Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

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bobgriner
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Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby bobgriner » July 11th, 2012, 4:08 pm

I'm trying to find a free and simple application that will allow me to "copy" from my Mac to an external drive.

I use Time Machine to do official "backup" solutions, but I'm looking for functionality to allow me to copy my working folders to an external drive. I have a Seagate GoFlex Pro that I have a good bit of data on from previous jobs, work, etc. I'd like to be able to "copy" (incrementally if possible) my current working drive on my Mac to that drive as sort of a "working backup". I don't want to have to boot up a "backup" application that has proprietary filing to find my data...just look at it as I would in Finder.

Anyone know of such a solution? I know that Western Digital used to have a "sync" application they gave away with some of their portable drives (which "copied" rather than backing up) the data.

Thanks,
Bob
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Re: Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby Turboladdade » July 11th, 2012, 5:57 pm

Forget about third-party software, you can just make it yourself with Automator. See here: http://www.practicallyefficient.com/201 ... automator/
I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do.
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Re: Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby Noggin the Nomad » July 12th, 2012, 10:41 am

I use Carbon Copy Cloner. It runs once a day, and basically clones your HD. Handy. http://www.bombich.com/
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Re: Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby Noggin the Nomad » July 12th, 2012, 10:44 am

But if you just want to copy stuff from your main Mac, why not just drag and drop?
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Re: Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby Noggin the Nomad » July 18th, 2012, 10:37 am

Chronosync is quite good. I use it to sync my work files between my iMac and MacBook Pro. https://www.econtechnologies.com . Officially it's not free, but, well you know.
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Re: Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby bobgriner » July 18th, 2012, 2:41 pm

GREAT tip and tutorial. I'm working OS 10.7.4 so there might be some differences. I wasn't able to replicate your tutorial exactly due to the differences (I think) in Automator. However, I'll get there eventually. This is a great help providing a "one-click" copy option with existing elements of the OS. I'm a Windows convert since 2009, and am just now getting up to speed on the power of this great OS.

Turboladdade wrote:Forget about third-party software, you can just make it yourself with Automator. See here: http://www.practicallyefficient.com/201 ... automator/
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Re: Free Backup / Copy Software for Mac

Postby Maineguy » August 1st, 2012, 11:00 pm

"Bonkey" and "JaBack" are two free backup software for Mac ...

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