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SuperDuper for Mac

$27.95
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 248 votes out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8
  • Total Downloads:
    215,459
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 23, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; $27.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    2.9MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    665
  • 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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2 stars

"Cumbersome"

December 14, 2015  |  By bobk1948

2015-12-14 12:16:42  |  By bobk1948

 |  Version: SuperDuper 2.8

Pros

Easy to download, install, and operate.

Cons

Compared to Clonezilla, this software is cumbersome. It requires 3 hard disks in order to recover from a catastrophic failure- the original when its in working order, a intermediary "cloner" that becomes the duplicate of the working original, and a new hard disk which replaces the original. Since I used Firewire-connected cloner, that had to always be outside the computer on the Firewire external enclosure. So when you have a failure of the original hd, you replace it NOT with the cloner, but with a new hd! Thus 3 disks. Very cumbersome.

Summary

In Clonezilla, you only need 2 hard disks. The original, in working condition, and the clone. After you've cloned, when the original fails, you simply pop the clone in its place. No 3rd hd needed! Alas, Clonezilla will not work on my PowerPC processor architecture.
So I was stuck with this software. It is difficult for me to remove my original hd from inside the case of my PowerPC Mac mini. It is still working, and I have produced a clone, but 3 hds? Cumbersome.

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5 stars

"Good, works as described."

November 17, 2015  |  By ackerrj

2015-11-17 08:17:08  |  By ackerrj

 |  Version: SuperDuper 2.8

Pros

I have Time Machine, which has saved me twice from HD failure. However, there are issues with Time Machine:

1. Time Machine backup is purposely designed to be NOT BOOTABLE. Therefore, if you have a failure, and your TM backup is good, you are still out of business until your failed hard drive is replaced and the data restored.

2. That being said, TM files are retrievable incrementally by looking back over time for older versions... once you are back up and running.

3. TM is also complex. It creates incremental backups... and can become confused. I have had to wipe backup HD's when TM had so many data layers that it became confused.

This product, Super Duper, is pretty simple. Give it an external drive or external drive partition and it will make a BOOTABLE backup of your Mac hard drive. This is incredibly important because, if your HD fails, you can just boot from the backup and your back in business, regardless of the condition of your original drive.

Cons

Little snitch firewall had to be reset when booting and running from the backup.

Summary

If you are not comfortable with disassembling your mac to replace the HD, this program will save you time and possibly money. You can still function from the bootable backup, even with a dead main HD. Time Machine will not do that for you.

This alone makes the program worth having.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8
2.8 works with El Capitan, the latest release of OS X, and produces fully bootable backups faster and easier than ever. You can keep this on its own volume, or you can even store and Smart Update it alongside your Time Machine backups. We even let you copy your Time Machine backups to other disks, so you can back them up or upgrade to a larger disk without losing your history.
General
Publisher Shirt Pocket
Publisher web site http://www.shirt-pocket.com/
Release Date September 23, 2015
Date Added September 23, 2015
Version 2.8
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.9MB
File Name SuperDuper!.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 215,459
Downloads Last Week 665
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $27.95

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