A lot of us use our USB thumb-drives (flash drives, data sticks, whatever you call them) as little repositories for our daily document work. We keep Word docs, text files, photos, and other daily data ephemera on the small four to eight gigabyte drives, making it easy to shuttle stuff between computers at work, home, and on the go.
But what happens when that little drive stops working, or gets lost? That’s where Flash Drive Backup, a five dollar investment, can come in handy.
Head on over to the Mac App Store to download Flash Drive Backup, and let it install on your Mac. Slap your USB drive into your Mac, and then click on the Flash Drive Backup icon in your menu bar. Choose Preferences to see all the mounted USB drives; click on the one you want to set up to backup to your Mac. Click Setup now, and then turn on the Automatic backup option. You can also just choose the Backup now button under the drive’s name for a quick, non-repeating backup.
Specify the folder you want to backup your drive to in the Target field, and, if you only want to backup a particular folder on the USB drive, you can specify that in the Source field.
Now, every time you pop that particular USB drive in to your Mac, it’ll get backed up, making sure your data is saved on your Mac. Make sure you don’t rename the drive, or Flash Drive Backup won’t recognize the USB drive the next time you put it into the slot.