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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #1
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SuperDuper vs. CCC

I'm trying to figure out which program is better or if there is really any difference at all. I'm fully aware of time machine and what it will do, but I also want a program that will create a bootable clone.
Has anybody had experience with both programs?

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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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I've used both and they're both excellent. The full version of SuperDuper is more expensive than CCC and you need it to make an "intelligent clone" which only updates what needs to be if a clone was previously made. I used CCC to update only my home folder on the already existing cloned drive, and this saves a lot of time.
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #3
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SuperDuper! deserves its name

I confess to not having used (or even heard of!) CCC, but I've used numerous other automatic backup systems such as Retrospect, Silverkeeper, etc., and never found another that offers so much sophistication as SuperDuper! while requiring so little of its users. The printable online manual is written in language a tenth-grader could follow, the program takes up ridiculously little room, loads quickly and works properly every time. You can switch between drives at the touch of a button, to back up this one to that, that to this, another to something else or vice versa. The user forum is fantastic and the support friendly. I paid $33 for it in April - scarcely expensive _ and have been touting it ever since.
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #4
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Yeah I'm liking SuperDuper so far too, but Carbon Copy Cloner seems to do basically the same thing and it's FREE. I'm just wondering if there is any reason to pay the $30..00 for SuperDuper instead of going with the free CCC.
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Yeah I'm liking SuperDuper so far too, but Carbon Copy Cloner seems to do basically the same thing and it's FREE. I'm just wondering if there is any reason to pay the $30..00 for SuperDuper instead of going with the free CCC.
try to get customer support from CCC

Support from Super Duper is virtually instantaneous

I have heard back from Dave in less than an hour on any problem that I have had

Well worth the fee IMHO

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Old Oct 19th, 2007, 12:39 AM   #6
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try to get customer support from CCC

Support from Super Duper is virtually instantaneous

I have heard back from Dave in less than an hour on any problem that I have had

Well worth the fee IMHO

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Agreed. I got the same response level, along with a fix for the issue I had within the day. It was released the very next day to the public as well. Hard to find that level of service in any software these days.
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Old Oct 19th, 2007, 02:28 PM   #7
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I am a little confused: Isn't SuperDuper free for personal use?

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Old Oct 19th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #8
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I am a little confused: Isn't SuperDuper free for personal use?

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It's free if you want to start from scratch every time you backup, but if you want to only update files that have changed instead of re-copying the entire drive you have to register the program for about $30.00.

It sounds like a lot of people have had great luck with the program, and I have no problem spending a few extra $$$ for a top quality product with good support. I AM a mac user after all
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SuperDuper is free.... but with a serious limitation: in order to have the "smart copy" features (which compare and only update what has changed since the last update), you need to pay a license.
The free and limited version requires that you run a full new copy each time you make a backup, which is quite cumbersome when doing a backup of an 80Gb drive where only a few hundreds megs where changed since the last update.
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