besr free backup app?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tonywalker23, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. tonywalker23 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2003
    i have .mac and use backup but im not going to rebuy it i dont think.

    i also dont like the way apple keeps adding files to back up that have been modified (that is probably confusing sounding) . . . my backup ends up being bigger in GB than my home folder actually is. for example, it will save each and every version of when all i want is the latest version.

    can any recommend anything. all i want is for my home folder to have an exact copy on my backup drive (with copying the whole home folder each time, its about 60 gb)
    maybe something that just backups files that have changed or whatever

  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    A lot of people like Carbon Copy Cloner. It makes an exact, bootable copy of your internal HDD.

    ...but it's donation-ware, so if you use it, you really should make a donation.
  3. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    I use that and apple's Backup software
  4. zweigand macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    You can also try iBackup (if you like the way Apple's Backup is set up) ..or the free App SilverKeeper (from Lacie)

    Both can be found at or
  5. Max on Macs macrumors 6502

    Max on Macs

    Feb 25, 2006
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I think Apple Backup .Mac is the best option personally. Why would you not want it to keep old versions? Isn't the point of backup (as well as to keep your stuff safe from failures) to make sure you don't screw something up that you needed to keep? I have used it for this purpose a couple times, but maybe I'm wrong. I just go in and delete some of the older backups every couple weeks when I'm sure I don't need them.
  6. wmmk macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    carbon copy ROCKS ON!!! im trying to to an applescript daemon then buy an external so that i can have the peace of mind of knowing that i will always have a bootable image of my HD. one awesome thing about windoze it system restore. then again, with the stability of mac os x, stuff like that isn' needed ;)
  7. zweigand macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    what are you wanting to do with applescript exactly?
  8. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    i use super duper! and it is just fantastic software, very easy to use
  9. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    It's good to a point, but some companies abuse it too much. Like Dell has stopped including restore disks with its computers (at least on my office machine). So if I need to restore a piece of software that came with my computer, I have to roll it all the way back to the first time I've used it. And along with it, I lose all of my other applications that I've installed. (the files and documents don't go away, but all of the applications that have been installed are wiped from the registry... so instead of installing one piece of software, you have to install a lot. what a pain in the neck.
  10. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Although SuperDuper isn't free (it's pretty cheap though), it's the ONLY backup software you should use. According to plasticfuture's comparison of popular backup solutions, SuperDuper was the only software that was able to create EXACT backup.

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