Isn’t it ironic that Mac users have dozens of ways to back up important files and we still forget? That’s why Apple’s Time Machine is useful.
How about an app that automatically remembers to back up files from a USB flash drive, or a camera’s SD flash drive every time we plug it into our Macs? By automatically, I mean it doesn’t ask permission. We don’t have to tell it to do anything. It does it. Automatically.
Backup Pocket Files To Your Mac
I have half a dozen USB flash cards, drives, pens, devices which I carry from here to there. That’s not to mention the other half dozen digital camera flash memory cards which I use to dump movies and photos into my Mac.
For the most part, it all works as planned. Mostly.
I plug the USB device into my Mac.
Then I copy the files wherever they need to go. Then I erase the USB device and get ready for another trip or photo session. See the problem?
Usually, I’m in a hurry to erase the USB flash drive (or camera card). And sometimes I delete photos or files that I shouldn’t. I could use a recovery application but I found a better solution.
Instant USB Backup
My Mac is better at automatically completing tasks that I need a to-do list or check list to complete. USB Backup is a Mac app that automatically backs up whatever is on my USB flash drives or digital camera cards when I plug them into my Mac.
That just sounds too easy, right? Let me repeat the complexity step-by-step.
First, plug in the USB flash drive or digital camera card to your Mac. Second, do whatever you normally do. Between the first and second steps, the USB Backup app automatically made a backup of all the files.
You choose the backup location. USB Backup makes a folder in that location which is creatively named USB Backups. Every time you insert a USB flash disk or USB digital camera card, USB Backup, which is running in the background, says to itself, “I shall commence copying all these files to my aforementioned backup location.”
Those may not be the exact words, but that’s the digital sentiment.
USB Backup works as a background process. You wouldn’t even know it was there except for the Menubar icon.
Click it, and you get a few options, including the location of the files copied, total bytes used, and an option to run USB Backup when you start your Mac (recommended, otherwise, you could forget to start it, and that would be like having USB Backup but not using it).
Not every Mac user needs such functions, but if you move data back and forth between your Mac and a USB flash drive, Jump drive, SD card, it’s nice to have an instant, on-the-fly, don’t-think-about-it backup made for you. USB Backup also lets you restore all of whatever you’ve saved should it get lost or erased.