Performance Women's Go Walk 3 Slip-On Shoe B00KYCIAEC 6 B(M) US|Black Skechers Walking nvnlpk2988-Walking
I am often asked if I have a backup of my Mac. And unfortunately for the person asking the question, I’m a little like the watchmaker who, when you ask him what time it is, he tells you how to make a watch. First the answer is definitely, “yes!”Jessica Simpson Women's Mandayss Ballet Flat B00WGASRBG 7.5 B(M) US|Slater TaupeAhnu Women's Mens Hiking Boot B071G3FDSZ 11 B(M) US|Dark Brown In fact, I have 3 local backups of sorts.
I contend that you must have at least two different local backups, for two likely events:
- For the event that your hard drive fails and gets replaced.ECCO Womens Soft VII High-Top Fashion Sneaker B00RC7QXDM 39 EU/8-8.5 M US|Black
- For the event that your Mac fails and you decide to replace it.Ariat Men's Cruiser Slip-on Shoe B014MGLQLE 8 2E US|Earth Brown/Hunter
And if you have the two backups that I suggest below, you can recover from either event in just a few minutes to an hour or so.
So if you haven’t already, purchase two external hard drives. Cobb Hill Women's Penfield Boot B01MZDJ6NL 6 B(M) US|Bordeaux LeatherThey should be the same storage capacity as the drive that you are backing up. I like the Lacie Thunderbolt drives for this purpose. But you may like another drive better, and that’s just fine. As long as the drives are reliable, your data will be safely stored for the day that disaster comes.
So without belaboring the point, I will tell you what my two backup systems and my bonus backup (my 3rd local backup).
- SuperDuper! – hard drive clone.
- Time Machine – Apple’s built-in backup system.
And my bonus local backup:
- NIKE Womens Free Focus Flyknit Mesh Breathable Trainers B01MA1PAT9 7.5 B(M) US|Green Glow Glacier Volt 302
- YDN Women Peep Toe Sky High Heels Platform Pumps Ankle Straps Shoes Metal Stilettos B07CPZ6L84 6 M US|Leopard
- adidas Women's Nemeziz 17.4 Fg W Soccer Shoe B0711S2ZD7 8 B(M) US|Trace Blue/Red Zest/Core Black
- Bogs Women's Bmoc Wool Snow Boot B01N69CHH7 11 B(M) US|Charcoal
- Spring Step Women's Lolita Sandal B002WTCFTQ 35 M EU / 5 B(M)|Black
- New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Crush V1 Cross Trainer B0751PDNNH 8.5 B(M) US|Dusted Peach/Sunrise Glo
- PUMA Women's Suede Heart Reset WN's Fashion Sneaker B01J5NU656 10 M US|Soft Fluo Yellow-soft Fluo Yellow
- SoftWalk Women's Rocklin Chelsea Boot B019QNLKDM 6 B(M) US|Dark Brown Crocodile
- David Tate Women's Natalie Bootie B01B8DOVIY 9 B(M) US|Black Suede
- Pleaser Women's Swan-654/BS Platform Sandal B005NCY7BI 5 B(M) US|Black Suede
- KEEN Chandler CNX Shoe B01921GGKK 2 Youth US Big Kid|Gargoyle/True Blue
- Steve Madden Women's Slammin Over The Knee Boot B076X1FXB3 8 M US|Red
- Fergalicious Women's Bata Wide Calf Western Boot B06XYH3VNR 8 B(M) US|Black
- STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Local Pump B077HV38T2 7 B(M) US|Yellow Suede
- Eldof Women Peep Toe Pumps Mid-Heel Pumps Formal Wedding Bridal Classic Heel Open Toe Stiletto B07F1MPXHS 8.5 B(M) US|Green
- Teva Women's W DE LA Vina Dos Tall Boot B01MU2DWI7 7 B(M) US|Bison
- New Balance Women's 501v1 Sneaker B0751QWT9T 10.5 B(M) US|Marblehead/Sunrise Glo
- Stuart Weitzman Women's Nearlynude Heeled Sandal B06XQ21P91 9.5 B(M) US|Black/Black
- Walstar Women's Casual Solid Plain Ballet Comfort Soft Slip On Flats ShoesNew Colors B01BFXBVIA 7 B(M) (Order Half Size UP)|Mint
