Best backup software.

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  1. cmuench macrumors member

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    I need backup software that I can easily restore from. Let me explain. I will be using an external firewire backup drive. I need software that will let me restore from the image. So either I do a quick reinstall of OS X and then do a restore with software or software that lets me grab specific files form the backup. The cheaper the better yet it has to have the ability to do incrementals. Thanks for any help in this matter.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    SuperDuper! is free, but you have to pay for incremental updates :)
     
  3. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    It's worth the $25...
     
  4. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    SuperDuper! is great. I am using the free version and have no problems. I will probably end up paying the $25 to upgrade.
     
  5. psychofreak Retired

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    Yeah...but I'll get Time Machine with Leopard...
     
  6. cmuench thread starter macrumors member

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    I have heard good things about superduper. However how is it to restore from?
     
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Every Mac OS X system ships with "dump". It's free and you already have it on your system. Below is a quote from the Mac OS X's on-line manual:

    Dump can make multiple "levels" of incrementals so you can set up some complex cycles if yuo want or you could go with just the simple full backup followed by deltas from that. Your option. It works best if you set this up to be automatic and run at (say) 2:00am every morning

    From the terminal type "man dump" for more info.
     
  8. psychofreak Retired

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    Really, really, really easy :)
     
  9. heySparky macrumors regular

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    the terminal scares some people and other people just shouldn't use it.
     
  10. Akira1980 macrumors 6502

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    If you have .mac, you can use "Backup." (You can download it for free) I've been using for a while now and it works great.
     
  11. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I use and really like SmartBackup. Works great for me. As for restoring, I've never had to and hopefully never do! <knocks on wood>
     
  12. Corran macrumors newbie

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    What would be a good solution to backing up both the mac and windows bootcamp partitions on a HD? Perhaps just clone the mac side to another HD? (using carbon copy cloner or SuperDuper, etc.) But then what about windows?
     
  13. iSee macrumors 68040

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    There's a utility called Winclone that works with bootcamp partitons.
    I haven't had a chance to try it yet, though, so I don't know weather or not to recommend it yet.

    Link: http://www.twocanoes.com/winclone/
     
  14. david06 macrumors member

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    I would like to run automatic nightly incremental backups to an external hard drive. I do not want a bootable clone of my hard drive, I want real backup software that can do incremental backups -- I want the ability to get a file back that was on my computer two weeks ago and deleted since.

    What are my options?
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    wait for time machine?
     
  16. david06 macrumors member

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    Is this seriously the only option?

    I'm amazed I can't find anything... how can something without the ability to do incremental backups even call itself a backup program?
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the only other one i thought of was Retrospect, but that doesn't seem to have incremental backups either. :rolleyes:
     
  18. dschiller macrumors regular

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    I think Synk has what you want, though I've never used it. It has a demo, so you can try it out.
     
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  21. hodgjy macrumors 6502

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    I've used iBackup, and it seems to do a decent job. For the price (free), you can't beat it.
     
  22. Photography macrumors 65816

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    I use the paid version of SuperDuper! on a daily basis to backup my entire machine (well, it backs up automatically very early in the morning), and it works seamlessly.

    coolosxapps
     
  23. theBB macrumors 68020

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    It can do incremental backups, but it is not user friendly, so I doubt you can recover just one file. Actually it looks quite confusing, there is a good chance you won't be able to recover anything if your harddisk fails. :)

    I have never used SuperDuper, but once you have a copy or clone of your harddisk with incremental backups, you can just go in there, navigate through the same folder hierarchy as the one in your primary disk and locate your file. However, it will be the last version, let's say the one it copied over the previous night if you have automated your backups. You cannot skip three versions and use the one from two weeks ago. Most of the time that's OK.

    I believe Retrospect can help you with that, as it does not delete the old versions while doing incremental backups. It is the same system big IT departments use. However, like I've said before, it is not very user friendly. You cannot just use Finder to locate something. You have to unarchive a lot of stuff up to a certain time period through Retrospect's interface, which may take some time and then locate the file you are interested in. For a user friendly, easy to use version, you need to wait for Time Machine.
     
  24. DeathAxe macrumors newbie

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    I use SuperDuper! as well. I do backups every week without any problem.
     
  25. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i'm interested in using SuperDuper to make a nightly clone of my primary drive, complete w/ OS, apps, and registrations.

    has anyone done a complete restore from such a clone, and did everything work perfectly? or did some apps have to be re-registered, for example.
     

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