First, how would you feel if you turned on your Mac and, well, it didn’t turn on. All your files, apps, photos, movies, and music were gone? As in toasted. History. Unrecoverable. That’s not a good feeling. Been there. Done that. The second thing to consider is the backup method.
Different Strokes On Different Folks
When it comes to backing up files on your Mac there are more ways to do it, and do it right, than politicians have ways to spend money that belongs to you and me.
The recommended method from yours truly entails a couple of additional external disk drives, and even that’s fraught with a problem.
I clone my Mac to a second, connected USB disk. And, I have yet another disk that Time Machine uses to backup files.
I’m covered, right? Nope. Even multiple storage devices won’t cover your files in the event of a catastrophic problem (hurricane, tornado, fire, theft, etc.).
Create backup sets for specific file backups or simply clone the whole Mac.
Backuplist + gives you simple options to backup and restore iTunes media, iPhoto photos, Mail messages and attachments (or, any other app and their files).
However, it works well as a simple cloning app. That means Backuplist + can clone your Mac’s disk drive to another disk.
If the Mac’s disk dies or has problems, the cloned disk can be used instead, and on any recent Mac.
The first cloned backup takes awhile as every file on the Mac gets copied to an external disk. However, subsequent backups take only minutes at Backuplist copies only those files that have changed.
Considering that Backuplist + is free, it does the best of both worlds for Mac users new to backup. It clones. And it backs up and restores the most critical files with ease. It’s not quite as elegant a backup solution of SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner, but it is simple, and it’s free.
Now, about that catastrophic hurricane, tornado, fire, or theft problem. None of the basic backup methods handle that. You’ll need to do a backup and hide it somewhere away from home or office.