Everyone needs a quality backup software that they can rely on, and although Apple’s Time Machine is fine for most home users — I’ve been on the hunt for something better for quite some time… and I think I’ve found it.
Most Mac users have probably used Time Machine without problem. For those of you that found Apple’s backup solution lacking in features, I’m sure you’ve already been on the lookout for a replacement. You may have even tried several backup solution like I have — SuperDuper!, Carbon Copy Cloner, Smart Backup or even a cloud solution like Dropbox. All of these apps have their strong point, and some are undisputed leaders in those areas, but when your looking for a solid backup solution — ChronoSync might be just the backup solution you’ve been looking for.
ChronoSync has a laundry list of powerful features with an extensive manual to assist you in getting the most out of the app, but what captured my attention was the way it handles synchronization.
If you are like me, having a complete copy or clone of your boot drive is nice but not exactly what you need most of the time. Sure, I have a copy of my boot drive just in case the world comes crashing down on my head, and for that I use Carbon Copy Cloner. The app is brilliant and easy to use when all you need is a exact copy. CCC will most likely remain my boot cloner of choice, but on a daily basis what I really need is for all my client files to be automatically synced across multiple external drives.
I know what your thinking, “why not just use dropbox and have those files automatically sync to a cloud for ultimate safety?” Several reasons actually. Dropbox, like most cloud services, charges based on the amount of storage space used. My working files and photo archives are huge. The amount of necessary storage space would bankrupt me. And secondly, even if I could afford the storage fees, the uploads times would cripple my online performance—I’d never backup!
Don’t get me wrong, I use Dropbox. I just choose to use it for what it does best, and that is not backup of large repositories of data. I use dropbox to backup small files, documents and files I want to share with other users. In that task, nothing beats it!
But when I need a reliable, up-to-date, synchronization of specific volumes and folders for a quality and easy to access backup — I’ll be using ChronoSync from not on. The app is easy to use, very intuitive, well organized and packed full of valuble features that allow me to do exactly the kind of backup proceedures I’ve been missing from every other app on the shelf. If you haven’t tried ChronoSync yet, you can download a free trial and test it out for yourself.
Keep using the smaler apps for the small jobs, but when you need a serious backup solution for your Mac — I recommend you look into using ChronoSync. It’s not the cheapest solution, but it does the job.