Automatic backup

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  1. Maclomaniac macrumors member

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    I know this has been discussed in the past, but I'm looking for something a little different than the other threads that I searched through talked about. I have a powerbook and I want to back it up to an external firewire harddrive, and I want to find out the most reliable, and easiest to use automatic backup software. I have .Mac already, but I need to back up more than there is space allotted for there. I use this computer for work, and I need all my work files (which include a lot of large photos and graphics), backed up at least once a week. In the past, I just burned CDs or DVDs of my projects as I went along, but now I think I need to be more organized about all this. I don't mind doing manual backups, but it would be nice if I was reminded, or if it could be done automatically, once a week. Does anyone have any advice on the best software for this? Thanks!
     
  2. Sparky's macrumors 6502a

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    Look into Dantz's "Retrospect" multi functional scheduling, automatic reminders, a variety of media. I've been using it in my Graphics profession for over 10 years.
     
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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  4. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    There are lots of programs for this - I recently was looking for one, and searched versiontracker as well as this site: http://osx.hyperjeff.net/Apps/cats.php

    Look for features which are important for you, and feedback on the various review sites.

    For what it is worth, I ended up purchasing Synk, which so far has functioned perfectly in keeping critical working files synchronized between my PM and PB, and I am planning to use it to back up files to an external hard drive when it arrives (it can schedule automatic backups as well). Also it is competitively priced. Saying this, I have no 1st hand knowledge of other programs.
     
  5. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    You might want to look into AppleScripting the Carbon Copy Cloner.
     
  6. JDar macrumors 6502a

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    Consider the free program Silverkeeper from LaCie. Comes with their drives or can be downloaded from the LaCie site. It can make a bootable backup (as does CCC) and is faster and much simpler imo. Silverkeeper can be set to run automatically as well.
     
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  8. Coolvirus007 macrumors regular

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    carbon copy cloner's sync software doesn't seem to wrok too well. I would use dantz retrospect. (It comes with OWC external firewire hd) I was in the same situation and it seems to work.
     

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