So yeah, happy new year! While I’m stuck at work for the rest of the night there’s no better time to talk about securing your Mac with a backup than now, whilst remembering the “dawn of Y2K” was just yester-year, when loosing everything was all the rage.
I recently happened upon a great deal on a 1TB Apple Time Capsule thanks to Best Buy’s oversight on a $100 less than retail price tag for such a piece of hardware. Luckily I did my homework and knew that on a normal day (even on a holiday sale day) Best Buy would over charge shoppers for this particular Apple product. But I, with my keen eye, snagged it quickly into my cart at a low low price of $239, a price you can’t even find on ebay-used! Oh yeah, and the gift card I got from my wife made the deal all the more sweet.
So naturally, buying an external harddrive got me thinking of backing up my system (rightly so, to get it ready for Snow Leopard- this weekend?). I haven’t used Time Machine before but I knew I didn’t really want to backup my entire system. I’d like to use my HDD for more than just backups and Time Machine would just fill it up. So I did a bunch of new research into a selective backup utility, one where I could choose what folders I wanted to backup and when. But finding one wasn’t easy, let alone one that can communicate with a mounted network drive, such as a Time Capsule. Thankfully, it only took me a few tries to find Prosoft’s Data backup 3.
Data Backup 3 ($50) is really straight forward and does what you need it to do. DB3 gives you choices for the type of backup you want. I chose Versioned because it will not only update only the modified files per backup, it will also keep a number of versions of each file I change or delete. Click the plus sign to add the sources you want backed up. Choose the destination of the backup (for me I chose my Time Capsule under Shared in the Finder). Then schedule it. I chose Interval, every 10 days at 2am and in Preferences made sure to allow the program to wake the computer up to run the backup, which is probably my favorite part. Obviously, I can run intensive and possibly lengthy backups at night when the Mac’s not being used.
So far, this is the best backup solution I have found, one where I can control what is backed up, when and how. If you’re looking for a great backup utility, stop looking and try out Data Backup by Prosoft.