This is the cool backup tool to use instead of the Mac’s Time Machine

“Put me on record as a Mac user who does not like Time Machine. It’s part of my backup plan, yes, but it’s an add-on, not the main backup,” Dave Farrington writes for NoodleMac. “Apple’s Time Machine app does two things to help Mac users backup files in case of drive failure or a stolen Mac. But Time Machine only does one thing well, and even that can be improved to help Mac users overcome a catastrophic failure.”

“Time Machine backups up files from your Mac to an external disk drive. That’s good, and better than no backup at all. Time Machine also makes copies of files that get changed so you can back up in time, so to speak, and retrieve a file that’s been lost or deleted,” Farrington writes. “Of course, Time Machine can be used to restore a Mac’s disk drive, but don’t use it for that unless you’re a glutton for punishment and have the time to wait. SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner are better solutions to get your Mac up and running quickly.”

“What Time Machine is missing is what you find in a highly recommended offsite and online Mac backup utility known as Arq,” Farrington writes. “Think of Arq as Time Machine without the external disk, which, like your Mac, is subject to disaster, theft, or failure. Instead, Arq backs up your Mac’s files to remote servers online, such as Amazon’s popular and affordable S3 service.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As always: Backup, backup, backup, and then backup again!

How to set up a redundant backup system for your Mac – March 29, 2016
How to centralize your Time Machine backups – September 18, 2015
How to configure a cheap, secure RAID backup system for your Mac – July 22, 2015


        1. You would think an online storage system would hire the top security specialists on day one to plan their system.

          But, as noted on Fox, “Four years after a data breach at cloud storage service Dropbox, details of more than 68 million user accounts have reportedly been leaked.”

      1. ANY offsite backup should be part of someone’s backup plan. Whether you physically carry your backups somewhere else, or you backup to the “cloud”.

        The “cloud” is much, much more convenient and therefor, more expensive, as you say. Any document I create or update is automatically sent to iCloud and is available on all my devices.

          1. Totally agree. On the older pre-2013 Mac Pros, it was the easiest thing in the world to use Time Machine on a dedicated internal drive and then run CCC to a remote drive weekly. CCC is worth every penny.

            Time Machine has been a bit flaky in the past — it does pay off to flatten the TM drive and run a clean TM backup once in a while.

  1. Apple will have their own cloudbased time capsule… seens that is where they are trying to push things…
    but i want local backups like i have right now .. Airport+Time Capsule …. updated with new goodies .

  2. I use Time Machine and SuperDuper! for local backups, and CrashPlan for offsite. I feel pretty safe. Nothing is foolproof, but this is the best I’ve found.

    Arg looks interesting as an alternative to CrashPlan, but at $5 per month, I’m not really sure I can beat that in terms of cost and ease of use.

    I’m very interested in what other MDN readers use and how they like it.

    1. I use Time Machine for local, and Arq+Google Nearline for cloud. Arq is phenomenal. Easy to use, encrypts client-side before uploading, and hooks into many cloud-based storage sites with simple directions. Set it and forget it.

      It’s an upfront charge for the software, but Stefan (owner) is great with updates.

      (In terms of Google Nearline, some folk think that’s overkill for Joe Consumer, and is more geared towards business. But I challenge that, as I use it solely for “cold storage” with no intention of retrieving unless catastrophic disaster strikes. Plus it’s fast upload and only $0.01 / GB. The only time I ever think about this cloud-based strategy is when I see my monthly bill of ~$1.75)


      1. Sounds very interesting. I’ll have to look into that as an alternative. I’m not wedded to CrashPlan, but I am wedded to an offsite solution. When my hard drive with about 40,000 photos went down last year, my Time Machine Disk failed the same day. When I tried to restore from SuperDuper, that disk failed as well. Unbelievable and probably will never happen again, but I’m doing everything I can to try an prevent another major loss of almost irreplacable data.

        1. If I lost 40K in photos, I’d lose my sh*t.

          Like you, I am also wedded to an offsite solution. Not sure why folk on this site have such disdain for them. I found one I am comfortable with and trust, and pay just less than $20/year. And there are plenty of competing options out there where you can try before you buy. No brainer, IMHO.


  3. Backup? What’s a backup? People still do that for their clients? Sheesh. A backup is out of date the second it finishes. Cloud-based sync is not the future, it’s the present. People need to get over avoiding the cloud and get with the 21st century.

  4. You can set the drive to be encrypted with Time Machine, and God forbid your network connection goes down when an important recovery needs to be made. iCloud is secondary for a local onsite primary.

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