SuperDuper! for backup and recovery is highly recommended by regular Mac users. It’s easy to use and the directions are clear and friendly. I like to describe Time Machine as an Ooops fixer and SuperDuper! as an OMG! fixer.
You can download SuperDuper! right now and back up and clone your drives for free — forever! When you purchase SuperDuper! you can unlock scheduling, Smart Update (which saves a lot of time), Sandboxes, scripting and more! $27.95
Previously, we’ve focused only on backing up your Entourage Identity, but today we’re going to also include the importance of backing up your Office for Mac folder in Applications, recovery from a bad system update and backup on the fly using SuperDuper!
Backup your Office for Mac folder in Applications
You might ask, “Why do I need a backup of my Office for Mac folder?” If you’ve ever noticed these directions when you download an Office updater you’ll understand why.
Updates do not include an uninstall feature. To restore your application to its original state, delete it from your hard disk, reinstall Office from your original installation disk, and then install ALL updates.
I think we can all agree that the idea of removing Office and going through a reinstall and update is not something we want to do if there is an alternative. Failed updates can be specific to your computer or from a bug introduced in the updater itself. If you have a backup copy of Office on Time Machine, a clone created by SuperDuper! or even a zipped copy of the folder, you can replace the failed updated folder and be back to work in a matter of minutes.
Backup your Entourage Identity using SuperDuper!
SuperDuper!’s Smart Update feature will make a backup copy of your Entourage Identity along with all updated files to your clone, but you do need to quit all Microsoft applications including the Microsoft Database daemon before it’s backed up. I discussed the importance of quitting all Microsoft applications and the daemon in this article. You don’t want to backup your Identity and have a corrupt database because you didn’t quit all Microsoft applications and the daemon first.
SuperDuper! makes it easy to quit all Microsoft applications. You can select a shell script that does this for you in SuperDuper! You don’t even have to know or understand shell scripts to use it. Place the script anywhere you choose. I suggest you create a folder in your Documents folder.
Download shell script to quit all Microsoft applications and the daemon
Download Snow Leopard version of script
Let’s get started:
1. Select copy (select drive as source) to (select drive as destination). You’ll notice that SuperDuper’s window shows you exactly what has been selected.
5. Under the Advanced tab select your shell script to quit all Microsoft applications and the daemon. You can also select to run a script after backup. If you would like to start the Microsoft Database daemon so reminders and Spotlight caches are updated, download this script openmicrosoftdatabasedaemon.sh. Click OK after you make your selections.
Download Snow Leopard version of script
6. Schedule your backup.I suggest you schedule SuperDuper! to make a Smart Update daily. The only drawback of this type of backup is the file is overwritten each night and you don’t have snapshots of your database in case you need to go back in time to find a ‘good’ database. This is where having multiple backups come into play. If you also backup daily to Time Machine, you will have snapshots of your Identity, or you can use this option to create a chronological backup using FolderOrgX folder action. (can be used by Tiger users)
7. If your Macintosh is asleep when the time comes to run the backup, SuperDuper!’s scheduling won’t wake it up, so the backup won’t run. The way to handle this is to use the Energy Saver Preference Pane in System Preferences to schedule a wake (or “start up”) event for a minute before the backup is scheduled to run.
Personally, I run my Automator workflows to backup my Identity using the folder action to place the Identity into a dated folder as described in this article, just prior to my SuperDuper! backup. If your data is important don’t rely on just one backup option.
Test your backup. Click on the Copy Now button to test your setting while you can watch what is happening. If there is a problem, you can open the SuperDuper! log and it will tell you what went wrong.
Recover from a bad system update
One of the options in SuperDuper! is to create what the author calls a “Sandbox“. It’s used to revert to pre-update state of your OS. Here’s a description of how this option works:
A Sandbox is a bootable copy of your system, stored on another hard drive or partition, that shares your personal documents and data with the original. With SuperDuper!, you actually use the Sandbox as your startup volume. You can safely install any system updates, drivers or programs in the Sandbox, without worrying about what might happen to your system. If anything goes wrong, you can simply start up from the original system. SuperDuper! has preserved it in its original, pre-disaster state but all your new and changed personal documents are totally up to date. Within minutes, you’re up and running again without having to go through a difficult and time-consuming restore process.
Backup on the fly
For busy people that don’t want a scheduled backup, I found this hint on MacOSXHints that I’m passing on as an option to backup Entourage on the fly. This is also very handy as a way to backup when you are traveling.
Use a run-on-drive-connect SuperDuper backup script
Thu, Mar 19 2009 at 7:30AM PDT • Submitted by Anonymous
I’ve put together information from several other guides (see references at the end) that I found around the web to create an auto-run SuperDuper backup script. The backup will start when you attach a USB (or FireWire) drive, and the drive is then automatically un-mounted when the backup is complete.
This is very useful for me (versus scheduled backups) because I am at my home and office desks at variable times of the day. When I get to work in the morning, I just connect the drive and away it goes! A few hours later when I leave, I just check Finder to make sure the drive is unmounted and pack up.
Read the entire hint on Use a run-on-drive-connect SuperDuper backup script
[Note: Latest version of SuperDuper has added an option to backup when drive connected.]