Why is it that so many Mac users don’t have back ups when there are so many Mac back up apps? Think of it this way.
Turn on your Mac. Nothing happens. The hard disk drive is dead. What about your email, Documents, movies, music, photos? They’re all gone. Remember that back up plan? The right Mac back up app makes Mac catastrophe a trivial exercise in recovery.
Is The Best Back Up App That Good?
Allow me to climb out on a limb and identify what I think is the best Mac app for cloned back ups. It’s SuperDuper! Easier than easy, SD! makes a perfect, idiot proof clone of your Mac’s hard disk drive.
It’s fast, painless, accurate, dependable, affordable.
What’s not to like about SuperDuper!
SD! can be scheduled to back up a Mac’s drive. Incremental back ups are fast. Pre-configurations make basic back ups a no-brainer, even for new Mac users.
I like SD! I use SD! I recommend SD! But SuperDuper! is missing some features I would like to have on my family of Macs.
The Missing Features In Synk
Synk is a Mac app that fits into that sweet spot between SD! and enterprise back up solutions, and throws in nearly a dozen features you’ll find useful to necessary.
Unlike SD! and other back up apps, Synk comes in three versions, all affordable. The basic Synk Backup does full on bootable backups with faster incremental backups.
$10 more gets Synk Standard which adds 2-way synchronization between devices (not easy to accomplish in SD!); very handy if you have multiple Macs. It also handles compressed archives and a host of user-activated rules.
$10 more gets Synk Pro which adds N-way (multiple) synchronization, preview back ups, more rules and rule types, can be run as any user, and does encrypted back ups.
These are features and functions you won’t find easily implemented in SD!
- 2-way Synchronization
- N-way (multi) Synchronization
- Batched Runs
- Conflict Detection
- Preview and Log search in the UI
- Rules for File size, kind, type, creator
- Compressed Archives
- Encrypted Backups
- Any User Backups
Both SD! and Synk make incremental back ups, which are much faster than creating a back up from scratch, only backing up files which have changed since the last back up. It’s faster, yes, but can still take many minutes to back up a large hard disk drive
Synk employs a proprietary technology called ZeroScan.
Basically, it’s a behind-the-scenes app (runs in the background) which watches which files you change while you’re working on your Mac.
Since ZeroScan knows all the files that have been touched and changed since the last back up, the next incremental back up is blazingly fast. Only those Mac files get copied to the last back up.
If speed of back up is important, that’s a nice function to have built-in. In my usage, ZeroScan makes incremental back ups about 10 times faster than SD (which is also fast). Even for basic back ups, SD!‘s user interface is less complex, easier to set up. But Synk comes with some tough-to-beat features which make it a worthy competitor.