Data Backup 3 vs. NovaBackup vs. SuperDuper

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
(Update: ignore the NovaBackup reference; it's for Windows)



Hi. Recently switched Mac semi-noob here. Mac Mini with an external MiniStack drive from OWC for data and a second external drive for backup.



The MiniStack came with a software bundle that includes Data Backup 3. Friends on Mac all seem to use SuperDuper. I don't know which to use (I am NOT interested in TimeMachine, as the vast majority of my files to backup are photographs, and I think it would get messy with TM).



Anybody here have any insight as to which of those two I should use? Reviews online are all mixed. Data Backup 3 would be the easiest because I have it right here (AFAIK, fully licensed) and a video review made it look pretty easy. I'd have to buy a license for SuperDuper.



Looking for insight: anybody got any that would help me out? Thanks!



(Details: I have about 20,000 JPGs plus a not so large amount of other files to backup; everything from Word files, PDFs, mirrors of a few web sites, etc.)

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    backtomacbacktomac Posts: 4,579member
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    Originally Posted by ed-hawco View Post


    (Update: ignore the NovaBackup reference; it's for Windows)



    Hi. Recently switched Mac semi-noob here. Mac Mini with an external MiniStack drive from OWC for data and a second external drive for backup.



    The MiniStack came with a software bundle that includes Data Backup 3. Friends on Mac all seem to use SuperDuper. I don't know which to use (I am NOT interested in TimeMachine, as the vast majority of my files to backup are photographs, and I think it would get messy with TM).



    Anybody here have any insight as to which of those two I should use? Reviews online are all mixed. Data Backup 3 would be the easiest because I have it right here (AFAIK, fully licensed) and a video review made it look pretty easy. I'd have to buy a license for SuperDuper.



    Looking for insight: anybody got any that would help me out? Thanks!



    (Details: I have about 20,000 JPGs plus a not so large amount of other files to backup; everything from Word files, PDFs, mirrors of a few web sites, etc.)





    SD is cloning software and damn good at what it does. I'm guessing that Data Backup 3 just saves your data so its different than SD.



    Mirrors of your HDD made from SD are bootable which can be very useful in certain situations. Given that its only $30 for the full version its well worth it IMO.



    But you should actually consider Time Machine included with your Mac Mini. For simple back ups of data its all you need. I would use it over Data Backup 3.
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