Backup apps come and go, and most of us, once we find one that works well, stick with it. I can’t remember why I decided to move on from this one, but once I found out I could create bootable clones with the likes of SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner, other backups became passé. Here’s one that came back.
Backups All Over Again
The Mac backup utility I’m referring to is called Déjà Vu and it’s been around since the early 2,000s. What sets it apart from most backup apps is where it lives.
Déjà Vu is a Mac System Preferences > Preference Pane backup utility. It’s been updated to handle bootable backups and it features a built-in scheduler.
That may be about all you need to know but it has other backup functions which you’ll find useful.
The bootable backup alone is worth the price of admission. It clones your Mac’s disk drive to an external drive so well that the backup can be used to startup your Mac.
Setting up a backup is straightforward and starts with When. Set it up for Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Manually. Then, Déjà Vu becomes more standard with source file and target location defined as What and Where.
The Preference Pane controls make it simple enough to clone your entire Mac’s disk, or simply backup a number of folders from one place to another; according to a schedule or manually.
Déjà Vu supports file archives, too, so instead of overwriting a file that’s change, the app saves multiple versions. You know; just in case.
This utility features most of the standard backup functionality found elsewhere, including remote server login, folder and file mirroring, and incremental backups. The latter is important. The first backup copy takes more time, but additional backups only update files that have changed, speeding up the backup process.
Back in the day I enjoyed using Déjà Vu because it was mostly set it and forget it. Well, it’s back, does more, including backup clones, and is priced in the middle of the range of popular backup utilities.