In that scenario your files are gone. Music, movies, photos, documents– everything. That’s why a regular backup scheme is important, manual or automatic. Time Machine is one approach. So is SuperDuper!, ChronoSync, or Carbon Copy Cloner. So is almost anything automatic and free.
Free And Automatic
My personal preference for a backup plan is multiple hard disk drives, with critical files also stored online. If you’re on a budget then the free and automatic aspect of Backup To Go is hard to beat.
The caveat with any decent backup plan is extra storage– connected USB disks, SD cards, USB stick or thumb drives, and the like.
That’s what makes Backup To Go a decent alternative. Each storage device you plug into your Mac can be configured to work with Backup To Go. When it’s plugged in, backups are automatic.
Select just the files you want backed up. After the first backup Backup To Go automatically backs up only files that have changed since the last backup, and you can have multiple backup settings for multiple Macs and multiple storage devices.
Everything you need is displayed in a simple user interface– backup settings on the left, files and folders to be backed up on the right. Backup files automatically or use the handy Menubar drop down menu.
Every Mac backup plan has a few tradeoffs and Backup To Go is no different.
For example, some additional, though not critical, functions cost 99-cents. Unlike Time Machine, the app does not backup your apps or OS X files. If you’re backing up Pictures, Music, and Movies, you’ll probably need a larger external hard disk drive (beyond the capacity of SD cards, and USB thumb drives). And, no matter what, Backup To Go should be only one of the multiple backup components in your backup plan.
This app isn’t the most comprehensive backup solution, but it’s priced right, works well enough, and there’s enough automated options to make it a worthy addition to your Mac.