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Drive-cloning utilities: The best Mac apps for making a bootable backup

Joe Kissell | Aug. 7, 2014
Good backups are essential for every Mac user. Tools such as Apple's Time Machine, included as part of OS X, make it easy to store multiple versions of every file from your computer on an external drive or an AirPort Time Capsule. And if you want the security of off-site backups without having to physically move drives around, an online backup provider such as CrashPlan is a good option.

Whichever app you choose, be sure to test any clone backup immediately after you create it by restarting with the Option key held down and choosing the backup drive as the startup volume. If it doesn't boot correctly, you can look for a solution now — before your drive dies and you need the backup for real!


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