looking for a backup files and folders program

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  1. supergaia macrumors member

    supergaia

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    #1
    Hi
    i 'm looking for a backup program ,that let me backup folders (selected by me) and singles files
    i don't want to use timemachine just because i want to backup some files inside the library folder (30GB) , the files i want to backup are around 1MB

    i would like to keep my backup updated

    is there a good free software or a paid software ?
    i just google it but i find carbon copy cloner ,but it's too much for my needs
    thanks
     
  2. Superspeed500 macrumors regular

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    I do know about the following two command-line backup tools.

    I have never used them on macOS, so use with care. You could also use tar or rsync for backup, but I wouldn't recommend that.

    I know that it exist graphical frontends for Duplicity and I also think that exists for borg. Both tools can be installed with homebrew. I personally find borg to be the simplest to use from the command line.
     
  3. supergaia thread starter macrumors member

    supergaia

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    hi
    may i know what do you use to backup folders or files?
    thanks
     
  4. HDFan macrumors 65816

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    Why is it too much for your needs?

    That's exactly what it allows you to do.
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Use a flash drive, and just drag & drop these special files onto it whenever you want. No application required.
     
  6. Superspeed500 macrumors regular

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    I use the following backup solutions for my machines:
    • I use Time Machine, since I want a full system backup thats easy to move to another Mac or recover in case of disaster. That made it quite easy for me to move all my stuff to a new mac some days ago.
    • I use deja dup (duplicity frontend) on my laptop running Fedora.
    • I use the buit-in Windows backup tool for my Windows computers.
    • I use borg for my Linux servers.
    Important files is synced to my Nextcloud server which in turn is backed up to my NAS.

    All of the backups are stored on my QNAP NAS, so I can access them from almost everywhere.
     
  7. chown33 Moderator

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    Carbon Copy Cloner uses rsync to make backups. So it's effectively a GUI to rsync.
    https://bombich.com/

    CCC will also let you select exactly which folders to include or exclude. Refer to the website.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    I have used Carbon Copy Cloner for years and highly recommend it
    Simple and reliable
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    CCC is WHAT YOU WANT.

    You DON'T have to clone the entire drive.
    Just choose the "some files" option in CCC.
    Then, "DE-select" things that you DON'T want copied.
    This can be used to create a "selective clone" of only the home folder and other data files if you wish.

    BUT...
    By far, THE EASIEST WAY to keep your entire drive backed up is to just CLONE THE WHOLE THING to a backup drive.
    Then... EVERYTHING will always "be right there", in finder format. No messing with Time Machine.
    Just mount the backup drive, and copy what you want from it.
     
  10. artfossil macrumors 65816

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    Thank you so much for reminding posters of the easiest and safest option: use Carbon Copy Cloner and clone your drive! (Updating my clone right now). I learned about CCC years and years and years ago when I first joined the Apple forums and had a problem with my Dock. An experienced poster said, "Restore from your backup." What backup? I replied and then I was schooled. If only all Macs came with an external drive and a commitment to clone.
     

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