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5.2
15 March 2016

Complete volume duplication.

Anonymous
01 May 2005

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Carbon Copy Cloner does the same thing and is FREE!
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Version 2.5

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Foulger
06 November 2017
This isn't the most well known cloning utility on the block but it does clone time machine backups. Maybe an update for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and APFS would revive its popularity and perhaps a reduction in price to make it on a par with CCC and SuperDuper?
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Version 5.2
Miner
03 January 2015
Version 5.2 was released, in November according to the ReadMe. It addresses compatibility issues with Yosemite.
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Version 5.1
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Foulger
Foulger
15 March 2016
Hmm! Isn't there something called El Capitan that's been out for quite a while now?
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
27 November 2016
Hmm!
Maybe next time you should check the date in the post you’re replying to.

Miner posted that comment on 1-3-15.
El Capitan wasn’t released until nearly nine months later, on 9-30-15.

So yes, by the time you replied, 14 months after Miner’s comment, El Capitan HAD been released.
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An-onymous
19 June 2011
This application seems to be the only one able to copy a faulty media (that is a disk that does not show on the desktop). HOWEVER, be aware that the disk where the copy is to be written must have MORE free space than the faulty disk. Using an empty target (just formatted) of the same model as the faulty disk won't suffice. You do need a BIGGER target disk.
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Version 5.0
Fvdg
27 May 2010
It says 'amazing fast copies' mmm... It took 27 hours for a 456 GB harddrive to copy! Same drive took less then 6 hours in Super Duper and less then 8 hours in Carbon Copy Cloner, same drive, all USB2.
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Version 5.0
valentinian
17 September 2008
Duplicate mode clones the full volume, Boot Camp partition and all, without excessive hacking of the partition maps and MBR and such. Downside of this is that both Mac and Win partitions need to be restored at the same time - but small price to pay for data integrity and peace of mind. Unfortunately not well updated.
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Version 4.0
Robk
14 February 2008
I see that CopyCatX makes a block copy of an UNMOUNTED system drive by booting of a special recovery CD. I don't think this is much different that SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner. Since I don't think that these programs comes with a special recovery CD, you can always boot off an external Hard Disk that contains Mac OS X (and Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner) on one of the partitions and do a block copy of the system drive inside your Mac. (You could even use the free "asr"command line program provided by Apple to do a Block Copy).
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Version 4.0
Robk
14 February 2008
I believe that some of the comments made below by the developers of CopyCatX could be seen as a little misleading. CopyCatX is NOT the only program that can do a block copy of a drive. Both SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner can do that. Even the free command line utility provided by Apple called asr can do a block copy of drives. But before ANY program can do a block copy (or a bit by bit copy) the drive must be UNMOUNTED. So if you are trying to make a clone of your System drive, you cannot do a block copy of the drive but a file copy of your drive. I don't think CopyCatX gets around this limitation. Please correct me if I am wrong. CopyCatX is not the only program that can copy your Time Machine Drive (or Partition). I believe that SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner can copy the Time Machine Drive (or Partition) when it does the clone in the block copy mode (or a bit for bit copy) But I do see two advantages of CopyCatX over its competition: 1. It will attempt to recover a damaged drive with bad blocks. (If you want a truly FREE solution for drive recovery, use a command line program like GNU ddrescue. It works under Linux, FreeBSD and Mac). 2. It will copy a drive to MULTIPLE destination drives. If these features are important to you, then consider buying CopyCatX. If they are not, I would use Carbon Copy Cloner (donationware $5 or more) or SuperDuper ($28 or so). Both are a lot less expensive. Considering that most programs that do drive recovery are historically expensive, I do not think that the price for CopyCatX is unreasonable. (Of couse, as a consumer, I would like to see a LOWER price). P.S. Before you buy any Mac Backup program, make sure it backups or copies ALL the metadata associated with EACH file (such as BSD Flag, ACLs, Extended Attributes, Lock Flag, permissions, resource forks). Many backup programs for the Mac do NOT do a great job at preserving metadata.
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Version 4.0
Foulger
22 December 2005
Whilst I have great respect for the team at SubRosaSoft and am not trying to steal their thunder, I am bound to say that for most users on a day to day basis, Super Duper is much better value for money. I would urge the writers to consider the maxim "Half the price, triple the profit" Happy Xmas guys
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Version 3.0
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Subrosasoft
Subrosasoft
25 January 2007
SD is a back program, where CopyCatX is a drive duplication program. With respect to that, CopyCatX has many features you won't find on SD or others. First CopyCatX will allow you to recover a dying drive. Hit a bad block with SD and it will fail. But CopyCatX uses a proprietary algorithm to work around bad blocks to image even the sickest drives. CopyCatX uses block copying instead of file copying. This means it's not only faster then other products but it also means it can copy a Mac, Windows, Unix, Linux, TiVo, etc drive without a problem. From what I was told by one of the Apple developers of the HFS+ file system, CopyCatX is the only program that will be able to copy Apple Time Machine backups in the new Leopard operating system (I'm not at liberty to say why as Leopard hasn't been released yet). CopyCatX allows you to duplicate one drive to multiple others at the same time. This is great to IT deployment or other environments where you need multiple duplicates of a drive in a timely fashion.
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Version 4.0
Foulger
Foulger
25 January 2007
Thanks for that comprehensive reply expounding the superior features of CopyCatX 4.0. I appreciate the comments but would also repspectfully suggest you take my comments regarding "Half the Price, triple the profits." I have consistently found that selling products for less will result in greater sales, therefore generating a greater profit in the longer term. The more people will buy your product, the more they will recommend it and your sales figures will reflect that change in strategy. Why not try it say for three months, with a suitable advertising campaign and see for your selves. Good luck.
