From simple folder sync and backup apps to fully automated cloning, the options are many and varied.
One of the best ways to backup a Mac is through the use of two external hard disks. One for Time Machine. One for a bootable clone. If you go the cloning route– and you should– more options appear, including Clone X which might be the simplest of the cloning apps.
Clone X’s claim to fame is bootable backups. It comes with four basic backup functions, any of which requires a click or two to implement.
- Copy an Entire Mac Disk
- Clone the Mac’s System
- Restore a Backup
- Create a Minimal System Disk
The app’s pop up window gives you the choices.
From within Clone X you can copy an entire disk of files and folders to another disk. Or, copy files but without the User files and settings.
An entire disk can be restored to a Mac without the User’s files. And, you can create a minimal OS X system disk for a backup or to a USB thumb drive. The clone function may be the best option because it creates a disk drive that can be a perfect copy of your Mac’s disk, and fully bootable on any new Mac.