A Super Duper portable strategy

by Gordon Meyer

I can't add too much to the chorus of people who like Super Duper as a Mac OS X backup utility, mainly because I don't use it that way. (For backups I faithfully use psyncx.)

However, I am a very happy Super Duper customer. I use it because most of the time my primary computer is a desktop iMac. But when I have a presentation to give, or I'm otherwise going to be out of the office, I use Super Duper to copy my /Users directory to a PowerBook. This ensures I have all of my files (and the different user accounts that I use) with me when I need them. When I get home another Super Duper session back to the iMac and I'm once again current and have all the changes I made while on the road. Because I have to do this somewhat regularly, I use the "changed files only" option to reduce the time it takes; but overall it's definitely fast enough and very, very convenient.

I know that I'm missing out by using Super Duper as a one trick pony, but it's a good trick that is essential for my current working style, so I'm happy. If you're faced with a similar need, I suggest you give it a try.

5 Comments

frank s
2006-05-02 19:02:34
This seems like a forum for my backup is better than your backup. That said, I use Synk. Take a look. It just works! Straightforward and easy to use.
hellmachine
2006-05-02 23:59:06
drop your /user folder on a 2.5" pocket drive. go to netinfo manager and set your user path to the user folder on the pocket drive and you are done. it did this for years switching between work and home machine. now i own a macbook pro ;-)
B
2006-05-03 08:54:00
another very satisfied SuperDuper user here...
fyi some interesting discussion about several backup programs here, follow the links therein:
http://davidweiss.blogspot.com/2006/05/sad-state-of-mac-os-backups.html
Gazzer
2006-05-04 05:15:45
Gordon,
I'm interested in your experience with pysnc on Tiger. I always used psync and cron for my backups, but I have heard that psync doesn't work for Spotlight stuff etc. Plus the split branches of Jacek's vs. Dan's:
http://www.jacek-dom.net/software/psync/
I'm not sure that it is the best way anymore. I liked CCC because I could define directories individually too. I never used psyncx. If you could install Dan's stuff a cronjob was pretty basic :-) Also, I think that psyncx installs psync into /usr/bin which is not a great idea.
Gordon Meyer
2006-05-04 08:03:19
Good questions, Gazzer. I haven't had any problems with the items you've mentioned. Perhaps someone else reading can chime in and provide some detail. Anyone?