The current state of backup tools for Mac OSX


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Apr 22, 2009
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: ( There used to be a tool, 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?



Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
Thanks, will do. But, I doubt that those test are still valid, as they haven't been updated in over 4 years.
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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