Introduction: Create a Bootable Backup of Mac
Have you ever been in a situation when your MacBook hard drive crashes and all the important data from the laptop is missing or is completely lost? Have you ever felt that you need to back up your data but you do not know how to do it? You can not only back up your data but you can clone your entire hard drive on external devices and do not have to fear to lose them in the future. I have tried to portray the steps to back up data and break them down to make it easier for the audience groups.
- USB or external hard drive
- MacBook or iMac as accessible
- SuperDuper application software which can be downloaded from the link below:
To download SuperDuper Application, navigate through the link provided above and select download and run the downloaded file.
Here we are installing SuperDuper application, so double-click SuperDuper to run it. Once it is done, ignore the warning and choose open.
After installing and launching the cloning app, you'll need to choose where to store the backup. In the left drop-down menu, choose your Mac volume to back up. Then choose the destination volume in the right drop-down menu.
You can back up to an external drive, networked computer, or an image file (which you can store on a network volume or locally).
There are few built in backup scripts for backing up all files or just your user files.
Choose "Backup-all files" for your complete and bootable backup of your system.
If you click the "Options…" button, you'll be able to specify the computer to "Erase Backup, then copy files from Macintosh HD", which is the default option. This will erase the destination volume at the start to ensure the result is an exact copy. The other options let you do incremental backups which will save you time.
If you want to set up automated backups, you'll hit the "Schedule…" button instead. In the scheduling screen, you tell the application when you want the backups to run.
After reviewing the choices, click "OK" and the cloning will now begin. The program will automatically make bootable copies of your Mac on the schedule you chose, deleting older backups on the same drive if you run out of space.