My preferences for file backups fall into three categories. Set it and forget, basic backup clone, and custom backups. Here’s a Mac app that does the latter with more options than politicians have enemies.
3 Ways To Backup
First, if you’re not backing up your Mac you should. Think of this scenario. You turn on your Mac and it doesn’t turn on. The HDD or SSD is dead. No OS X, no apps, no photos, no music, no movies, no files.
Second, options for good backups are numerous. Time Machine is of the set it and forget it variety. Add an extra storage option, and Time Machine automatically does the deed.
Those are not the only ways to backup files on a Mac. Sometimes you need to move files between Macs in a home or office setting, and copy and synchronize files between devices. That means bells and whistles.
A long time favorite is Folders Synchronizer which backs up files between devices, keeps folders in sync between devices and can be setup to run unattended, on a schedule.
The interface displays basic options, but inside are preferences with numerous ways to setup file sync and backup not found in the more popular cloning apps.
The process is simple. Select a source folder, then select a target folder (can be on another Mac, handy to keep Documents synchronized between devices).
Copies are usually performed faster than a Finder copy option, but it’s the preferences which make FolderSynchronizer valuable as it gives you options on which files to sync or copy, and which to ignore.
It even works to copy Packages as Folders which means it’s perfect to backup or sync the Mac’s iPhoto package file. Options are extensive, including the Timers which let you schedule specific copy, backup, or sync functions according to a schedule.
Any complex backup routine may run into conflicts, and FolderSynchronizer’s Conflicts settings give you plenty of choices to overcome issues and keep the backup file integrity. The app also auto mounts local volumes, remote volumes, including AFP, SMB, and WebDAV. There’s also an option to create a bootable, cloned backup, though I find SuperDuper! to be the easiest and most accurate cloning app.
FolderSynchronizer simply has plenty of options for those who need to keep specific files in sync between backup storage or between Macs in a home or office setting.