Backup software

fall3n

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I'm looking for some excellent backup software. I have an external HD and basically I want a program that runs itself once a week and backs up the selected areas I want it to. It'd be really nice if say I move things around on the backup area it'd see that it was moved and replicate this, but not just add it in. (So there arn't duplicate files all over the back up drive)

Does anyone know a program that can do this for me?
 

fall3n

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looks good, but does it do the thing i said above and not replicate files?
 

tech4all

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There's SuperDuper! - not sure what features are disabled in the free version though. I've never used it but many here have. Also if you have a .Mac subscription you have BackUp.
 

Eidorian

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fall3n said:
looks good, but does it do the thing i said above and not replicate files?
It'd be really nice if say I move things around on the backup area it'd see that it was moved and replicate this, but not just add it in. (So there arn't duplicate files all over the back up drive)
Move around files on the backup side? That doesn't make much sense to me. You can backup to different folders on your hard drive. You can also make profiles for different accounts and locations. iBackup will first run a complete backup of your selected files. Then it'll run a differential then after. (You have to set it up that way.)

You can pick a time and/or even a network mount to backup too.
 

fall3n

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Eidorian said:
Move around files on the backup side? That doesn't make much sense to me. You can backup to different folders on your hard drive. You can also make profiles for different accounts and locations. iBackup will first run a complete backup of your selected files. Then it'll run a differential then after. (You have to set it up that way.)

You can pick a time and/or even a network mount to backup too.
Sorry, I didn't mean move files on the backup drive, but on the regular drive I work from. Say I'm moving stuff around on my Data drive and I want to backup to my Storage drive. Will this program see that file "xyz" has been moved to "zx/xyz" and then update the Storage drive by deleting the file "xyz" and then placing it in the proper place that it currently is which is "zx/xyz"? Does this make sense?
 

Eidorian

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fall3n said:
Sorry, I didn't mean move files on the backup drive, but on the regular drive I work from. Say I'm moving stuff around on my Data drive and I want to backup to my Storage drive. Will this program see that file "xyz" has been moved to "zx/xyz" and then update the Storage drive by deleting the file "xyz" and then placing it in the proper place that it currently is which is "zx/xyz"? Does this make sense?
Yes, if I make changes to my folders or files it'll delete/move the files/folders as needed.

It only takes me 2 minutes at most to do a weekly backup. It just checks the additions and deletions. Then it makes the changes onto the backup side.
 

fall3n

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Eidorian said:
Yes, if I make changes to my folders or files it'll delete/move the files/folders as needed.

It only takes me 2 minutes at most to do a weekly backup. It just checks the additions and deletions. Then it makes the changes onto the backup side.
Thanks, this is a wicked program! Exactly what I wanted.
 

ChrisA

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fall3n said:
I'm looking for some excellent backup software. I have an external HD and basically I want a program that runs itself once a week and backs up the selected areas I want it to. It'd be really nice if say I move things around on the backup area it'd see that it was moved and replicate this, but not just add it in. (So there arn't duplicate files all over the back up drive)

Does anyone know a program that can do this for me?
"rsync" will sync the files from a folder to an exernal disk. Moving only the changes. From the terminl type "man rsync" for details.

Also from the terminal type "man crontab" to see how you can schedule rsync to run periodically.
 

Gambuchi

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Excellent backup software...

fall3n said:
I'm looking for some excellent backup software. I have an external HD and basically I want a program that runs itself once a week and backs up the selected areas I want it to. It'd be really nice if say I move things around on the backup area it'd see that it was moved and replicate this, but not just add it in. (So there arn't duplicate files all over the back up drive)

Does anyone know a program that can do this for me?
LaCie's "Silverkeeper" is excellent, and free.
try it out.
 

will0407

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I've downloaded iBackup, and it looks like a decent piece of software. One thing I am a bit confused about is that I have a 120GB HD in my MB. I have about 26GB free, which means I've used about 85 GB, as the actual capacity is 111GB.

Anyway, when i select all the options in the "will" folder- music, movies, document etc, the total is only 65GB, which is 20GB short of the current total system size.

I want to do a complete system backup, but 65GB isn't the whole system, so how can I achieve this?

Any info as alway is appreciated
 

dolphin1

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I too want to back up files so I can re install my OSx from scratch. I have a nasty item from earthlink that I can't get rid of right now.
I don't have an external HD to swich info onto. Is there a program (free program) that will suite my needs?
I'm on an eMac OSX 10.2 I have a zip disk which I can transfer onto.
 

n8236

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There was an article on Digg that compared OSX backup software and SuperDuper is the only, if not the very few backup programs that has a true mirror/bootable or watever backup compared to the rest.

SuperDuper is worthy of buying, I use it on a weekly basis. And one time my OSX failed, and I restored it in less than an hr.
 

radiantm3

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There was an article on Digg that compared OSX backup software and SuperDuper is the only, if not the very few backup programs that has a true mirror/bootable or watever backup compared to the rest.

SuperDuper is worthy of buying, I use it on a weekly basis. And one time my OSX failed, and I restored it in less than an hr.
I agree on superduper. I've been through apple's backup software, silverkeeper, chronosync, and a few others. Superduper definitely gives the most piece of mind and does an excellent job cloning your main drive.