How many ways can you backup your Mac? Many. More than many. Almost any backup scheme you use puts you ahead of the average Mac user. My unofficial co-worker, family member, and neighborhood survey indicates very few Mac users have a backup plan.
A few use Time Machine on an external disk. Most rely on iCloud for settings and photos. Only a handful have a clone backup or a way to get their Mac files out of the house and into the cloud. Here’s my list of a few favorite Mac apps for backups and file transfers, prominent names all.
SuperDuper! – this app is the granddaddy of Mac clone utilities. SuperDuper! clones your Mac to another hard disk which can be used on almost any Mac if yours suffers a catastrophic failure. Highly recommended because it is dependable, works well, and I’ve never paid for an upgrade.
Carbon Copy Cloner – this clone utility once was shareware but has gone commercial. For the fee and upgrade prices Carbon Copy Cloner gives you more features than SuperDuper, a slightly more complex user interface, a built-in scheduler, and the standard Source and Target (Destination) method which is easy to understand.
ChronoSync – this utility does clones but the claim to fame is syncing files from one location to another. ChronoSync is a rock solid dependable application with a built-in scheduler, copy and sync preview, email alerts, and many, many options; so many that the interface can be daunting. I’ve never had an upgrade fee, either.
Transmit – this is an old favorite and perhaps the most popular way to move files from or to your Mac from a remote server. Transmit has been around for ages and is solid and dependable, with plenty of useful options that ride on the ancient FTP and sFTP protocols, yet it connects to an syncs or moves files from Amazon S3, Backblaze, Box, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Azure, and others. Highly recommended.
YummyFTP Pro – if you can’t afford Transmit or don’t need all the extras that clutter the user interface, the somewhat simpler and capable Yummy FTP Pro is an easy recommendation. It uses the standard left, right, Source and Destination method to drag and drop files from or to your Mac from a remote server and it handles the basic protocols for good security; FTP/S, sFTP, and even WebDav. A much loved companion to Yummy FTP Pro is Yummy FTP Watcher which automatically monitors a folder of files and syncs them to a remote location whenever a file in the folder changes. That is way cool and just works.
As backup and file transfer apps, all are highly recommended, though each is a bit different in usage, features, and price tag. The bootable clones of SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner are legendary. The flexibility, stability, and feature set in ChronoSync is unmatched. As for sFTP and other remote connection options, Transmit is the best on the Mac and Yummy is a good alternative for the budget minded.
Yes, there are many others, and some are very good. Those are the ones I recommend to new Mac users because I use them and because I know there won’t be much required of me in the way friends and family support.