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SmartBackup is an alternative lightweight backup application for OS X. Backup multiple source items to a destination folder on an external harddrive, flashdrive or network share, or create a bootable clone of your system. SmartBackup only copies what has changed after the initial run and is very fast in updating your backup or system clone. Archive deleted or changed files in an archive folder during the backup and easily browse available versions of a file and restore them with one click. Use Spotlight Saved Searches to define what you want to backup or what you want to exclude. Automate your backup using iCal, Automator or launch it in commandline mode and include it in launchd items or scripts.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Basically, this product is just copying files. There's no compression. Other than determining what's been updated, I could do the same thing with click and drag.
I began my first backup on Saturday, backing up 20,000 files to a network drive (wireless). After a couple hours, I noticed that it was at 24%. I checked it in another couple hours, and it was still at 24% so I forced it to quit.
On Sunday, I shut down my macbook and rebooted. I blew away the backup files from the previous attempt and immediately opened Smartbackup to try again. This time, I started it at 2:20pm on Sunday. At 3:20pm it had hit the magic 24% mark. At 9:57pm it had made it all the way to 28%. At 7:10am on Monday it was 99% complete. When it finally completed, it reported a number of files that it couldn't copy. No reason given.
December 07, 2005
Version: syncupX 1.4.6
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I searched all over the perfect backup solution... and yes, I know there are "free" methods out there (rsync, ditto, etc) -- but they all have quirks, glitches, etc. SyncupX works without drama, without hassle. Tiger integration is awesome... Automator/iCal etc.
The new "headless" mode gives me all the flexibility I need.
And the author replies to support emails with uncommon immediacy and thoroughness.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Very easy to setup and use within 5 minutes of installation. The integration with Tiger's smart folders and Automator allows for the creation of incredibly specific but yet dynamic backup routines.
Through very friendly and prompt support from the developer, this version is now working great on an Intel DevKit Mac! For the great support and ease of use, it is well worth the minimal fee.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. The author has corrected his registration problems. SyncupX is by far one of the best backup packages available for use with OSX. It is easy to use, stable and fast! Kudos to the author for excellent and responsive support for his prodict! Truly appreciated! As I have said before: it's well worth the modest shareware fee that the author is requesting!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Works as advertised. The author has done a good job putting this application together! Easy to use; and now with archiving capabilities. I have used beta versions of syncup and find each release keeps getting better! Well worth the modest registration fee!