This scenario should motivate you to have a multi-pronged backup system. You turn your Mac on to start the day, and nothing happens. No chime. No Apple logo. No Finder. Nothing. Your Mac’s disk drive has died or the motherboard has fried. Photos, music, movies, Documents– gone. What will you do?
My own informal neighborhood, family, and co-worker survey tells me that barely half of the Mac users I know have a backup. Apple helps a bit with Time Machine, the free utility that backs up files to an extra disk drive. Backup apps, including the famed SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner, can make a bootable clone of your Mac, but you still need an extra hard disk drive.
What can you do if you’re a Mac user on a budget and do not have 500GB of photos, movies, music, and files? Backup To Go is almost free and works automatically to backup select files to an external disk drive, an SD card, a USB stick or thumb drive. For an external disk, just plug it in, and the backup begins automatically.
Backup To Go couldn’t be much easier to use. Create a new Backup Script (press the big Plus + sign), select destination, and the source files to backup, adjust settings to make it an automatic process, and you’re good to go.
Changing settings or initiating a backup is easy, too. Click the Backup To Go icon in the Menubar, change settings as needed, and backup again. Backup To Go is smart enough to initiate a backup when a storage device is plugged in, and eject the device when the backup is complete. The first backup may take awhile, but subsequent backups are incremental and much faster.
Backup To Go will delete older files on the destination backup if they’ve been deleted on the source (your Mac), but also saves them; just to be sure you want them deleted. There are more comprehensive backup solutions available to Mac users, and having an option to schedule a backup at a specific time would be handy, but Backup To Go starts free for basic backups, and all the features are unlocked for less than $5 and that makes it a bargain backup tool.