Best Back-up Application on Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DoctorCrap, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. DoctorCrap macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    Penang, Malaysia
    These are the criterias that would satisfy the user of the application:
    • Light-weight
    • Easy and user-friendly
    • Fast processing
    • Least amount of errors
    I have already tried Time Machine but the goal here is to not use it.
    I have also tried Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!

    If you know of any better alternatives please let me know or if you feel which is the best.
  2. Pakaku macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Ignoring any of your requirements, the best backup software I have used is... Disk Utility. It's actually pretty easy to make backups with it, plus it is bundled with every Mac sold these days.

    I used to use SuperDuper, but from my experiences, it does not make an exact copy. Maybe 99.9% accurate. I noticed when I would have to restore from a backup made by SuperDuper, it would forget a few things, like app settings. LittleSnitch and Photoshop were big problems, if I remember right. Disk Utility cannot make scheduled automated backups, or quick "smart backups", but it does make an exact one, and I would always backup overnight so the speed was never a big deal anyways.
  3. DoctorCrap thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    Penang, Malaysia
    I am aware that it does not offer any scheduling options but it also does not follow same protocols as in most back-up utilities. It does not update the disk with little amount of process but fully re-adds the back-up files onto the disk image.

    I am working on my Macbook Air 2010 with 2GB RAM second-handed from eBay. Quality of this aluminium is below average so I want the least amount of work done with my Mac because I assume this as a device for my daily use for school work and etc.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Aside from what you tried there's few others that offer the same level of functionality. I personally use TimeMachine for its ease of use, supplemented with CCC
  5. Parky84 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2008
    Ditto. I use time machine and have CCC backup a bootable copy a week to an external drive.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors 604

    Feb 20, 2009
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    So where did Time Machine fail the above list of requirements? That would help people understand your needs better. As it is, Time Machine seems to meet your stated requirements.
  8. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR

    I use Time Machine for local backup.
    Crashplan+ for offsite backup.


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