Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2011 8:40 PM (in response to Spprrw)
If you Google "Apricorn" you will find that it is a maker of storage products like hard drives. Did you buy a hard drive and this software was included? SuperDuper! is the premier hard drive cloning/backup software for Mac OS X. I have personally used it for many years. It is simply the best there is in its category. If it came with an Apricorn product they probably have an agreement with the makers of SuperDuper! (Shirt Pocket Software) to include SuperDuper! with their hard drives. If you bought it separately then Best Buy is pulling the wool over you eyes. SuperDuper! is shareware and what you have is probably a trial version.
The little padlock you speak of asks for your admin password when you click it. This allows the program to operate without asking you for your admin password every time you use it. This is totally optional. You do not have unlock the little padlock icon. You can simply enter your admin password any time you use SuperDuper!
You should visit Shirt Pocket Software's website and download the latest version of SuperDuper! IT has had an update or two since 2010.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2011 11:29 PM (in response to Spprrw)
I bought this software at a BestBuy store. It came with a disc which I loaded up. I went to install it and it says it's from a company called "Apricorn". It is a USB connection SATA drive.
It says SuperDuper!.dmg in the window and when I click it loads up and tells me to put it in my application folder.
I clicked yes then it told me to drag it to my app folder. When I tried to run it, it told me to click the lock so that it could make changes without the admin password
You bought an external HD and it came with a software disc?
Well I never heard of "Apricorn." I agree with lkrupp above, probably some agreement with SD.
I use both SuperDuper and CarbonCopyCloner. One nice thing about SD is when I run it I do not have to enter my admin psswd. CCC every single time I have to enter the admin psswd, kind of a pain.
You do not have to use SD if you don't want to install it, obviously.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.4GHz IntelCore i5 320 HD 8GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2011 6:07 AM (in response to Spprrw)
Thank you the both of you.
I did not buy and external hard drive with SuperDuper. I have a broken black macbook that I needed the files from, so I pulled the drive out of that and hooked it up to super duper to transfer what I needed (using the old macbook hard drive as an external now).
I have just never seen something like that before.
What about when it said that it "was a file downloaded from the safari in '10, when I had never downloaded it?"
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2011 6:29 AM (in response to Spprrw)
> What about when it said that it "was a file downloaded from the safari in '10, when I had never downloaded it?"
Then someone else downloaded it via Safari and the extended attribute tag was still on the file when you got it.
If you do not trust your SuperDuper! source, then go to Shirt-Pocket.com and download your own copy of SuperDuper!
SuperDuper! is a very reliable and hightly repected Mac OS X backup software package.
The equally respected Mac OS X backup package is Carbon Copy Cloner
Use whatever you like.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2011 6:56 AM (in response to Spprrw)
Clone programs such as SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner need to run with heightened (root) privileges because they need to copy "everything," and some items on a startup disk have restricted permissions such that a normal admin account can't access them. So its normal for such backup programs to require password authentication to gain "root" privileges. Carbon Copy Cloner asks you for your admin password each time you run it; SuperDuper offers an option to "remember" the authentication between runs via "opening the padlock".
I had assumed that SuperDuper does this by storing the password somewhere, which would raise security concerns, but I then found this interesting thread in the SuperDuper support forum. Dave Nanian is the developer of SuperDuper. The thread is several years old, but is likely still valid. Here are its contents:
10-16-2006, 07:01 AM
Where/how does SD! store our admin password when we have the 'padlock' unlocked?
I has assumed that it was kept in the Keychain, but I was surprised to see that SD! stays unlocked no matter which account we are logged in to.
10-16-2006, 10:36 AM
We authenticate our copying tool the same way the system does (with "suid").
10-16-2006, 10:50 AM
I have no idea what that means Dave.
I guess I will re-lock the padlock and hope that my admin password wasn't ever written to disk...
10-16-2006, 10:54 AM
Your password was not written to disk, nor was it ever recorded or seen by SuperDuper!, actually.
Instead, a single application on the drive was given System permissions. Your password is only used to *authorize* this action: it's just like unlocking a preference pane (like Sharing).
10-16-2006, 11:17 AM
I wasn't really worried that SD! was stealing my admin password, just that by leaving the padlock open that SD! might be tossing my password around in clear text.
After some googling, I think I understand the suid concept...
10-16-2006, 11:21 AM
No, we definitely aren't. As I said, we never even really know what it is, since it's all handled by the authentication framework in OSX itself.