The first two are somewhat related. I use two external disk drives. One to clone my Mac and everything on it. That gives me a bootable backup. The second is Time Machine. Both combine to make sure I don’t lose files, and even if my Mac goes belly up, I’ve got a way to work with the bootable backup.
Last week I thought I’d lost some files and had to dip into Time Machine to find them. That took awhile because Time Machine, though friendly, doesn’t make it all that easy to find a misplaced file unless you know where and about when it was misplaced.
That brought me to BackupLoupe, an inexpensive Mac utility which does more of what Time Machine should do itself. In other words, BackupLoupe is another view of what Time Machine has backed up.
BackupLoupe is like a magnifying glass for files saved by Time Machine. It quickly and easily displays which files are being backed up, down to a specific file. It displays how many files or folders have been backed up and when.
If something was deleted accidentally, BackupLoupe can tell you when and find the latest saved backup. Nice, right? There’s much more going on in BackupLoupe, including a history of versions, Quick Look to view files, and statistics on backups.
Files can be opened without restoring them to your Mac, but files are easily restored by drag and drop. If you use BackupLoupe for half an hour you’ll wonder why Apple doesn’t include the same functionality in Time Machine. It’s that good.
Now, as to my third backup component, I want an online storage of critical files but haven’t settled on a solution yet.