Looking for backup software

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  1. Dark54555 macrumors newbie

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    I have an unusual but effective backup routine. 2 external hard drives, rotating weekly to offsite storage, backing up the same computer. GFI Backup worked perfectly for this in a windows environment, but I'm looking for a Mac solution. I need it to do the following:

    1. Run two backup sets manually. Scheduling is completely useless.
    2. I prefer differential. If I accidentally delete a file, I can pretty much always recover it from the other backup. Incremental with versioning is equally useless for that reason.
    3. Needs to be able to backup local and external drives (laptop has both).
    4. Freeware is preferred.
    5. Simple is preferred.
    6. I prefer a backup that's just a naked copy. I encrypt the volume (truecrypt) and usually format in exfat so I could pull to another platform in a worst case scenario.

    Suggestions?
     
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  3. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

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    Another +1 for CarbonCopyCloner. Best software I've found. I don't know about the exFAT thing or whatever though.
     
  4. Dark54555 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought it only required HFS+ for a bootable clone.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, but as far as I have tested, I can only backup HFS+ formatted volumes and only to HFS+ formatted volumes.
     
  6. drsox macrumors 65816

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    I use CCC to backup my user files to a non HFS+ formatted NAS share. However it isn't bootable, but that's OK for this.
    I have another share on the same NAS that is used for TimeMachine and that is bootable.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    How can this be bootable, as Time Machine backups, local nor network, aren't bootable?
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I think if you're looking for a backup solution, you'll have a difficult time finding a product that supports exFAT.

    You can see if ChronoSync works however
     
  9. buzz0 macrumors newbie

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    CrashPlan is the best backup software

    I recommend Crashplan.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    That's an online backup and while not bad, I just mention that so the OP has a full sense of what it is and what it isn't
     
  11. Weaselboy, Jan 8, 2012
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    Actually, you can use the Crashplan software free for local or computer to computer backups and it is not bad. It also supports "backup sets" so might meet the OP's needs.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Dark54555 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried the windows version before I went with GFI and was not impressed.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Hmm... okay, can I have my post back then? :)
     
  14. duhr macrumors newbie

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    yes it will.

    Mac doesn't like it, but it will work. I can read mac backup files on my pc too.
     
  15. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    exFAT works fine with Lion and Mountain Lion (not sure about SL). CCC can work on it, but not for cloning the whole drive, but copying folders, yes.
     
  16. Windowsrefugee macrumors regular

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    I use CP on multiple Macs for both on site and off-site backups to other computers and drives. What specifically did ou not like about the Windows version? Or put another way, what would have "impressed" you?:p
     

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