My Mac backup system is time honored and true. It works. SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the Mac’s hard disk drive. An extra disk drive for Time Machine. And critical files are copied to an online storage service.
From time to time I try out different backup apps. If nothing improves without change, testing out a new backup app from time to time is mandatory.
This week I tried out the very inexpensive OneWaySync app. For less than two dollars do you get what you pay for?
OneWaySync simply copies files from one source to a target; one folder to another folder. All the right features are there and it’s drop dead easy to setup and use.
The backups are as the name implies. One way only, from source to target. It mirrors up to 10 preconfigured folders of files. As it copies updates, it only copies files that have changed.
You can have it delete files on the target that are no longer on the source. And there’s an option to copy hidden files and folders, too. It even logs what it does and can perform multiple syncs at the same time.
OneWaySync is inexpensive. It’s simple to setup and use. What’s not to like?
Time and again in my tests, OneWaySync would copy files and folders the first time without a problem. Subsequent syncs were problematic. Some new files and folders wouldn’t copy from the source to the target.
There’s no warning if a target disk (or disk image) is full which results in an incomplete backup.
The Mac does not have a shortage of backup or sync apps. Prices range from free to nearly free to worthwhile to overly expensive. The single most important ingredient in a backup system is trust, and that’s earned over time. Even at $1.99 a backup or sync app has to perform flawlessly.