Backup, backup, backup. Yes, I said that three times, and for good reason. As the saying goes, “two is one and one is none,” but three is even better. All Mac users should use Time Machine (or a comparable app that creates versioned backups) for individual file recovery, make offsite backups to protect against theft or catastrophe, and create regular bootable duplicates, sometimes referred to as clones.
Why clone your disk? Let’s say you have to take your main Mac in for repair, and you’ll be without it for a few days. In the meantime, you can plug your bootable duplicate in to another Mac — perhaps an old machine or one you borrow from a friend — and get right back to work. My bootable duplicate has saved my bacon many times.
There are other utilities for creating bootable duplicates, but if you’re not currently using one, or aren’t happy with the one you’re using, check out Get Backup Pro from BeLight Software. It makes clones with aplomb, and does a lot more as well.
In fact, creating a bootable duplicate is perhaps the simplest thing to do with Get Backup Pro. You can also use it to make incremental backups along with compressed and encrypted archives of specific folders. It features templates for data in certain apps, so you can easily back up your favorite music in iTunes, important messages in Mail, precious memories in Photos, and more. Get Backup Pro can even do one-way or bidirectional syncing of folders between disks or even between Macs. Clones, backups, archives, and syncs can all run automatically on a schedule so you can’t forget — I update my system clone every night.