She had problems with the disk drive in your Mac. What I heard as I passed by was, “I didn’t know I was supposed to backup files. Nobody told me.” I can only imagine how many millions or tens of millions of Apple’s customers have a similar perspective. What if you’re a Mac user with a gazillion files to backup?
It’s Not Noah’s Arq
Noah from the Bible can be credited with instituting the fist known backup plan by loading up the ark with a wide variety of animals; ostensibly to help re-populate the earth after the flood disaster.
Mac users interested in massive backups have multiple solutions, but only one avoids the catastrophic problems of tornado, flood, hurricane, earthquake or fire.
Assuming you have a backup plan with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner or Time Machine already, consider adding Arq to the mix.
What you get with this elegant utility is a simple off-site, non-premise backup system that works silently in the background to store files away from your external disk or Time Machine, both of which can be lost during a catastrophic disaster.
Once Arq is setup, it automatically backs up files to Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Web Services, or even to a remote server via sFTP.
Setup and configuration is straightforward, too. Simply select the files on your Mac that you want to backup. Then select which online service to use, enter the account credentials, and Arq begins the backup process, and performs a backup according to a schedule that you set.
Arq can backup files to a variety of online services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft OneDrive, sFTP servers, and many others. Files are encrypted and all the important Mac file attributes are saved.
Why backup files online? Disasters happen. Plus, online storage prices continue to drop and become more affordable. The only real issue with saving files online is uploading bandwidth, but Arq backs up in the background and does not use much of your Mac’s resources, though it may take awhile for larger backups.
Arq is nicely done, easy to setup and use, simple to download and restore, and gets updated frequently. And, there’s a try-before-you-buy option.