In the Mac vs. Windows PC wars, one thing is certain. Macs are selling like crazy to schools, business, and governments.
High on the list of all three customers is the need to have dependable, secure, and stable back up system. What’s wrong with Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner? As a combination, not much. Unlike home users, organizations seem to want more features, more capability, more complexity.
Continuous Back Up vs. Event Back Up
Your Mac’s Time Machine app provides a continuous back up of Mac files to an external (or, second) hard disk drive. Time Machine is also easy to use, and relatively easy to find and retrieve lost files.
Time Machine is not a good option to get your Mac running again if a hard disk fails.
Carbon Copy Cloner makes a perfect companion to Time Machine because it clones your Mac’s hard disk to another disk—a suitable bootable, if you will.
Time Machine is a continuous back up, which is good. CCC is a complete back up, which relies on an event—triggered by a once a day schedule, or manually, when you remember.
Wouldn’t it be great to combine both features into a single Mac app?
Your Mac’s Data Shadow
Our office is evaluating NTI Shadow—a Mac app that provides continuous back up (as does Time Machine) yet combines complete disk drive cloning with other hand back up features.
Shadow will back up everything on your Mac—photos, music, documents, files, movies, email—everything. Or, just specific files which you decide to back up. Shadow continuously monitors your Mac. When you save a file, change a file, download a file, it gets backed up.
No waiting an hour for Time Machine to wake up, find the file, then save it. No waiting for the end-of-day scheduled back up via Carbon Copy Cloner. The set up process cannot be easier.
Select one of the three back up schemes for a specific back up job. You can have multiple back up jobs to take advantage of all three options.
You may even choose specific files and folders to back up, to make sure that the most valuable files are saved on multiple hard disk drives.
Finally, you can choose where to back up your files (which may vary, depending upon the back up method chosen).
After that, Shadow is truly set it and forget it.
The back ups are continuous, while you work or while you’re away from your Mac. The Mac cloning can be scheduled, of course. Or, use the Continuous or Interval scans of everything on your Mac, or back up only specific folders.
Shadow works on both PowerPC or Intel Macs and requires an external hard disk drive for cloning a Mac, USB or FireWire.
What Mac users truly like about the combination of Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner is the flexibility and low cost. With dual external disk drives you get the best of both worlds.
NTI Shadow combines continuous and event back ups to make an even more powerful solution. Shadow is a very good option for organizations—schools, businesses, government agencies—which require a set it up and forget it approach, but this method makes sense for home users, too, and except for the price tag, can be better than the free back up options.