Yes, backing up your Mac is important. The real question is, What’s the best way to backup a Mac? Actually, the answer is easy. Get another hard disk drive, attach it to your Mac, and use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to clone everything on your Mac. Now you have a backup.
What happens if your house catches on fire or a flood sweeps everything away, or your spouse walks off with your files during that messy divorce? So much for the basic backup plan, right? What you need is an Arq to save the day.
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The only thing left to do is to save your Mac’s files somewhere else besides your house or office.
Online? Why not? There are a dozen online backup services and their prices are nominal. The only real problem is the gestation period of starting the backup to having a completed backup.
There is a better way and it starts with the Mac app Arq. This little app backs up whatever you want backed up from your Mac to Amazon’s remarkably inexpensive Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). You pay only for the data and bandwidth you use (and it gets cheaper every year).
Arq does the backups of your Mac’s files in the background while you keep busy doing everything else.
Drag and drop Arq into your Mac’s Applications folder. Open Arq and add your Amazon account details. Add files and folders to Arq and it begins the backup immediately.
Restoring files is just as easy. Open Arq and drag and drop what you want back again.
Backups are encrypted. Files are not mushed in a proprietary file format. But why Amazon S3 and not one of the other online backup services? S3 is amazingly robust, and features 99.999999-percent uptime. Plus, your files are stored in multiple locations just in case there’s a disaster in one place.
I love this app. It gives me more control than BackBlaze or Carbonite or CrashPlan or Mozy or whatever. Plus, Mac user files have all their metadata maintained by the Arq backup.
It still takes next to forever to get all your Mac folders backed up online, but the wait is worth it, because it’s done in the background.