Every Mac user knows the value of a good backup system. At Mac360 we’ve long promoted a multi-step backup which uses external disk drives to clone a Mac, and Time Machine to capture and save changed files.
While that recommended system is good, it has a single weakness which doesn’t account for catastrophic events which could destroy both the clone backup and the Time Machine backup. Here’s a better backup option.
Noah And The Backup Arq
A catastrophic event– fire, theft, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, et al– which destroys your Mac and backups could render your carefully planned and executed backup plan mostly moot.
The only way around that is to have an offsite, non-premise backup component in your backup plan.
You can do that by putting an extra hard disk drive storage device into the mix, and taking it to a safety deposit box every few days.
Or, backup online. There are plenty of online backup plans available at attractive pricing, but one that caught my eye a long time ago is Arq. It’s a Mac app that securely backs up Mac files to Amazon’s popular S3, Simple Storage System online.
Arq does the backup deed in the background and according to a schedule you manage. One you set it up to backup files to Amazon’s inexpensive storage, it just works (you’ll need to set up an Amazon account to use S3).
Controls are straightforward, friendly, and not intimidating at all.
Select the folders of files you want to backup online, and Arq does the rest. It prepares the files, and uploads everything to a folder on your Amazon S3 account, and it does it behind the scenes, in the background, and automatically.
I’ve used Amazon S3 for many years, and, indeed, all of Mac360’s graphics are backed up and served from Amazon’s reliable server system.
Enter the only real issue with backing up critical files online. It takes awhile to backup many gigabytes online, so I recommend that you start with a few files and folders, perhaps the Documents folder. Then, step-by-step, add others of value– photos, music, movie clips, and so on.
In the end, you’ll have the nearly ultimate home user backup system. A clone for your Mac’s hard disk drive, a Time Machine backup of all files, and an online backup of critical files.