What’s your Mac backup plan? Do you use Time Machine? Or, does your backup plan include a fully bootable cloned hard disk of your Mac?
Whatever the plan, there’s a Mac app or two or three to help save you files in the event of a catastrophic event. As the value of your files, documents, music, movies, and photos increase, so does the complexity and expense of a backup plan.
The scenario that should spur us into action for a real backup system on our Macs is simple. You turn on your Mac and nothing happens. The hard disk drive is dead.
All your photos, movies, documents, music? They’re gone.
All those files you’ve carefully saved, stored, cultivated for years? They’re gone.
Repairing or retrieving files from a dead disk drive is an expensive and time consuming proposition, hence the need for a backup plan that covers a catastrophic disaster and a quick back-to-life option.
As we researched Mac backup apps we came to two conclusions. The first: there are a few dozen apps to sync or backup your Mac files. The second: we’re still not sure if it’s backup (all one word) or back up (two words) so we’ll use both.
I use the Mac’s built-in Time Machine as part of my backup regimen. It doesn’t take long to realize The Many Trials And Tribulations Of Time Machine.
It’s great at getting specific files back, but not so good at catastrophic recovery, and downright poor at getting your Mac up and running quickly.
One aspect of the backup methodology we like (OK, I like) is a simple process, as in Free: Back Up Your Important Mac Files With A Click.
Amazingly, there are free Mac apps that do a very credible job of extending your backup system beyond Time Machine.
One of the top two Mac apps that clone your hard disk drive and create a bootable backup has fewer features than a less popular app, hence 9 Reasons To Use Synk And Not The Top Mac Back Up App.
The complexity and expense of a backup plan does not need to be directly related to the value of the files on your Mac. We’ll explore the free, the expensive, the easy, and the complex so that by the end of the week you’ll have a dozen apps and methods from which to choose.
Do you have files from USB flash disks or SD cards? How do you back them up? What? You don’t? Maybe you need An Easy Way To Auto Backup To A USB Disk Drive. Plug in the flash disk or SD card, and the backup is automatic.
It’s one thing to backup your files to a CD or DVD, but something else to backup to a hard disk drive connected to your Mac. Both are toast if your house or office catches fire, gets caught in a mudslide, or is dashed to pieces by a Russian toilet seat from outer space.
Here’s the story of How Amazon Can Be Your Secret mac Backup Plan. Amazon? Yep. The same Amazon that sells books, iPods, gadgets or goodies online.
If money is an issue for you, and yet you want features and control of your Mac’s backups, then you need The Easy Way To Free Backups On Your Mac.
It’s mostly free, but not quite nagware.
To back up your Mac’s critical files online or not. That is the question. You can backup files Mac to Mac, Mac to extra hard disk drive, Mac to USB flash drive or SD card, or to CD or DVD.
The 21st century is all about backing up online, and your Mac can do that twenty eleven different ways. It’s Almost Free: Backup Mac Files On The Internet explores the good, the bad, the ugly, and the less free ways to go modern.
Instead of all these different Mac apps for backups, and syncs, and bootable clones, isn’t there One App To Sync Files, Backup Files, And Create A Bootable Backup Clone instead?
It works, but it’s not pretty.
Do you like your backups simple or complex? Do you prefer easy to flexible?
If you know how to spell L-I-N-U-X then you’re leaning to the geekier side of life.
Maybe you need A Super Flexible File Sync App just for Mac geeks. Or, Mac and Linux geek wannabes.
Regardless, nearly perfect backups with nearly endless features and functions are available so long as you can remember the name Super Flexible File Synchronizer. Say it again, just to be sure. Super Flexible File Synchronizer.
If you could have only one Mac app that could do backups, syncs, and bootable clones, what would it be? You’d want The Best Mac App For Clones And Syncs And Backups, of course.
Not all Mac backup apps are created equal, and they range from free to complicated. Dig into the details of our backup app Shootout: The Top 4 Backup Apps Go Head-to-head. Hint: It’s a hung jury. Any one of the four will do the deed and save your files.
Finally, everyone has a favorite Mac backup plan. You have one, right? If not, consider this Mac expert’s expert backup plan, which he humbly describes as the best ever in 4 Ways This Mac Backup Plan Is The Best Ever. Even better, it’s not exactly expensive to pull off and might save your files from theft, fire, tsunami, flood, hurricane, earthquake, and the Tea Party.
Monday, we’ll bring it all home on Day 7 with a full-on list of backup, synchronization, and cloning options to pick and choose and use.