Surprising? Yes. Exactly half of my one-and-a-half dozen aforementioned contacts use Time Machine to back up their Macs. The other half use apps we recommend at Mac360– specifically, SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner, and others. Time Machine? What else is out there?
In the more than 14 years since Mac360 began writing about Mac backup utilities– and we were among the first to promote the benefits of a clone via SuperDuper! and CCC– the Mac customer base has grown from about 25-million to more than 100-million, and that means even more users need backup apps.
Here’s yet another Mac backup utility. This one has an odd name and a typical pedigree. It’s called EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac. That just rolls off your tongue, no? No? I understand. Considering the feature list, ETB4M should be considered a no-brainer to use. Actually, almost any decent Mac backup app should be considered before Time Machine, including ETB4M.
Select what you want to backup, and it gets backed up. Select what you want to restore from the backup, and it gets restored.
I like that.
ETB4M does full data backups from your Mac, plus the all important incremental backups to speed up the entire backup process. It can backup using encryption. It can backup using an automated schedule. It can make a clone of your Mac that can be booted up if there’s a catastrophic problem with your Mac or its storage.
ETB4M also handles both traditional HFS+ and the new APFS file systems. Archives are easily restored on any Mac even if ETB4M is not installed.
One feature that I like, other than the scheduled automatic backups, is the option to backup to both an external device like a USB disk– or another Mac; for example, a network connected volume that uses auto-mount to the originating Mac.
If you like granular controls, ETB4M also syncs files in folders in whatever direction you like– unidirectional and bi-directional. In the FWIW Department, ETB4M also backs up Time Machine volumes via clone, with encryption, and/or compression to save space. As always, we prefer Mac utilities with money-back as well as try-before-you-buy. The app also looks and feels like a Mac app and less like a Windows utility.
Not bad for the price.