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Version 4.0
Anonymous
12 October 2005
Any chance of a version of this that won't cause trouble with OS 9 boot ability? It'd also be useful to have a modified bootable version with XPostFacto (and its patched files) in place. Setting up OS X on older unsupported Macs often works great but can be tricky, so a utility like this to back them up once working would be especially useful.
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Version 2.5
Anonymous
02 May 2005
This may sound extremely weird... I bought CopyCatX to duplicate my dad's 6 GB PC drive and then expanded it to 60 GB. Did eveything in less than 20 minutes.
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Version 2.5
Anonymous
01 May 2005
Carbon Copy Cloner does the same thing and is FREE!
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Version 2.5
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umaromc
umaromc
21 December 2005
Nope... CCC is now shareware... has been for over a year.
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Version 3.0
sjk
sjk
22 December 2005
Actually it's donation-ware and free for educational institutions, which someone corrected me on the other day and referred me to that info on the developer site: http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html#donate
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Version 3.0
Subrosasoft
Subrosasoft
25 January 2007
CCC does not do the same thing. CCC is a back program, where CopyCatX is a drive duplication program. With respect to that, CopyCatX has many features you won't find on CCC or others. First CopyCatX will allow you to recover a dying drive. Come across a bad block with CCC and it will lock up the application. CopyCatX uses a proprietary algorithm to work around bad blocks to image even the sickest drives. It also allows you to stop a recovery, allow the drive to cool down/restart it, and then resume where you left off. CopyCatX uses block copying instead of file copying like other applications do. This means it's not only faster then other products but it also means it can copy a Mac, Windows, Unix, Linux, TiVo, etc drive without a problem. CopyCatX will maintain every detail of the original drive; icon placement, file permissions, bootability, etc. From what I was told by one of the Apple developers of the HFS+ file system that CopyCatX is the only program that will be able to copy Apple Time Machine backups in the new Leopard operating system (I'm not at liberty to say why as Leopard hasn't been released yet). CCC can't do that. CopyCatX allows you to duplicate one drive to multiple others at the same time. This is great for IT deployment or other environments where you need multiple duplicates of a drive in a timely fashion. Read once, write many allows you to write to up to 15 devices at a time. It'll make imaging that entire computer lab a breeze. CopyCatX is the clear winner.
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Version 4.0
Anonymous
01 May 2005
Just upgraded to 2.5. It's way faster than 2.0. I think they F@#@up on 2.0 big time. 2.5 is about 3 to 4 X faster than 2.0. I am using it to backup my iPod too. Seems to work fine.
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
30 September 2004
For an alternative see SuperDuper! by www.shirt-pocket.com!
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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
Anonymous
01 May 2005
Definitely look at SuperDuper. At one third the cost, it is constantly being updated, Developer is super nice. SuperDuper recently saved my bacon. PB hard drive was on the decline. Decided to make a backup as the hard drive was acting very sluggish. SD has a feature that does fast backups (syncs with last backup) that usually takes less than 5 minutes. My hard drive died just as my backup was made. Got my new drive and copied the bootable backup directly to to my Powerbook. Perfect results.
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Version 2.5
Steve Weiss
18 February 2004
QUESTION - In reading the description/use section of the review, it appears as if the destination drive will always be completely erased everytime you copy a source disk. I have a 500 GB backup drive for an 80 GB PBK, and would like to keep several other large files already saved to the 500 gig; how can I save the rest of my data on the 500 GB back up? If the drive is partitioned? This software looks like just what I've been looking for, short of this one problem.
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Version 1.0.3
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Anonymous
Anonymous
12 April 2004
I thought about this too. What I did was repartition the drive for multiple image installs. I gave each partition about 5 GB (8 in all), and left the rest for storage. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to create the installer images to the partition I created and then used CopyCatX when I wanted to install from it to another machine. One thing though. CCX does not copy to smaller partitions!
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Version 1.0.3
Tallman Fung
02 July 2003
You can use something like Tri-Backup to compare the files (I used it to make sure the software works). It may not be a bad idea to include a feature to compare the files in the source drive to the destination drive. I like the overall look and feel of the software. Speedwis is great when you are copying a full drives, but on a drive that has not that many files and less than half full, the advantage of using device copying disappears. I haven't tried the multiple target copying feature yet so I cannot comment on it. The price is somewhat expensive, but the fact that I can make an exact copy without fixing any links, etc... afterward definitely saves me a lot of time.
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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
Anonymous
01 May 2005
From what I can see about drive copying Synchronize pro x $!00 which does an excellent job of making a boot copy without deleting files on the target. Also I'm trying Carboncopy clone freeware which will create an image of the disk to another disk which can be mounted to use as a source when needed to make a bootable copy.
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Version 2.5
Anonymous
21 June 2003
This thing flies! I need some way to make sure it copied everything over to a couple of drives correctly. Any suggestion?
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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
Anonymous
28 February 2004
use a checksum? backup to an image?
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Version 1.0.3
TeRRyZx
TeRRyZx
08 February 2012
CCC has the ability to use a checksum to be sure all is copied perfectly. Works perfectly for me at FAR less price!!!
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