Best Back-up Application on Mac OS X

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

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    DoctorCrap

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    #1
    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.
    Thanks.
     
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    Pakaku

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    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.
     
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    DoctorCrap

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    Thanks.
    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.
     
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    maflynn

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    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
     
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    Ditto. I use time machine and have CCC backup a bootable copy a week to an external drive.
     
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    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.
     
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    Agreed.

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

    /Jim
     

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