Time Machine is useful. SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner make bootable clones. Sometimes you need more and you want the backup process to be easier. For that, there’s Get Backup, a truly Mac-like backup tool that clones, syncs, encrypts, and gives you an easier way to backup specific app files.
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What we like about Get Backup is the basic backup interface. It’s a traditional Left Target-Right Target app so you know at a glance where files are from and where they’re going.
You choose which files or folders you want to backup and in which direction (left or right).
Click the big blue start button and Get Backup begins to backup whatever files and folders you selected.
Backup to another hard disk drive. Backup to a CD or DVD or a network connected server, disk, or Mac.
Large backups can be sectioned to fit on multiple DVDs. Restoring doesn’t even require Get Backup so your Mac’s backed up files are not left in limbo land.
Here’s what Get Backup looks like to start.
Click the Left Target button to choose what you want to backup. Click the Right Target button to choose where you want to backup.
Click Properties to look at the backup details. There’s even simple drag and drop icon templates to backup Mail, iTunes, iPhoto, Address Book, and Documents without trying to figure out where all the files are on your Mac.
Files can also be synchronized between to folders, either Mac to external storage, or over a network.
Get Backup also features a built-in scheduler for each of your backup projects (which are listed at the bottom of the interface).
And, if you’re impressed with the basic simplicity of the backup setup process, you’ll still be able to get your geek on with additional pop up options for each backup destination (choose to encrypt, exclude or include the Mac’s invisible files, set archive size limits, and schedule a backup).
So far, so good, right? What’s not to like?
Get Backup versions.
Get Backup Free gives you most of the useful functions of the Pro version, but doesn’t include cloning, bi-directional sync, and other file options, including encryption.
The Pro version has all that and more. But the Mac App Store version of Get Backup doesn’t do Mac clones (which is a limitation imposed by Apple on the developer).
However, if you choose the Pro version from BeLight Software, you get all those goodies. Pro or Free, this is the kind of backup tool you probably want and need on your Mac.
It’s easy to figure out what to backup and where to back it up without engaging in rocket surgery or brain science. Get Backup isn’t a clone backup app in the likes of Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! but it does the job of backing up critical files with ease.