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Looking for good backup program
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:44 AM
I am relatively new to the Mac and know it's time for a good backup program. I have looked and seen backup programs such as Silverkeeper and Retrospect. I will be backing up to a hard drive that's attached to a airdisk and at times as well to a Lacie Firewire drive. I keep the Lacie in a safe for a 2nd backup in case of fire/theft or failure of my main backup.
Also I keep a 3rd backup on DVD offsite but this one isn't backed up often.
The way I like to do my backups on my server drive is on a weekly basis do a complete system backup and on a daily basis at night do a backup of any data (safari favorites, documents, quickbooks data, etc).
I have been a PC user for years and used Acronis most of the time and would either do a system backup or select certain directories to backup. I tried a trial of Silverkeeper when i first got my system. Maybe I did something wrong but it seemed hard to use and seemed to only have the full system backup option. What are some backup programs I should try? I know TimeMachine is coming out but I at least need a good solution until Oct.
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:54 AM
I've been using Déjà-Vu for some time now, never falied me and fits your request:
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:58 AM
I've had Deja-Vu and it works well but I prefer Sync for it's interface and reliability (I have had problems with Deja Vu and it's developer is stubborn).

Either program is good though.
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Apr 24, 2007, 03:31 PM
Check Page 39 of the February issue of MacWorld as they have a review of 5 backup programs. I use Synk which was not reviewed at the time. It's a good article. It may be online by this time.
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Apr 24, 2007, 04:15 PM
SuperDuper is a great application for cloning. It's great for having a bootable backup in case you do something to hose your primary system.

But it doesn't prevent things like deleting a file and realizing a week later that you didn't want to do that. For that, ChronoSync is great.

Personally, I use both -- SuperDuper to clone 3x/week, and ChronoSync to do a file-level backup (where deletions are not propagaged) to a NAS device 1x/week.
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