The number is growing and it depends. There’s Time Machine; good for backing up files, but not recovering a whole Mac.
There are hard disk drive (and SSD storage) cloning options, which give you a complete bit-for-bit bootable backup of your whole Mac and all files. And, then there’s email. Do you have a backup plan for your email?
If You Backup Anything, Backup Email
Time Machine and Mac clones are good backup options, but sometimes it pays to have an extra backup of more critical files.
Can you say email? How would you feel if you turned on your Mac and nothing happened? Blank screen. The Mac’s disk drive went belly up, bought the farm, kicked the bucket.
If you have a backup clone, you’re good to go within minutes. If you have Time Machine, any restoration will take awhile.
If your Mac life centers around many years of collecting email, you may need an extra layer of backup comfort. That’s what Email Backup Pro does. It backs up email. Nothing more. Nothing less.
The feature list is nominal and setup and usage is straightforward. Everything you need is on the same window.
Email Backup Pro does backups on almost every Mac email app that’s still running.
That includes Mail, Outlook 2011, Entourage (2004, 2008, and X), Eudora (both 6 and 8), Mozilla’s Thunderbird, Postbox, GyazMail and even Mailsmith.
Email Backup Pro can schedule an automatic backup, and a complete restore is no more than a few clicks.
You set the time of day to backup, select the days of the week to backup, and select the option to keep x-number of backup archives.
You can even schedule Email Backup Pro to backup and then shut down your Mac automatically (a great way to end the day).
The Backup Manager also displays all the backups for each email app on your Mac, including date, file name, and file path.
This is an elegant, useful, must-have backup app, especially if all you use is Time Machine to backup your Mac.