- New Balance Women's Coast V4 FuelCore Running Shoe B075R3R9V2 8.5 B(M) US|Brass
- Columbia Women's Caprizee Leather Flip Athletic Sandal B01HEI48IK 8 B(M) US|Stone/Shark
- totes Women's Judy with Toggles Snow Boot B00GWZIWDO 7 B(M) US|Black
- adidas Performance Women's Alphabounce W Running Shoe B01H7WNQ1S 6.5 B(M) US|Granite/White/Black
- Easy Street Women's Kelsa Harness Boot B071ZM7CD6 9.5 N US|Tan/Embossed
- Hush Puppies Women's Polished Overton Riding Boot B019X8BZYO 6 W US|Black Wp Leather
- OLUKAI Kualona - Women's Slip-on Comfort Boot B01N1SD95K 6 B(M) US|Black
- Vionic Womens Daphne B01NAUEVEW 9.5 B(M) US|Black
- Josef Seibel Women's Sienna 03 Boot B01CYXJV0A 38 EU/7-7.5 M US|Ocean
- Roper Women's Barnyard Camo Lady Rain Shoe B00LEWT4NW 7 B(M) US|Black
- Skechers Women's Ultra Flex Bright Horizon Sneaker B01N5ROUO8 5 B(M) US|Navy Pink
- Cambridge Select Women's Closed Toe Glitter Encrusted Lace-up Casual Sport Fashion Sneaker B07DXF6529 6.5 B(M) US|Navy
- Supra Vaider LC Sneaker B01N29TLL0 Medium / 10.5 C/D US Women / 9 D(M) US Men|Red-white
- LifeStride Women's Adriana Ankle Bootie B06XQ93R6D 8 B(M) US|Mushroom
- WHITE MOUNTAIN Shoes 'Holland' Women's Sandal B06XKY26SH 8 M US|Black
- Vibram Men's and Women's Furoshiki Murble Sneaker B01HCEOPBQ EU:40-41/UK MAN:6-7.5/UK WOMAN:7.5-8.5/CM:25-26/US MAN:7-8.5/US WOMAN:8.5-9.5|Faded Indigo
- Laredo Women's Performair Washable Western Boot Square Toe - 5955 B01LWUK47A 6 B(M) US|Burgundy
- Sync to another Mac computer
Merrell Women Moab Fst Hiking Shoe B01IFGJ20O 10.5 B(M) US|Beet Red
SuperDuper! is software that creates an exact bootable clone of your hard drive. You can find it at the SeaVees Men's Monterey Standard Sneaker B07886P58V 12 M US|White site. Let me tell you how this averted disaster for me on at least two occasions.
Aerosoles Women's Quick Role Knee High Boot B074GFVC1W 9 W US|Taupe Fabric
A few years back, I had an iMac that began failing after running for an hour or so. For a few days, the time to failure got a little shorter. I had a backup, but wasn’t looking forward to putting everything back on a new hard drive. I knew that cloning a drive was theoretically possible, but I had never put it to the test.
I began by searching for software that would make an exact, bootable copy of the hard drive. Dr. Comfort Vigor Women's Therapeutic Diabetic Extra Depth Hiking Boot Leather Lace B00IO6JU4O -8.5 Narrow (AA-A) Black Lace US Woman|BlackMy research turned up SuperDuper! I figured out that if I let the computer power down and cool off, it would run long enough to finish the cloning of the drive. That was fortunate, and not usually the way things work out.
I purchased an internal hard drive and connected it with an adapter that turns an internal drive into an external drive. Bonus:Steve Madden Women's Ezra Fashion Boot B074PFF935 6 B(M) US|Taupe. Nice.
Using SuperDuper!, I cloned the drive. When the clone finished, I rebooted the iMac and caused it to boot from the external drive.CLARKS Women's Wilrose Sage Ankle Bootie B01N0Q6QTS 10 B(M) US|Black To my amazement, although much slower than the internal hard drive, the computer booted up and I saw my desktop screen exactly as I expected. Every icon in place.CLARKS Women's Maypearl Oasis Engineer Boot B01N6IYY8I 7 B(M) US|Dark Tan I tried a few programs to convince myself that I had indeed cloned the drive. All of my little tests worked perfectly.
