G by GUESS Women's Romio Metallic Quilted Sneakers B07DTY9HPZ 9 B(M) US|White

Women's ISO Running Shoe B078PHHNFS 11.5 B(M) US|Blue/Navy/Purple Saucony Ride nvpxnv820-Road Running

Saucony Women's Ride ISO Running Shoe B078PHHNFS 11.5 B(M) US|Blue/Navy/Purple

Northside Womens Burke II Sport Athletic Sandal B00E7OOUNS 6 B(M) US|Grey/Purple

by David Saunders on February 15, 2019

Women's ISO Running Shoe B078PHHNFS 11.5 B(M) US|Blue/Navy/Purple Saucony Ride nvpxnv820-Road Running

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!”Vibram Women's Men's Furoshiki Phulkari Sneaker B01B8VKPG8 SM (US Men's 7.5 - 8.5, US Women's 6.5 - 7)|White FlowerPUMA Women's Tsugi Shinsei Evoknit Wn Sneaker B072Y1LNKZ 11 M US|Infinity-blue Indigo-whisper White 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:

  1. For the event that your hard drive fails and gets replaced.Blondo Women's Gennie Waterproof Sneaker B079G27FWH 5.5 B(M) US|Light Pink Suede
  2. For the event that your Mac fails and you decide to replace it.Helly Hansen Women's Arabella Winter Boot B01ND3XZRT 7 B(M) US|Weiss/Brindle/Taupe Gr

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 Rockport Women's Sabrina Boot B00SK4FMKG 7 B(M) US|BlackThey 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).

  1. SuperDuper! – hard drive clone.
  2. Time Machine – Apple’s built-in backup system.

And my bonus local backup:

CLARKS Unstructured Women's Un.Loop Slip-On Shoe B002D9L2TO 6.5 B(M) US|Navy

SuperDuper! is software that creates an exact bootable clone of your hard drive. You can find it at the Dr. Martens Women's Pascal Leather Combat Boot B00SBEUZ9I 7 UK/9 M US|Lead site. Let me tell you how this averted disaster for me on at least two occasions.

SuperDuper! getting started.

PUMA Women's Carson 2 Wn Sneaker B072KCSHFN 5.5 B(M) US|Puma Black

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. Minnetonka Women's Ankle Hi Tramper Boot B004UEM6IG 6 B(M) US|GreyMy 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:Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top B01G4AU27A US Men 11 / US Women 13|Navy. Nice.

Using SuperDuper!, I cloned the drive. When the clone finished, I rebooted the iMac and caused it to boot from the external drive.Sam Edelman Women's Calexa Fashion Boot B072NXRD9V 5 B(M) US|Blue/Gold Glitter Fabric 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.Dr. Martens Women's Telkes Fashion Boot B01MU7WBJD 9 Medium UK (11 US)|Cherry Red Temperley+sports Spacer Mesh 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.

Vans Authentic B0198WRPZI 7 D(M) US|Neon Green/Blue

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,Stuart Weitzman Women's Pure Ankle Boot B071GS5F2J 11.5 B(M) US|Black Nappa 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,Merrell Women's Thermo Vortex 6" Waterproof Snow Boot B01MYZI3G0 5.5 B(M) US|Black 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. CLARKS Women's Tamitha Rose Boot B01N6GI103 12 B(M) US|Black LeatherWhen 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:

  1. Boot from the external drive (a clone of my hard drive)
  2. Open SuperDuper! and tell it to restore everything
  3. Wait until SuperDuper! is done and quit.
  4. Shut down the computer
  5. Remove the external drive
  6. 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.

New Balance Women's wx857v2 Casual Comfort Training Shoe B01CQVZ9IS 7.5 2A US,White/Blue

In this case, the hard drive may or may not have failed,Propet Women's Dayna Ankle Bootie B06XRQCFWR 6 2E US|Tan 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! Cole Haan Women's Abbot Ankle Boot B01LZ5L7WP 7 C US|Stormcloud SuedeYou’re getting the new OS X version, already installed in that computer. Badgley Mischka Women's Davis Pointed Toe Flat B01MAVX9Z5 9 M US|Calypso Blue.

Trust the Apple Time Machine to bring over all your settings and apps to the new computer.

Trotters Women's Simmy Mary Jane Flat B00HQ1F470 8 W US|Dark Blue

What was the third backup (of sorts) mentioned earlier? That’s the sync between my main computer and my travel computer.Lucky Brand Women's Jana Fashion Boot B06XCV7VNC 5.5 B(M) US|BrindleThat’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: Sam Edelman Women's Packer Ankle Boot B06XC3K1HP 8 B(M) US|Putty Leather.

Trotters Women's Accent Ballet Flat B073BW38SD 11 N US|Natural Linen

Keep two backups of your computer:

  1. SuperDuper!
  2. Time Machine


Lowa Women's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot B003UM1SKQ 6 W US|Stone

Donald J Pliner Women's Bowery Ankle Boot B01N4KUYU6 8 B(M) US|BlackThe Fix Women's Joelle Cowboy Style Ankle Boot B074JMXPFJ 9.5 B(M) US|Black Leather

{ Lucky Brand Women's Basel Boot B074QT5D1P 11 B(M) US|Black Velvet }

FRYE Women's Jackie Button Riding Boot B00TPUHV3A 9.5 B(M) US|Black-76579

Aerosoles Women's Quick Role Knee High Boot B074GGFVVN 12 M US|Black Fabric

February 23, 2016

Here’s a random find from my studio. It’s the original Voice Name List for the Korg 01/Wpro and 01/WproX Synthesizers. It includes the original Programs and Combinations. Let me know if this helps! 01Wpro 01WproX Voice Name List (PDF)

Read the full article → Propet Women's Ridgewalker Low Boot B01AYQ5Q58 6 B(M) US|Gunsmoke MelonBella Vita Women's Delfina Ankle Bootie B071CWNZF1 8 W US|Navy Kid Suede
October 23, 2015

This is now my 4th post on transposing a song imported from iTunes. This is for version 10.1.0 of GarageBand, which came with OS X 10.11 El Capitan. See my third post if you’re using GarageBand 10.0.3 to transpose a song imported from iTunes. My previous post was written in January 2014. If you have an earlier […]

Stuart Weitzman Women's Lofty Ankle Boot B0747XL84G 8 B(M) US|Black Calf

Women's ISO Running Shoe B078PHHNFS 11.5 B(M) US|Blue/Navy/Purple Saucony Ride nvpxnv820-Road Running

Naturalizer Women's Rebecca Boot B06X92R97W 8.5 W US|Grey

December 8, 2014

Extend Your Network with an AirPort Extreme This is my second post on using an Apple Airport Extreme to extend the range of your wireless network. The Airport Extreme and the software utility to set it up have changed quite a bit since my first post over 6 years ago! But the concepts are still […]

Read the full article → SoftWalk Women's Ramsey Boot B019QMJLK2 10.5 N US|Black Suedeonlymaker Women's Rivet Studded Platform High Heel Pointed Toe Lace up Ankle Boots B015SPSNJQ 8 B(M) US|Purple.
November 19, 2014

SEO by Content Creation   I wish the SEO books had been written years ago when I started creating the website (using a text editor) for our family apartment buildings. Not much was available at the time. Fortunately, we discovered what the search engines of the time were looking for and applied the principles. Amazingly, the […]

Read the full article →