They say you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover. There’s wisdom in that, of course. But most of us, when we’re browsing for anything, take a look at the first thing we see and begin the process of judging.
So it is with Mac apps. I start with the name and the icon. If the name is self descriptive and the icon looks professional, I’ll move to the next step, which is to read about an app, what it does, what it costs, how it can be useful. If all goes well to that point, I may download and install the app with the nice name and colorful icon. T
hat’s what I did with iBackup, a Mac backup and restore app that dares to think different.
Raincoat On A Disk Drive?
See above. That’s what iBackup is. A raincoat covering a disk drive. You don’t see that image every day. Add it to the self explanatory iBackup name, and my interest was piqued.
iBack is a somewhat unusual Mac backup app. It backs up specific information from your Mac, rather than the whole Mac.
And, it restores what it backs up just as easily. The key to using iBack up is the built-in presets; a couple of hundred backup plugins so you can restore the settings and files from an app going back to an earlier time (when everything was running well).
For example, iBackup has settings to back up your System Preferences, Mail (and all messages and attachments), iPhoto and iTunes libraries and settings, Address Book, and so on.
The reason those presets are so valuable is that most users don’t know where those files reside on their Macs. iBackup does, and backs up all the files you need.
You select when you want the backup to occur using the built-in scheduler. You select which items should be backed up. You decide where the files will be backed up.
How does iBackup vary from, say, Time Machine, or Carbon Copy Cloner? Time Machine backs up files that have been changed, so if you lose a file, you also have to find it on Time Machine. iBackup already knows where the backup file is. Carbon Copy Cloner is a more comprehensive backup, in that it clones an entire Mac disk drive. If you only need to restore Mail or iTunes music, you still need to know where it’s been backed up.
In most cases, iBackup becomes another backup tool, rather than the only backup solution. But it’s difficult to beat the price tag or ease of use.