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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
    A couple of quick questions. I have Super Duper and a 1 TB WD drive. When I tried to upgrade Super Duper from the program itself, I got an error "Product does not exist!". Any ideas? Is there a better alternative, and does the back-up program also have to be 64 bit?

    I also have Time Machine, so I assume that is compatible to restore the OS in the event something goes awry. I did a restore from Time Machine a few years ago and that was a very time consuming process.

    I also see that there is a supplemental upgrade to Catalina, is that automatic, or do I have to download that separately?

    ken
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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    @ken, Carbon Copy Cloner is another clone program. Works well. Supports Catalina.

    Yes, the backup program must be 64-bit to run under Catalina (to do the restore). TM should work.

    If you download Catalina today, you should be getting the latest version.

    One thing about Catalina. It changes the way the system and user data is stored on the HD/SSD. Using the new APFS, it creates a container for the drive, then two Volumes in that container, one for the OS itself and one for the User data. The OS volume is read-only, as a security measure. CCC takes that all into account as it clones, and SD! should do the same, but I don't use SD!, so I can't say for sure. And Catalina deals with the two volumes as if they were one in operations, so you shouldn't have to deal with them as separate, but if you get into Disk Utility you can see both.
    Jake

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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    SD is 64bit and backs my OS to up my two Catalina external SSDs.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    Here in the mountains of North Carolina, internet is not particularly reliable, or particularly fast. My phone is generally a bit faster, but I have very limited data. After 12 hours I'm still about 20 hours from completing the download and I lost the data connection a few times. Is that a problem? I assume the download starts where it left off. Would I be better off starting from scratch if I take the computer to a Starbucks and try from there? I'm the better part of an hour from high speed internet. I'm just a little nervous that all this starting and stopping will corrupt the download.
    Few things in life will clear out the cobwebs more effectively than fighting an 80 MPH wind on two wheels.

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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    OK, I found a better spot to download from and finished the download. Should I give up and try again another time? All the starts and stops is giving me the heebee jeebees.
    Few things in life will clear out the cobwebs more effectively than fighting an 80 MPH wind on two wheels.

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    If the downloaded installer actually opens then the breaks in download shouldn’t make any difference. If it doesn’t open then it is corrupted


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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    I also see that there is a supplemental upgrade to Catalina, is that automatic, or do I have to download that separately?
    It's a separate download. But, do you really need Catalina? Think about that real hard.... with all the glitches being reported, might be a good idea to wait for additional updates. I usually am the first to charge headlong and download a new version of macOS, but I'm waiting this one out and staying with Mojave for awhile.

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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    It's a separate download. But, do you really need Catalina? Think about that real hard.... with all the glitches being reported, might be a good idea to wait for additional updates. I usually am the first to charge headlong and download a new version of macOS, but I'm waiting this one out and staying with Mojave for awhile.
    It's a bit of a conundrum. The only real problem I have now is coming out of sleep mode. It doesn't. I have to press the power button a few times to wake it up. Occasionally, it actually reboots. I know I'm not the only one and that this has been a problem because there were supplemental upgrades to address this issue. I just get a little nervous (paranoid) every time that happens which is every time it comes out of sleep mode. Do I NEED Catalina? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I don't think there are any of the new features I have any interest in. I'm more concerned about stability and security.
    Few things in life will clear out the cobwebs more effectively than fighting an 80 MPH wind on two wheels.

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    Restart the Mac, a couple of times in a row, while doing NVRAM reset, Reset NVRAM or PRAM on your Mac - Apple Support. And then can SMC reset, How to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac - Apple Support. Then last boot into safe mode, Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac - Apple Support.
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    Planning to upgrade to Catalina, back up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Restart the Mac, a couple of times in a row, while doing NVRAM reset, Reset NVRAM or PRAM on your Mac - Apple Support. And then can SMC reset, How to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac - Apple Support. Then last boot into safe mode, Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac - Apple Support.

    Thanks, I appreciate that, but I've tried it numerous times, the end result being no change. The only way I've been able to avoid it from happening is to set computer and display sleep at never.
    Few things in life will clear out the cobwebs more effectively than fighting an 80 MPH wind on two wheels.

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