Mac users have choices. Many choices. Not only does the Mac as a platform have tens of thousands of well designed applications, the Mac community is pushing 80-million users, which makes the customer base attractive for app developers, and that means a little competition, which means we Mac users get better applications.
For a few years now there’s been a popular trio of Mac backup apps which include SuperDuper!, ChronoSync, and Carbon Copy Cloner. All three are different. SuperDuper! is drop dead simple and makes perfect clones; bootable backups onto an external disk drive. Carbon Copy Cloner works much the same way but with more features and a somewhat less intuitive interface. ChronoSync is a favorite because it’s even better at synchronizing files between devices, comes with geeky-like granular controls, a scheduler that cannot be topped, and a bootable clone option.
If you’re a budget minded Mac user and want a good value for your money, then there’s a new kid in town to consider, a backup utility which combines bits and pieces of all three of the top Mac backup apps. It’s called Get Backup Pro; less expensive than the others, but loaded with useful features in a non-intimidating Mac-like user interface.
What you’ll find is a relatively straightforward tabbed user interface. There’s a tab for a straightforward Backup of files, a tab to Archive files, a tab to Synchronize files between folders, and the all-important bootable Clone tab. Each tab has slightly different controls.
For example, Backup lets you create a backup Project which can be run unattended using the built-in scheduler. These backups are incremental after the first backup so they’re faster. Backup is a very good way to backup certain valuable files– iTunes, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Photos, Documents or any other files you want backed up regularly.
Archives is the option to encrypt files as a backup archive using AES-128, AES-256, Triple DES or Blowfish encryption options. And, yes, the scheduler does the deed automatically, even to network volumes, CDs or DVDs, or an external disk, but archives can be restored even on a Mac without Get Backup Pro installed.
The bootable Clone option is my favorite, of course, because it creates a working, bootable startup disk of everything on your Mac. If your Mac is stolen or goes wonky and won’t boot up, the bootable clone merely needs to be connected to another Mac and you’re back in business in minutes.
The Synchronization option works a bit like an easier version of ChronoSync with as standard Source and Target option. Select the Source files to sync, select the destination Target to sync, and Get Backup Pro keeps the tow in sync; back and forth or in one direction. And, again, it works on a schedule using the built-in scheduler.
The built-in templates make it easy to backup valuable files (iTunes, Photos, Mail, Contacts, Documents, etc.) while the multiple encrypted archive types ensure higher security. Get Backup Pro is much like getting the very best of SuperDuper!, ChronoSync, and Carbon Copy Cloner, but in a single app that’s a bit easier to use and cost a little less.
There is a free try-before-you-buy trial version but it’s limited and about all it does is let you view the interface. The Pro version is packed with features and worth a try if you have not upgraded your Mac backup scheme to one of the aforementioned popular versions.