Why are there a few dozen backup and file sync apps available for Mac users? Because files are becoming increasingly valuable. And, because Macs and disk drives crash and die (usually without much warning).
Most good Mac backup apps come with a price tag and a laundry list of options. Syncovery is no different, other than there’s a version for Mac, Windows PCs, and Linux PCs.
Online backup has become more popular because Mac users want valuable files stored safely away from the Mac (just in case of a catastrophic disaster). Syncovery handles typical online file sync and backup via FTP, SFTP, SSH, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Docs, and even Microsoft Azure.
File synchronization is supported, too, which gives you options for one-way sync, two-way sync, complete backup and replication. I like the real time sync feature which monitors source folders for changes, then updates the target folder’s files accordingly.
Syncovery treats incremental backups a bit differently than most backup apps. The typical method is to backup only files which have been changed. Syncovery does block level copying, which copies only the changed blocks, which results in a faster backup (but only on block-oriented file types such as disk images and virtual disk images).
Also handy is the profile groups which give you multiple backup options depending on location and target. Backups can run in the background, and in both unattended and attended modes.
The built-in scheduler makes it simple to setup a backup and let it run while you keep busy doing something else.
So far, Syncovery (which once was called Super Flexible File Synchronizere) has handled every test backup chore I’ve given it. What is not to like? Syncovery’s interface is antiquated, confusing, and more Windows-like than an app for Mac users.
Instead of a crystal clear Source and Target destination which is standard for most Mac backup apps, Syncovery uses an archaic table layout with tiny arrows to designate direction. It works. But setup is more complicated than it needs to be.