G5-2.7GHz DP, 8GB RAM, OS 10.4.6, two internal SATA drives, primary boot drive MLIII-16MB (Maxtor MaXLine III 7B300S0 300GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer), backup boot drive Macintosh HD (OEM WD Caviar SE SATA, WDC WD2500JD-41HBC0, Revision 21.02J21, 250GB, 7200 RPM, Buffer Size 8 MB). Both drives journaled, not Case-sensitive, and Spotlight enabled. Test conducted 05/02/2006.


Paid copy of SuperDuper! v2.1, ready to start:


After completion of the operation, the report:



Pros:
1. This is by far the fastest full backup of my primary to backup boot drives I have ever had, 57min, 42sec. Tri-BACKUP (OS X) v4.0.4 takes me 2.5 to 3 times as long.
2. After completion, MLIII-16MB showed 102.1GB, Macintosh HD showed 101.6GB, so about 0.5GB was excluded for "the temporary and system-specific files that Apple recommends recommends excluding".
3. If it does what is said it does, namely perfect preservation of all metadata.
4. Interesting and complimentary reviews here http://www.applematters.com/index.ph...ackup-utility/ and here http://blog.plasticsfuture.org/2006/...tware-harmful/

Cons:
1. After completion, I gave Spotlight some time (really to go make some coffee), still booted to MLIII-16MB, then rebooted to it and ran some utilities below on Macintosh HD.
2. Repairing permissions, the "Symbolic link ./mach->mach_kernel repaired", never seen that before and no idea how important or insignificant that is. But it's there.
3. DiskWarrior 3.0.3, shows a bunch of repairs, way more than I've seen before with Tri-BACKUP. To be fair, with Tri-BACKUP I do see the first 8 text encoding errors and have for a long time. Once DW repairs them, a subsequent test shows no errors. Those are foreign fonts. Tho I don't speak any of those languages any more, I do have Korean, Japanese, and Chinese installed. The square foreign characters don't show in Mail because I copied the DW pdf file report where they do show correctly to TextEdit (where they don't) then to Mail.

Tiger Disk Utility reports:

Repairing permissions for Macintosh HD
Determining correct file permissions.

Symbolic link ./mach->mach_kernel repaired

Permissions repair complete
The privileges have been verified or repaired on the selected volume
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Verify and Repair disk Macintosh HD
Checking HFS Plus volume.
Checking Extents Overflow file.
Checking Catalog file.
Checking multi-linked files.
Checking Catalog hierarchy.
Checking Extended Attributes file.
Checking volume bitmap.
Checking volume information.
The volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK.
Mounting Disk

1 HFS volume checked
No repairs were necessary
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DiskWarrior 3.0.3 report:

DiskWarrior has successfully built a new optimized directory for the disk named "Macintosh HD." The new directory is
ready to replace the original directory.

Notes:
All file and folder data was easily located.

Comparison of the original and replacement directories indicates that there will be changes to the number, the
contents and/or the attributes of the files and folders. It is recommended that you preview the replacement
directory and examine the items listed below. All files and folders were compared and a total of 14,815,624
comparison tests were performed.

Errors, if any, in the directory structure such as tree depth, header node, map nodes, node size, node counts, node
links, indexes and more have been repaired.

Disk: "Macintosh HD"
Repaired the Root creation date
Location: "Desktop"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "??????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "????.collection"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/User Template/zh_TW.lproj/Library/FontCollections/"
File: "???????????? Pro W4.otf"
F
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/Fonts/"
File: "???????????? Pro W3.otf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/Fonts/"
File: "???????????? Pro W6.otf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/Fonts/"
File: "???????????? Std W8.otf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/System/Library/Fonts/"
File: "MPEG-2 5.0Mbps????????16/9.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????120 ??????
16/9/"
File: "???? 2.0.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????120 ??????
16/9/"
File: "MPEG-2 5.0Mbps????????4/3.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????120 ??????
4/3/"
File: "???? 2.0.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????120 ??????
4/3/"
File: "MPEG-2 3.7Mbps????????16/9.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????150 ??????
16/9/"
File: "???? 2.0.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????150 ??????
16/9/"
File: "MPEG-2 3.7Mbps????????4/3.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????150 ??????
4/3/"
Rep
File: "MPEG-2 6.4Mbps????????16/9.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????90 ??????
16/9/"
File: "???? 2.0.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????90 ??????
16/9/"
File: "MPEG-2 6.4Mbps????????4/3.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????90 ??????
4/3/"
File: "???? 2.0.setting"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/Resources/zh_CN.lproj/DVD/ ??????????90 ??????
4/3/"
File: "iPhoto ????????.pdf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Library/Documentation/Applications/iPhoto/iPhoto Getting Started.app/Contents/
Resources/zh_TW.lproj/"
File: "iDVD ????????.pdf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Library/Documentation/Applications/iDVD/iDVD Getting Started.app/Contents/Resources/
zh_TW.lproj/"
File: "iMovie HD ????????.pdf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Library/Documentation/Applications/iMovie/iMovie Getting Started.app/Contents/
Resources/zh_TW.lproj/"
File: "GarageBand ????????.pdf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Library/Documentation/Applications/GarageBand/GarageBand Getting Started.app/
Contents/Resources/zh_TW.lproj/"
File: "iWeb ????????.pdf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Library/Documentation/Applications/iWeb/iWeb Getting Started.app/Contents/Resources/
zh_TW.lproj/"
File: "???? Pro.ttf"
Repaired Text Encoding
Location: "Macintosh HD/Library/Fonts/"

Explanations:

Root: This is the top level of a disk hierarchy. The root has increased significance for Mac OS X disks.

Text Encoding: File and folder names are stored in Unicode characters. The text encoding value indicates the method
used to convert the file name to Unicode. Repairs prevent the name from being displayed incorrectly.

Disk Information:
Files: 549,884
Folders: 110,608
Free Space: 131.17 GB
Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Block Size: 4 K
Disk Sectors: 488,134,944
Media: WDC WD2500JD-41HBC0
Time: 5/2/06 6:58:36 PM
DiskWarrior Version: 3.0.3 - RRxxxxxx (serial number)
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