macOS 11 Big Sur has thrown a cryptographically signed monkey wrench into the inner workings of backup apps that make bootable duplicates. There are now workarounds, and Apple promises to fix the necessary underlying tool, but Adam Engst suggests that we need to rethink the role bootable duplicates play in a modern backup strategy.
Synchronization and backup tool addresses several issues with Big Sur. (49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 67.3 MB, 26.7 MB)
Brings a smattering of bug fixes and improvements to the drive-cloning and backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.4 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Updates the drive-cloning and backup utility to support making bootable backups of a macOS 11 Big Sur startup disk on Intel-based Macs. ($39.99 new, free update, 18.8 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Synchronization and backup tool brings numerous tweaks and additions to ensure support for macOS 11 Big Sur. ($49.99 new, free update, 67.3 MB, macOS 10.11+)
What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?
Addresses an issue that prevented the drive-cloning and backup utility from accessing a new Apple data store introduced in macOS 10.15.7 Catalina. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Maintenance updates with enhancements and bug fixes for the synchronization and backup tool and its helper app. (49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 67.2 MB, 26.7 MB)
Adds an exclusion for a system cache folder causing stalls on macOS 10.15.6 Catalina. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.6 MB)
Drive-cloning and backup utility reverts to using its own file copier for establishing new bootable backups after the macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.6 MB)
Backblaze’s annual poll asking how often people back up their data shows small improvements across the board. But the percentage of people who either don’t back up at all or back up once a year or less is still far too high.
Addresses a handful of failure conditions with Apple's APFS replication utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.6 MB)
Addresses a bug introduced by Apple in macOS 10.15 Catalina that prevented CCC from creating bootable backups. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.6 MB)
Works around changes in macOS 10.15.5 Catalina that prevent the creation of bootable backups. ($49.99 new, free update, 67.2 MB)
Ensures that creating new tasks via the menu bar application now works more consistently. ($39.99 new, free update, 14.5 MB)