Encrypted Backups - Software Options?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Avery1, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Avery1 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2010
    Does anyone have recommendations for MacOS (10.6) backup software that meets the following?

    I am also interested to learn if rsync (or even better -- an rsync front end) is capable of doing all these things?


    *** Gotta haves ***
    - STABLE & Proven
    - Encrypted backups (AES-128 or better)
    - Ability to backup filevault user data, while user is logged in
    - Ability to exclude filevault sparse images
    - Decent scheduling capabilities
    - Allows file/folder/volume exclusions and/or includes
    - Backup of clients on the network (prefer multi-platform)
    - Some level of file/media validation

    *** Nice to haves ***
    - rsync based
    - Friendly GUI
    - Multi-processor/thread capable
    - algorithms that allow for block level backup, instead of file-level backups (i.e. large files that change aren't backed up every time)
    - compression capabilities
    - Open Source or Low Cost
    - Notifications for failed backups
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    rsync can definitely do most of that. It doesn't do encryption, but it can backup to a destination that is an encrypted volume. An encrypted volume can be created either with Disk Utility or TrueCrypt. rsync also doesn't have scheduling, but you can use cron to schedule it. Not sure what this meant, "Backup of clients on the network (prefer multi-platform)."

    One front end I know of for rsync is Grsync. Reading through the man page for rsync will show you how to include and exclude directories.

    Another front-end is Carbon Copy Cloner, and it has scheduling.

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