There is an expensive involved in a good backup plan, though, as you’re likely to need a couple of external storage devices to do it right. My backup method of choice is rather simple. I use SuperDuper! to clone my Mac’s disk to an external USB storage disk. And I use Apple’s built-in Time Machine to backup to yet another externals USB storage disk.
That method has worked well for a few years, but does not account for the catastrophic failure– tornado, theft, earthquake, fire– that sort of thing.
Other Mac users prefer simple and less expensive. That’s what the Get Backup app does. Simple. Free. Well, almost free. The free version of Get Backup does a full and versioned backup, but not an incremental backup (the Pro version does) which speeds up the backup process considerably, and adds a few very useful features.
Get Backup Pro costs less than SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner (another favorite), does incremental backups, two-way sync, excludes specific files and folders, encrypts the backup, restores easily, and has a scheduler for unattended backups.
You’ll appreciate the simple interface in Get Backup. Click a tab for basic functions– backup, clone, sync. Or, click icons for easy backups of important apps– iPhoto, Mail, iTunes, Documents, Contacts.
There just isn’t much to not like here. If you can afford the extra USB storage units then either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! are good choices. If you’re on a budget, Get Backup Pro (or, the free version) is an acceptable choice.
Regardless of which backup utility you use, it’s crazy important to have a recent backup. If you don’t, then imagine this scenario. You turn on your Mac and it doesn’t. The disk drive has crashed and is as dead as your photos, music, movies, and files.
See? A backup is a worthy added expense.