Best Regular AUTO Backup Software (NOT TIME MACHINE)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by harryhood, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. harryhood macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006
    I just got a OWC Elite 1TB HDD and its epic.

    I have been using time machine to regularly back up all my stuff. I don't really care for time machine nor will I ever use its special stuff. I simply want my information back up on a semi-regular basis (maybe once a day TOPS or once every few days). Time Machine backs up every ****ing hour and its incredibly annoying.

    Anyone have any tips for stable, great AUTO back up software?

  2. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    Same as above, I do prefer SuperDupper and would add LaCie's SilverKeeper, google it... I use it to backup my home folder. Since you are clever enough to even ask that question.. learn this... you need more then just one backup method and like so much of life, more is better. Good luck.:apple:
  3. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    You can get the app TimeMachineEditor...

    It lets you change the backup schedule.

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    You can choose the frequence (from hourly to monthly), the day and the time. Here I have it weekly.

    (Don't question the German language... if your system is in english, then the app will be too.)

    On another note, you can do as I do: power off the drive when you don't use it. Consumes less electricity, and when you want to back up, press the power button, wait for the drive to mount and back up. Simple. You get a pop up after 15 days without back up, but that's not a big problem.
  4. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    Or just set Time Machine to back up manually. That's what I do, unless I'm working on really valuable stuff I can't afford to lose. So I just run Time Machine on demand, once a week or every few days.
  5. harryhood thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006
    How do you set it to back up manually? Just turn it off and then on?
  6. Clete2 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Have you considered online backup? I have been using Mozy for around a year now ( and it is great for my needs. I backup around 80GB of information, so the first backup takes a very long time, but subsequent ones are quick. It backs up on my schedule (I set it to backup only when it is idle and twice a day) and it is very cheap. If you listen to Sean Hannity, there is some sort of discount code available (I think it tells you at

    Carbonite is a similar service, although I have not used it. I think there is a promotion code "RUSH" (Limbaugh) that also gives you a discount.

    Mozy is a great price and my family subscribes with three computers (2 PCs and 1 Mac).
  7. harryhood thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006

    Yeah, too bad I use this program and Time Machine just continues to back up whenever the **** it wants i.e ever hour. I messed around with the intervals 4 times and it still does it hourly. ****ing annoying.
  8. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    Yup, Harryhood, I keep Time Machine turned off in System Preferences. It put its own icon in my Finder's menu bar (upper right on desktop, near Airport and volume icons), so to back up I simply go to Time Machine's greyed out icon and select "Back Up Now" whenever I choose. Totally easy.

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