My Mac backup system is rather simple. Lots of hard disk drives connected to every Mac. There’s Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner cloned Mac hard drives, and regularly scheduled backups from one Mac to another.
Managing all those connected Macs works well until something goes wrong. It may be a FireWire or USB disk which decides not to wake up. What should be built-in to the Mac to help external volume management is a little app called Mountain.
What it does is wonderful if you have many extra disks connected to your Mac. Mountain resides in your Mac’s Menubar. Click it, and Mountain lists all the volumes connected to your Mac. Disk drives. DVDs. CDs. It even lists unmounted volumes.
Take a look.
You can mount, unmount, or eject a disk from your Mac with two clicks. Or, eject everything at once.
Mountain even spins down unmounted volumes so they can be unplugged. But, the external devices can be reactivated without unplugging.
Notifications are all the rage today and Mountain helps out by notifying you when an external volume decides to disappear from view.
If you have plenty of storage devices connected to the chain on your Mac, Mountain becomes a handy addition to the Menubar.