New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Apps and Games Discussion of applications and games available for Mac OS X.

Time Machine Alternative


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
imme

 
Member Since: Feb 04, 2008
Posts: 256
imme is on a distinguished road

imme is offline
Im looking for an alternative to Time Machine to back up my data.

What I want to do is to select a few folders on my computer and set a destination hard drive to have it back up to. then when it backs up I just want it to backup or replace the files that have previously been backed up on the hard drive.

There is a windows program to do this that is fantastic (cant remember the name offhand) but you select the files, how often you want it to backup and job done.

I'v also thought about the idea of just creating an image with a program like superdur but im not sure how practical this is and if it will work well. all im interested in is the files and folders, not restoring a whole image of my hard drive.

The things I dont like about time machine is that I can set how often i want it to backup, it does multiple backups of my system when I only really want one that keeps getting replaced. I also seem to have multiple backup folders for the same day. I also never use the time machine restore interface I would just brows the folders and restore my files like that.

Any suggestions?
QUOTE Thanks
mdfuller

 
mdfuller's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 01, 2007
Location: Sconie
Posts: 1,217
mdfuller is a jewel in the roughmdfuller is a jewel in the roughmdfuller is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 15-inch MacBook Pro

mdfuller is offline
Sounds like a scheduled job with ChronoSync might be what you are looking for. I use it to keep my music in sync for my Sonos on another machine. Works great.
QUOTE Thanks
macgig

 
macgig's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 15, 2006
Posts: 557
macgig will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 20" 2007 Aluminum iMac 2.0 Ghz | 4 gigs ram | 10.6.8

macgig is offline
I like superduper or carbon copy cloner.
QUOTE Thanks
Jezzza

 
Member Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posts: 1
Jezzza is on a distinguished road

Jezzza is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdfuller View Post
Sounds like a scheduled job with ChronoSync might be what you are looking for. I use it to keep my music in sync for my Sonos on another machine. Works great.
Thanks v much for this recommendation - I downloaded ChronoSync trial version, I trialled it and it worked just fine. I then purchased it.

My set-up is: Mac Pro running Windows XP on Parallels with an external 1TB hard drive attached. My Windows files reside on a networked Microsoft Exchange Server.

My concern was: if Microsoft Exchange Server went down, even though it has a back-up, what if that back-up failed? This would mean I would lose my 14,000 or so Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

My solution: I installed ChronoSync on my Mac Pro and I set it up to synchronise between "MyDocuments" on Microsoft Exchange Server and a new folder ("ChronoSync MyDocuments") on my external 1TB hard drive.

Result: I'm now secure in the knowledge:
- I have multiple up-to-date back-ups;
- If I am away and wish to access MyDocuments remotely but Microsoft Exchange Server goes down, I can still access these files (on the external 1TB hard drive) using Mac Screen Sharing
- If I access a file (on the external 1TB hard drive), change it and save it ChronoSync will modify the file back on Microsoft Exchange Server

ALL GOOD
QUOTE Thanks
cwa107

 
cwa107's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
Posts: 26,632
cwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD

cwa107 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jezzza View Post
Thanks v much for this recommendation - I downloaded ChronoSync trial version, I trialled it and it worked just fine. I then purchased it.

My set-up is: Mac Pro running Windows XP on Parallels with an external 1TB hard drive attached. My Windows files reside on a networked Microsoft Exchange Server.

My concern was: if Microsoft Exchange Server went down, even though it has a back-up, what if that back-up failed? This would mean I would lose my 14,000 or so Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

My solution: I installed ChronoSync on my Mac Pro and I set it up to synchronise between "MyDocuments" on Microsoft Exchange Server and a new folder ("ChronoSync MyDocuments") on my external 1TB hard drive.

Everything is perfect and I'm secure in the knowledge I have multiple up-to-date back-ups.
Microsoft Exchange is a mail server. You can of course store data on Exchange, but it's actually stored in Exchange, not locally. Typically most corporations use Exchange as a back-end for Outlook, although there are other clients that can connect to it.

My guess is you're using an ordinary Windows Server and have your 'My Documents' folder redirected to it. And in that case, if you'd like to keep your files offline, it's just a matter of enabling folder synchronization in Windows. You can do this by opening 'My Documents', clicking the Tools menu and clicking the Synchronize option. This will allow 'My Documents' items to be available offline, while still keeping them safely stored on the server.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Exchange account issues in Mac Mail (Snow Leopard) | Finder problem »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
What's with Time Machine? Noels OS X - Apps and Games 15 01-23-2009 02:52 AM
Issues with Time Capsule - network and Time Machine jlautner Internet, Networking, and Wireless 6 05-06-2008 07:58 PM
Time Machine backup restore on/to a different machine? scarredtaka OS X - Operating System 3 01-10-2008 04:35 AM
Is a Time Machine backup sufficient? mossback OS X - Operating System 5 01-04-2008 01:39 PM
Time Machine questions supercowthe3rd Switcher Hangout 2 11-04-2007 08:05 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?