SuperDuper! can't see ExFAT and FAT32 volumes?

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  1. baryon, Apr 2, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018

    baryon macrumors 68040

    baryon

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    So I'm trying to find a simple backup solution and it seems like it's not that simple. I've given SuperDuper! a try and it just simply won't see any of my ExFAT volumes. It doesn't even see FAT32 volumes. It can only see HFS+ and APFS.

    Is this normal? I can't imagine modern software intentionally not supporting common file systems. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong?

    It's ironic how everyone's talking about how we should always backup our data yet backup software either doesn't work or costs a lot of money (and still doesn't work in my experience).

    Time Machine only backs up one volume,
    BackupBuddy is a piece of junk,
    SuperDuper! doesn't support the most common file systems in the universe,

    I'm running out of options here!

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  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Try putting the backup on a new Disk Image that you place on the ExFAT volume. If it were me, I'd make the dmg either a sparse image or a sparse bundle, if it allows you to choose such options.

    If that works, well, it's a work-around, not an ideal solution. I'd probably ask on the vendor's website:
    https://www.shirt-pocket.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    OP wrote:
    "I've given SuperDuper! a try and it just simply won't see any of my ExFAT volumes. It doesn't even see FAT32 volumes. It can only see HFS+ and APFS.
    Is this normal?"


    I could be wrong, but I believe that IS "normal" for SuperDuper.
    SuperDuper is a Mac application, and it probably expects the drives you wish to clone will be in a "Mac format" -- HFS+

    You might try downloading CarbonCopyCloner (FREE to download and use for 30 days), and see if it behaves any differently.

    What follows is my opinion only:
    If you have Mac files that you value, DO NOT keep them on "Windows-formatted" drives such as exFAT.
    Use a Mac format instead -- HFS+ with journaling enabled.
    Things just go better that way.
     
  4. baryon thread starter macrumors 68040

    baryon

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    I think the OS I use has little to do with the file system on my portable hard drives. Portable hard drives are often shared with people. Those people may use Windows (statistically very likely), I have no control over that. Using ExFAT means I don't have to care about what system other people use, because everyone can read/write to it.

    Even Apple's own Time Machine can backup FAT32, ExFAT, and NTFS volumes, and Time Machine is really the least feature-rich backup solution there is. I think anything you'd pay for should at least do what Time Machine does and more, not less.

    I now bought "Get Backup Pro 3" and it seems pretty cool! It's very cheap and does quite a lot!
     

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