If you don’t have a backup plan for your Mac you can bet that one day you will wish you had a backup plan. Why? Murphy’s Law. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Just imagine this basic scenario. You turn on your Mac and it does not turn on. It’s dead. Nothing works.
All your files are gone. Files in Documents and on the Desktop. All Photos, Movies, and Music have disappeared. A good backup system makes it easy to reinstall everything and get back to normal while the Mac is being repaired.
Is there anything better?
I use a multi-tiered backup approach which stores critical files on iCloud, other critical files on Amazon S3. That gets important files out of the house, but they are also stored on multiple Macs, and each one clones itself to a couple of external disk drives, so, to put it bluntly, files are everywhere.
Is there anything better than a multi-tiered backup approach?
Not really, but I’ve been looking around because Apple’s iCloud could be more competitive, and I don’t like doing anything with Amazon (yes, I’m a Prime member; I just don’t like it). Another way that caught my eye comes from BackBlaze. Think of this backup system as iCloud without all the glitter.
BackBlaze is just hard-nosed cloud backup. You decide which files go into the BB cloud, then set it and mostly forget it. The Mac app works in the background to copy files to the cloud; the first copy takes longer, but subsequent backups only copy files which have changed since the previous backup.
From my examination of BackBlaze and a trial, there are three basic plans. Personal Backup, Business Backup, and B2 Cloud Storage. The Personal Backup plan is $6 per month for unlimited backup per computer, but has discounts for annual or multi-year agreements. I pay $10 a month to Apple for my iCloud storage account with is 2TB (all I need and more), the difference being that I can share iCloud with multiple devices.
I like iCloud backup for iPhone and iPad. Apple’s system makes restoring a breeze, even if it takes awhile. iCloud for Mac is more problematic. While a catastrophic Mac failure can be rectified using iCloud, there is also the need to download apps– manually– from the Mac App Store, and manually for non-App Store apps.
That’s where Mac clones come in handy as they can get you back up and running on a different Mac in minutes.
I like the BackBlaze plan, though. The trial installation is simple to setup, and while it may take all day to upload files to the BB cloud, subsequent backups are in the cloud and unattended. I don’t use BB for applications. Sorry. That’s a manual process on every backup system except clones.