Human pride being what it is I like to think my tried and true, time honored backup system is the cat’s pajamas among backups. I clone each Mac using the famed SuperDuper! I use Time Machine. And critical files are backed up between Macs using ChronoSync, and they’re backed up off premise using Arq.
So, why would I recommend a different Mac backup app? Different strokes for different folks. Add up the cost of the extra external disk drives in my backup system to the cost of three different backup apps, plus an online service, and you can see an immediate issue.
If you’re on a budget but need a decent backup app to move important files to another Mac or a second disk drive, check out Sync Folders Pro. It’s much less expensive than the brand name backup options, easier to setup and use the first time, but has plenty of bells and whistles as your backup requirements become more complex.
Sync Folders Pro may need a new name because it does more, but it’s also a good Mac citizen– the app is straightforward and simple to setup up and use.
Four utility tabs grace the top of the app’s user interface. Sync, Tasks, Last Changes, Log, and Settings. Tasks are really backup projects and you can have multiple tasks.
Start with Sync. Create a task name. Sync Folders Pro uses the standard Source and Target, so use Folder A as the source and Folder B as the target destination. Sync mode can be set in each task as one way from source or from target back to source, or sync between folders.
The most complicated component of Sync Folders Pro is the Tasks section which lists all backup Tasks, and lets you configure each one, including the backup schedule so the app can run unattended. It even syncs folders across a network, logging in and disconnecting when the backup is completed.
The Last Changes gives you a quick look at what was backed up and when. Sync Folders Pro does incremental backups and syncs which speeds up the process. Right out of the box this is a good way to backup or sync files from your Mac to another disk, another Mac, or another storage option on the network.
That said, there are plenty of additional settings that make it useful to more advanced Mac users (for example, filters and scripts). There’s even a free trial version on the Mac App Store called simply Sync Folders— with a few limited features but enough to try before you buy.
This won’t replace my convoluted and expensive backup system for my Macs, but if you’re new to backups or need something more automated than drag and drop, Sync Folders Pro is an affordable and competent solution.