For me, I’ve been using the time honored Mac clone system (SuperDuper! works) to an external disk drive, plus Time Machine backing up to another disk drive, plus ChronoSync to copy most files to other Macs, plus I’m now doing online backup of critical files using Arq.
For many Mac users that might seem like expensive and convoluted overkill. Fair enough. But even a free Mac backup app is better than no backup at all. Here’s one to try.
It’s called Get Backup and it comes in two flavors. Free, and Pro, but even the free version is a worthy tool for good backups. The Get Backup setup is straightforward and uses the standard Source and Destination to backup files.
Get Backup performs three different types of backups, though the Pro version is faster (incremental, bootable clones). It’s also good for backing up specific files to different folders, CDs, and DVDs (the Pro version will encrypt backup files).
And, importantly, the backup can be bootable, which means you can use the backup to startup on a different Mac (good for Macs which experience catastrophic failures).
Get Backup also differed from the likes of SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner, ChronoSync and others in that it makes it easier to find which files you want to backup– iPhoto, Mail, iTunes, Address Book, Documents. There’s even a built-in scheduler to perform the selected backup unattended.
The free version of Get Backup couldn’t be much easier to use, but the Pro version has features you may like, including options to encrypt, faster incremental backups, and two-way sync (and it’s priced less than the more popular backup apps).