To finish the job, I found an explanation of how to replace the internal iMac drive on YouTube. I removed the failing drive from my iMac and put the cloned in its place. I closed everything up and powered up.
The iMac was working exactly as before the change, only better. The hard drive was faster and had a higher capacity. Win win.
FRYE Women's Harness 12R Boot B000IV8KNK 12 B(M) US|Tan Crazy Horse-77300
This case, rather recently, made me glad that I follow my own rules of backing everything up (twice) before applying an OS X update. In this case, I was updating to El Capitan (OS X 10.11), so I made my usual SuperDuper! clone, as well as the Time Machine backup.
Upon installing the update, I got the spinning color wheel. After several attempts to restart the process, it stayed spinning over night. I made an appointment for the local Apple Genius Bar, hopefully they could help my finish the update.
They had never heard of a Retina Macbook Pro SSD drive failing–until that day. Apparently, by downloading the update,The North Face Womens Shellista III Tall B01MT0TVBC 10.5 B(M) US|Frost Grey/Iron Gate Grey (Past Season) the drive accessed an area that had not previously been accessed. And so I was caught in a loop. The update had gotten to that spot where the old OS was no longer available,Brunswick Ladies Eclipse Bowling Shoes- White/Silver/Purple B01HH38LG2 9|White/Silver/Purple but the new OS had not been fully installed.
The Apple Genius asked if I had a backup. I smiled and simply said yes. I wanted to tell him all about my various backup procedures, but I refrained.
So, the procedure at this point was to replace the SSD drive. Vans Authentic B002OL38RK 8.5 US Men / 10 US Women|Espresso/True WhiteWhen asked if I wanted them to restore from a backup, I declined. I knew that I might have better results with my SuperDuper! backup than with the Time Machine backup.
In this instance, where only the hard drive is being replaced, SuperDuper! is by far the easiest recovery. I followed the instructions on the Shirt-Pocket website:
- Boot from the external drive (a clone of my hard drive)
- Open SuperDuper! and tell it to restore everything
- Wait until SuperDuper! is done and quit.
- Shut down the computer
- Remove the external drive
- Boot the computer as normal
As I had experienced previously, everything came back exactly as it had been before the failure. I then updated to El Capitan without incident. I’m writing this post from that computer.
Laredo Kadi Boot B000KD2ZPU 8.5 C(W) US|Black
In this case, the hard drive may or may not have failed,Skechers Women's Wave-Lite Sneaker B076583Y46 7 B(M) US|Slate but some other vital component has failed, and the best option is to replace the computer. Here’s where Time Machine really shines. Time Machine brings a new computer as close to the same as your old computer as it possibly can.
In the case of a new computer, you probably don’t want a clone of the drive! Reebok Women's Royal Nylon Fashion Sneaker B01ANHAR7U 6 B(M) US|Us-white/White/SteelYou’re getting the new OS X version, already installed in that computer. Naturalizer Women's Dayln Slouch Boot B071ZBDCY1 4.5 B(M) US|Brandy.
Trust the Apple Time Machine to bring over all your settings and apps to the new computer.
NIKE Women's Air Zoom Structure 21 Running Shoe B079322ZB3 6 B(M) US|Provence Purple/Green Glow
What was the third backup (of sorts) mentioned earlier? That’s the sync between my main computer and my travel computer.PUMA Women's Carson 2 Wn Sneaker B01MZ0C5DR 6.5 B(M) US|Puma Black-goldThat’s the topic of another post. I’ll write that one soon. If you’re interested, ask about it in the comments below. I’ll gladly tell you what that third backup is all about. Hint: Skechers Women's D'Lites-Spark Interest Sneaker B078JBR95R 10 B(M) US|Grey Mint.
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Cruz V1 Running Shoe B01M1NVDPQ 6 D US|Black/Sea Salt
Keep two backups of your computer:
- Time Machine