Today I’m happy to report a touch of nirvana with a free backup app call Backup To Go for the Mac. The idea behind this clever little utility is to automate the backup process for important files when we plugin a USB stick, thumb drive, SD card, or an external USB disk.
Time Machine is nice because it backs up all files all the time, but restoring files to a new Mac is cumbersome. SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner are good for bootable clones but work best with a schedule and a connected backup disk.
Backup To Go is good for the MacBook user who’s on the go. Or, not. Either way, Backup To Go automatically backs up files which have changed while the backup disk is plugged in. Then, the app automatically ejects the backup disk so you can grab your Mac and go.
The interface is almost non-existent. Set it up and let the backup tasks work in the background. That makes Backup To Go a good addition to your current backup routine (you have a current backup routine, right?).
Caveats? Yes, but they’re nits. Backup To Go does not clone your Mac’s disk so it’s not a bootable backup option. It’s designed to copy important files– Pictures, Movies, Documents, Music– to a backup storage option quickly, easily, so you can take your Mac and go. Hence, backup and go.