Do you back up your Mac? Please. I preach because I care. Horror stories abound of Mac users who start up their Macs only to have nothing happen. Another wonky hard disk drive has died. There are dozens of ways to back up a Mac. Here’s another good one.
It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
I bought Déjà Vu years ago, long before the really sophisticated apps came along that perfectly cloned a Mac’s hard disk drive. What I liked about Déjà Vu then is what you would like today. Scheduled, unattended backups of important folders.
The latest version of Déjà Vu now works with Mac OS X Lion and will clone your Mac’s disk drive, too. Unlike most Mac backup apps, Déjà Vu is a Preference Pane, and resides in your Mac’s System Preferences.
What it does, though, isn’t much different than many other Mac backup apps. It clones a Mac’s disk. It backs up folders from one location to another. It archives backups, both automatically and manually.
The backups are incremental, which means the first one backs up everything, but subsequent backups copy only changed files, so the backup is much faster.
It even backs up files over a network, mirrors a folder’s contents from one location to another, and does, well pretty much what every good Mac backup app should do. The interface is basic and self explanatory.
Once enabled, click the Plus + button to create a backup, assign a specific time and date (or repeating date), click the pop up for What and Where to select a From and a Target.
That’s pretty much it. Déjà Vu has a few more features than Carbon Copy Cloner, which is free, but may be easier for you to set up and manage a number of folder backups.
What I’d like to see in Déjà Vu (or most other popular backup apps) is a folder watch option, which automatically mirrors the files in two folders, so that when one file is changed in one folder, it’s automatically updated, changed, and even archived in another folder.