There is something very satisfying about backing up your Mac. Regardless of which method you use to backup files, it feels good when you’re done. Here’s another inexpensive Mac app that backs up files and folders Mac to Mac.
DropSync uses the popular rsync synchronization tool to backup files faster than a simple drag and drop copy routine.
What is especially gratifying visually is the left and right panes in DropSync. The files on your Mac are on the left. The place where you’re backing up (copying files) is on the right.
The whole backup process is simplified. You see and grab those files you want to backup, and click to move them to the other Mac on your network or another hard disk drive connected to your Mac.
If that part seems simplistic, it is. But it’s the first and last of simple. After that, DropSync can get geeky complex rather quickly with a host of options (most of which you won’t need, but if you love dinking and geeking around on your Mac, this is the app you’ll love).
Especially beneficial is the preview mode. You get to see exactly what’s being backed up without actually doing the backup. The entire DropSync workflow can be automated with Apple’s built-in AppleScript, and there’s a log of everything DropSync does to your files.
Using Rsync has certain benefits, the first of which is backup speed. The first backup takes the most time because all files get backed up. After that, incremental backups only require files that have changed on the target to be backed up. That’s a big time saver.
DropSync is inexpensive and simple to get started for basic backups, but gives you more complex functions as you become familiar with the app.
What it needs is a scheduler (available in the free Carbon Copy Cloner) so backups occur automatically at a set time.