Time Machine alternatives

By | August 20, 2011

Time Machine is by far the easiest method to back up your Mac. All you need is an external USB drive that is Mac only. Your Mac will know if you have plugged in the right USB drive because it will ask you if you’d like to use it as a backup drive. This won’t erase what’s already on the drive but simply enable it to work with Time Machine so your Mac can happily be backed up. All you have to do is leave it in and it’ll back up your Mac every hour. If your drive becomes full, Time Machine will simply throw away the oldest files keeping the most recent intact. The bigger the drive the longer the history.

Other alternatives include using different Mac software or looking for online solutions to backup your important files. Both these methods are secure and give you more options in terms of what you want to back up and where you want to back them up to. Online solutions can get quite expensive and are slow depending on your upload speeds but do offer the best solution if someone decides to steal your computer and the backup drive sat next to it or the whole place goes up in flames.

Online
It’s worth having a look at these online plans, some are free, some are more expensive that others but they all offer a secure solution. Some of the companies worth searching for is Carbonite, Cloudme, Crashplan, Dropbox, SugarSync. Most of these services will sync periodically to minimise Internet traffic and upload speeds.

Other Software
CCC or otherwise known as Carbon Copy Cloner can actually  clone your hard drive onto another drive. This is particularly useful if you need to be up and running working again after that terrible hard disk failure at work. In setting this all up, you can choose what you want to back up, where to and if you have used this software before or have already cloned your hard drive elsewhere you can restore straight from. Another app to look out for is Superduper, it works in a similar way.

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