Any auto backup program out there?

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  1. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    A program that automatically, let's say once a week, upgrades your chosen files on a rw-dvd would be very handy. Know any?
     
  2. yellow5 macrumors regular

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    Super Duper! can make zipped backups to a Hard Drive.

    iBackup can make scheduled backups to Hard Drives

    if you subscribe to .mac, you can use Backup 3 to make scheduled backups to CD/DVD.
     
  3. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can Backup 3 make scheduled backups to a Hard Drive?
     
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    automator

    Even simpler with Tiger. As I do not have .mac and it seemed automator could do the same job as iBackup, as long as I was just concerned with a full home directory backup.

    I use automator to find files and make zip archive. Save automator task as '.app' and I scheduled it in iCal. I had to use a shell script in automator to find archives older then 1 week to delete, since I couldn't figure out ow do that with automator.

    Automator Task:

    Get Specific Finder Items
    Added my home directory​
    Create Archive
    Make zip file backup​
    Get Specific Finder Items
    Get .zip file just made​
    Rename Files
    Append Date to filename of zip archive​
    Run Shell Script
    Delete archives older then 1 week​

    Shell Script:
    # Modified n minutes ago and older, 10080 seconds is one week
    OLDER_THEN="10080"
    BACKUP_FOLDER="/Volumes/Maxtor 300G/Backups"

    cd "${BACKUP_FOLDER}"
    find . -iname "*.zip" -type f -mmin +${OLDER_THEN} | while read file
    do
    rm -rf "${file}"
    done

    In fact, the entire backup could be done as a shell script quite easily, I just wanted to play with automator...
     
  8. Temujin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Now that backup looks really nice. Does it come bundled with a new Powerbook?
     
  9. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    I have an external lacie drive which has more on it than just backups (so I can't use it as a bootable backup drive as far as I know).
    If I use one of these apps to make a backup or zipped backup of my entire mac HD and then the HDD fails, when I put the files back on can it automatically put it all back on properly? Or do I have to drag them manually? What's the best way to backup everything, then have it back on there in exactly the same way should something go wrong?
     
  10. yellow5 macrumors regular

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    It's available for a free download on Apple's website:
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/backup.html

    But in order for it to do anything you're going to need to sign up for a .mac membership, which currently runs at $100/year.

    You can sign up for a free 60 day trial though which will give you limited backup capabilities(you can back up like 250MB worth of stuff).

    Sign up for the trial:
    http://www.apple.com/dotmac/

    Backup 3 is really the best backup software for the mac right now in my opinion, but I'm not sure if it's worth $100 if you're not going to take advantage of the rest of the services provided with the .mac membership.

    Try it out. I think you'll like it.
     

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