to newer users, but the tips don't slow down experienced users at all.

Cons

Creation time: The backups this program makes are not created quickly. That doesn't have to be a huge inconvenience, but you do need to be aware of and plan for the time necessary to complete the process. And this time will vary depending on how many files you're including in the backup.

Bottom Line

SuperDuper for Mac is a versatile and convenient tool to help you ensure the security of your files. Creating backups through this program is quick to initiate, and even though these backups may take some time to create, you can easily work around this limitation with a bit of planning. The app is free to try, and the full purchase price is $27.95.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SuperDuper for Mac 2.7.2.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Free! Works! Awesome!"

May 15, 2014  |  By Daisy_Pandora

 |  Version: SuperDuper 2.7.2

Pros

Worked first try no issues.

Cons

MINOR CON it takes a while, but I didn't expect 320GB to clone in minutes either. I don't think that's a software issue, I think it just depends on the amount of data you have.

Summary

Used it to clone and upgrade from 320GB to 1 TB hard drive. It is fantastic and you don't have to buy it, the free version will clone your drive easily

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5 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 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 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 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 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 stars

"avoid this software"

December 03, 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.7.5
The latest version of SuperDuper! is faster, better, compatible with Yosemite (in fact, it's compatible with OS X 10.6 and later), and improves many parts of the user experience. Of course, it still includes great features like Backup on Connect, Eject after Copy, Sparse Bundle support, lets you store a bootable backup alongside Time Machine backups, copy Time Machine backups to other drives, and run scheduled copies on demand. As with every update, we've polished and improved many other aspects as well. (A full list can be found by selecting Help > Revision History.)
General
Publisher Shirt Pocket
Publisher web site http://www.shirt-pocket.com/
Release Date November 20, 2014
Date Added November 20, 2014
Version 2.7.5
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.9MB
File Name SuperDuper!.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 186,125
Downloads Last Week 616
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $27.95

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