When it comes to backup apps and methods, Mac users have many choices, some better than others, some are free and easy, others are complex, complicated, and expensive.
With a couple of exceptions, what most of us want in a backup utility you’ll find in SuperDuper!, ChronoSync, and Carbon Copy Cloner, all great backup choices, each different, each with unique features, all with good reputations– and each with a slightly higher than average price tag.
Here’s an alternative Mac backup app that comes with plenty of useful features beyond the basics, but packaged into an easier to use interface– and lower price tag. The app is called Get Backup Pro.
Backup, Archive, Clone, Sync
Most of the good Mac backup utilities focus on the standard and time honored Source and Target backup or sync method. Select the folder or Mac volume you want to backup as the Source, then select the Target destination of where you want to backup files and folders. That methodology works very well, and that’s where Get Backup Pro begins. Source and Target. For a new Mac backup utility to compete against an entrenched set of rivals, Get Backup Pro did a few things different (besides a lower price tag). More features, yet actually a bit easier to use.
First, Get Backup Pro features four easy-to-administer backup methods. Click the tab and select from Backup, Clone, Archive, and Synchronize. Each has features that match the backup type.
Files from your Mac can be backed up automatically to another Mac or to an external disk drive (or, anywhere else on your Mac) connected to your Mac– with just a click. That includes a Full backup of everything, a Versioned backup, or an Incremental backup of only files that have changed. All of the backup types can be scheduled to run automatically thanks to the built-in scheduler. Point, click, schedule.
Think automated backups.
The Clone tab option means your Mac’s hard disk drive or SSD can be cloned to an external disk drive which then becomes bootable– the perfect backup to use when your Mac itself has a problem (cloned backups can be used on nearly any new Mac).
Of course, Get Backup Pro also backs up files to CDs, DVDs, or any mounted Mac storage device, including those that connect via USB, ATA, SCSI, FireWire, and network volumes. Every Mac user worries about losing files and often the most difficult files to backup and restore are from Photos, Mail, iTunes, Contacts, iMovie, and Documents. All those important files are included in a clone, but can also be backed up, archived, or synchronized.
Privacy and security are major items of concern for Mac and PC owners these days, and Get Backup Pro provides multiple levels of encryption standards to ensure that others cannot open your backed up archives– AES-128, AES-256, Blowfish or Triple DES encryption.
As with most high end backup systems, Get Backup Pro comes with a scheduler, incremental backups, encryption, both full and versioned backups, options to backup files, folders, and volumes, and a bootable clone for quick restores.
Considering the lengthy list of features, Preferences are nominal, understandable, and mostly self explanatory.
Both SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner make it easy to clone a Mac to a bootable backup, but other features are missing or cumbersome to implement. ChronoSync may be the most powerful Mac backup utility ever, but the learning curve is steep.
All three are solid, dependable backup apps easily recommended, but I have no trouble recommending the latest version of Get Backup Pro (new version not available on the Mac App Store) because it provides the basic backup requirements of Backup, Clone, Archive, and Sync, with rock solid encryption, and an automatic scheduler make it something of a bargain because it has few more features and a slightly lower price tag from a longtime Mac app developer.