Recently a friend asked me to find a good backup app for his business that would allow him to synchronize folders from his Macbook Pro to a USB thumb drive. In keeping with recent articles on the necessity of backing up your Mac I searched for an app for him. My search experience led me to Get Backup from Belight Software.
My friend uses Apple’s Time Machine app for general backup duties. But, he wanted to manually backup a few folders from his Macbook Pro to an external Flash Drive. I am familiar with several different backup solutions for OS X. In my travels I ran across Get Backup from Belight Software. Belight has been doing Mac software for many years, they have a very good reputation. The regular version of Get Backup is free. They also have a “Pro” version (Get Backup Pro) for $19, but it is on sale right now for $9.95. Let me tell you it is easily worth $19. Before I get into how Get Backup solved my friends sync problem I want to show you some other parts of the application.
When you start Get Backup it presents you with this window (click on this image for a larger version):
As you can see there are three tabs, Backup, Clone and Synchronize. The Backup tab has canned backup solutions. These solutions contain stuff that people typically do not want to lose. If you wanted to just backup one of these areas this is a great idea. You can setup a backup manually by clicking the small plus symbol bottom left side of the window. Then just navigate to and select the folders on your HD that you wish to backup. In this instance I have Mail selected. Once you select one of the solutions (or create your own) then click on the Properties button at the bottom of the screen. You will be taken to this window:
Lets do it by the numbers. First, select where you want to backup the Mail files. In this case, an external HD. Second, click on the “Choose” button and choose the folder you want to backup into. Please note here, the program will create a folder for you, but I have found it easier to go the the destination media and manually create the folder first. Third, setup your backup method. I have chosen “Versioned”. That will make a different version of the backup each time your run it. Just keep in mind that the “Pro” version of Get Backup will allow “Incremental” backups by Hourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. I highly recommend the “Pro” version if you are wanting to synchronize folders. Fourth, you can schedule backups for certain times of the day. I do not have this setup, preferring to manually run my backup. When you are done with this setup click OK.
In this window just click the big button in the bottom of the window. Get Backup will ask you to name your project (yes each time you setup a different Backup, Clone or Sync it is considered a project).
Once your project is named it will proceed to backup your stuff to the backup destination.
My Mail stuff was about 1.25 GB and it took about 5 minutes. Get Backup is a fairly speedy application. Once the backup was finished I checked on the destination drive.
Get Backup creates a “TAR ZIP” file. In other words it archives the stuff. So far so good. But, how about restoring the backup, will the file(s) be corrupted in any way?
To restore files just open Get Backup and select the “Project” you prefer. Then click on “Restore” in the lower right corner of the window. You will be taken to this screen. Click on the dropdown at the top of the window to select which backup version you want to restore. You can restore to a separate folder or the same location as the original files. I chose to restore to the “original” location.
When you click “Restore All” it gives you a warning:
Once my Mail archive was restored I opened the Mail app and checked things out. All seemed to be well, nothing was missing.
One more thing on the “Restore” function. You can choose to restore a single file or folder. When you bring up the “Restore” window you just have to open the enclosing item (folder or drive) down below and select the file or folder like so:
After you select the appropriate file just click on “Restore Selected”. Make sure to determine whether you wish to restore the file(s) to a new folder or to the original location.
In my next article I will go over the Synchronize function and how my friend and I setup and synchronized his folders. It worked like a charm, but more on that later.
If you are looking for some easy to use backup software I highly recommend Get Backup from Belight Software. It is very well designed software and easy to use. For a feature comparison of the free and “Pro” versions of Get Backup just go to this page. In my opinion the “Pro” version is worth the $$ but you can decide what fits your workflow the best.