The current state of backup tools for Mac OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by leons, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. leons macrumors 6502

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    I have been looking for a good backup solution, both for my local network as well as remote/offsite backup (I'm not a fan of Time Machine). I'm not looking for recommendations as such (although they are welcome) as the net abounds with reviews and recommendations. What I am concerned with is how well OSX backup tools/services are preserving metadata. (Some general background information here: (http://blog.plasticsfuture.org/2006/04/23/mac-backup-software-harmful/). There used to be a tool, backup-bouncer (https://github.com/n8gray/Backup-Bouncer), that tested a backup for metadata completeness (I say "used to be" because it hasn't been updated in 4 years). Backup companies/services/reviews used to speak to how many of the backup-bouncer tests were passed. However, there seems to be little attention (that I can find) paid to this issue lately. My questions:

    Is there an (updated) way to test a backup produced by a product/service that will check for completeness of metadata preservation in a backup? How to be assured that a backup program/service (such as Arq) preserves all metadata in it's backup?

    TIA!
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The Arq dev. says it passes all the Backup Bouncer tests. If you have questions about his test methodology, you should shoot him an email. I have found the dev. to be very responsive the couple times I had questions.

    http://www.haystacksoftware.com/arq/

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  4. leons thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, will do. But, I doubt that those test are still valid, as they haven't been updated in over 4 years.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You mean the test app? I don't think anything has changed in four years as far a meta data etc, so I think it would still be valid.
     

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