Any good automatic backup software?

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  1. GovornorPhatt macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2003
    Where do YOU live?
    Hi! After my most recent drive problems, I want to buy some backup software. I'm thinking of just mirroring a set of RAID'ed drives. But I also want software. Ideally, it has a process that runs in the background that remembers to run. I usually forget to run the manual start ones. Any suggestions? How do you backup your critical data?
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    If you have .Mac of course there's Backup... sooo... if whatever backup software you want to buy costs more than .Mac (or close to .Mac's price) you might consider it.
  3. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man is not the most versatile, but Lacie's Silverkeeper has some basic scheduling's certainly not a "high-end" backup program by any means....but it is free....oh yeah!
  4. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    i agree with duff man, i have used silverkeeper and it works well. though i mostly do manual back ups. though b/c i do use the program i know it has schedualing capabilities. ive also used retrospect in the past, but that was with system 9, i dont know if retrospect has software for os X (though they must by now. . .the last time i checked was when OS X first came out :-/ )
  5. MrSugar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003
    Deja Vu comes with Toast Titanium... it looked really cool when I tried to set it up but it never worked properly so I gave up and just decided to do it manually.... anyone else had luck with Deja Vu?
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Well, how convienent--I was just coming to ask this very question. SilverKeeper looks interesting, but I've got slightly more strict requirements, so maybe there are other options as well?

    Basically, my set-up is this: Office with some Macs and a Wintel (W2K3 Server) server. Most data is stored directly on the server, but Eudora uses a bunch of slashes in its filenames, which the Windows server doesn't like, and I'd also like to keep bookmarks (and address book) backed up. The office folks shouldn't have to think about keeping stuff safe.

    So, what I want is: Something that will automatically take the home folder (or endire /Users folder), make a disk image or other archive of it, and automatically dump it on a mounted server volume on a regular basis, without requiring user interaction or anybody having to type admin passwords.

    .Mac isn't a preferred option, anything that just copies directories won't work (again, unacceptable characters in filenames, so tools like Synk are out), anything that can't save to a server volume is out, and anything that requires user interaction of any sort is a big no.

    Suggestions, anybody? Price isn't an issue, so maybe Retrospect would do what I want? CCC is close, but automation and authentication is proving a bit tricky.
  7. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    if you read into it, you can write your own backup script. I have a bash script that tar's up all my documents, then tar's up my iTunes, then tar's up my iPhoto .. so on .. so on .. then mounts a smb volume to my win2003 server and copies the tar files over (nice 1gbps network) :)

    This script is added as a cron job and runs once a week on a sunday at 3am (when im likely in bed!) and the computer is set to wakeup at 2:45am so the job can run... works very effectively and can be used to copy to a tape or external hard disk.
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Certainly a good suggestion, and it'd work.

    ...but, an option of last resort for me--aside from not wanting to have to work out the details myself, having easily maintainable "boxed" solutions are useful when somebody else has to work on the system, instead of having to figure out my custom shell script.
  9. kb@MacRumors macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2004
    Are you willing to share the script? Sounds very cool, indeed.
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    You can try Carbon Copy Cloner. It has the ability to create a cron script that will back everything up for you.
    A pay-for-solution is Retrospect Express.
  11. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    I think the backup with .mac is free with the trial subscription...
  12. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    But... once the subscription runs out, Backup ceases to work - I think.

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