Is there a good Backup utility for the Mac like Second Copy for Window
Posted 03 August 2007 - 02:07 PM
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:41 PM
Here are some features that I like:
* The user interface is simple and intuitive; well-designed. For simple backups, you can set up the options and run with about 3 mouse clicks.
* There are several buttons down the left side of the main program window that let you set options, define rules, and analyze the backup process.
* Options include the ability to define how reporting and error handling is done, toggle verification on and off, define how files and folders are handled (interpreted) by the program, set up archiving, define what types of file changes trigger a synchronization, set up e-mail notification when the backup is finished, and run pre- or post- synchronization Scripts.
* Rules allow you to include or exclude certain files (defined by file name or file extension, using various Boolean Logic), and filter on file size or date/time of last modification.
* One nice backup analysis tool is called "trial sync" - it goes through and analyzes what files the program will backup, where, etc., and then lists them all for you, without actually doing anything. So, if the effect isn't what you wanted, you can go back and change your options or rules, and try again.
The program lets you save various backup profiles, and also includes a very flexible and capable scheduling routine that works with those profiles.
There are a number of backup "operations", i.e., ways in which the program will carry out its backup duties, including "one way backup", "Di-directional sync", "Blind Backup", and "Mirroring". Between these, the program seems to have a very comprehensive approach to how it carries out the backup process.
Man, what a useful review. I was a PC user user for a long time and have been using Second Copy to make my backups to an external disk for about a year, when I switched to Mac. I'm a photographer and got amazed at the performance of my new Mac, so I gradually stopped using PC for most of my activities, except backup. I networked the PC and Mac to the only purpose of running Second Backup and let it retreive the new files and store them in the external device. I did some research but couldn't find an application to perform the same task directly from my Mac, so I got stuck to the PC-Mac setup. The main reason is that I wanted to preserve file organization and accesibility, so in case of disaster I could connect my external drive to any Mac or PC and continue working. I didn't want programs with propietary backup files, so none of the most common backup solution was the right one for me.
I just installed the free version of ChronoSync for some testing, but I'm sure it will fulfill my expectations.
Thank you GeoEng51! I will post my experience after using this program for a little while.
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