5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2008 7:14 AM by MGW
David Schlachter1 Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
I see that the new version of Super Duper is now available, and I am wondering if anyone has any advice as to which is the better (Super Duper vs Time Machine) to use.
I sort of like the idea of using the software that Apple produces, but I also like the bootable clone that Super Duper would make. Is it possible to use both on an external HD?
Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (27,020 points)
    I have been a huge proponent of using SuperDuper!, having a bootable clone is invaluable. Time Machine is fine for retrieving previous states, but restoring from a SD clone is fast and accurate. The two are not mutually exclusive, but I personally don't use TM, SD covers all the bases for me.

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  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,915 points)
    Hello David:

    I have been using (and recommending) SuperDuper for a couple of years. I still use it (now that it is finally completely Leopard compatible). However, I find Time Machine a real ++. I use it on both of my iMacs. I have retrieved cookie files that disappeared twice - saving me substantial time. If (heaven forbid) one has to completely restore, TM makes that very easy by simply booting from your software install DVD.

    In summary, both are OK. I am on the edge.... and probably will drop SD after a couple more updates to OS X 10.5.

  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
    Hi David Schlachter1-

    A bootable clone is something you should have locked away in a fireproof safe, preferably far away from the office, no matter what backup program that you use.

    Nothing will save your data if a catastrophe wipes out the office and/or physical hardware on which both original and backup reside.

    To answer your question, you can do that but what do you gain by having all of your eggs in one basket and on one drive?


  • David Schlachter1 Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    Miriam, Barry, DaddyPaycheck
    Thank you for the replies/advice.
    I am going to use Super Duper and see how that goes.
  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (27,020 points)
    BTW, we never answered the second part of your question - yes indeed, you can have them both on the same external, just partition it and use one for SD the other for TM.


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