If there is one, single thing that has bailed me out in my 30+ years of using computers (starting with an Apple IIe, thank you very much), it’s that you must have backups. Thirty years ago, even 20 years ago when I was in college, the idea of so much of our lives (documents, pictures, music) only existing in the digital space was science fiction. Today, today it’s a fact of life. I don’t know about you, but I’d say I have hard copies of less than 1% of the thousands of photos I’ve taken in the past 14 years.
So the question is—are you backed up?
Now, don’t get me wrong, TimeMachine is a solid app (and better now under Mountain Lion), but it’s not perfect. Things like easy exclusions, backing up other volumes, making bootable backups—TimeMachine just doesn’t do. Good thing our deal today—Data Backup 3—does.
For a backup system to work it needs a few, basic core features:
You need to just be able to fire up the app, say “back my Mac up to this drive and do it every day and don’t make me have to remember to do it.” If you can’t do that, then it isn’t a “backup solution” it’s another item on your to do list. An item on your list, btw, that I know most people will say “I don’t have time right now, I’ll do it tomorrow…”. “Tomorrow” might not come and you’ll lose something, I pretty much can guarantee it.
So, let me save you the grief. Step up from TimeMachine (or use it in conjunction with TimeMachine for essential files) and pick up Data Backup 3 for $25. Cost of a pizza dinner that will certainly save your tush. Otherwise, when your Mac dies and you lose all your files, all the pizza in the world won’t be able to bring your files back.