I would be interested to hear your views and experiences about the testing out of Bootable Backups / Clones that have been made of a computers main internal hard drive.
I was interested to read on the Chronosync website regarding 'Creating a Bootable Backup' that they say to boot up from the Bootable Backup to test it out but not to run any applications.http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/cs/chrono_tips14.html
"5. Give it the boot
After the backup runs, test it out. Restart the Mac and hold down the Option key. When a list of drives appears, choose the new bootable. Your system may run slightly slower since it is not running directly off the internal drive. Check it out but don't actually run any applications. When finished switch back to the internal drive. You can also switch drives in System Preferences under "Startup Disk"."
Clearly this allows you to see if your Mac will start up or not from the Bootable Backup just made which is fine.
However, if you wanted to check that applications were working alright or not how would you find out without opening them ?
Does this same apply to Bootable Backups made by SuperDuper or CCC ?
If anybody can shed any light on this I would be interested to hear from you.