Best Backup Software For Mac Free

Posted By admin On 16.02.22
  1. Mac Backup Software Free

Regularly backing up data should be at the top of every Mac user's to-do list (Windows users, too). Don't delay; tomorrow may be too late.

A quick word about the free apps: some of the selected apps are indeed free, such as Apple’s Time Machine, which is included with every copy of OS X. Other apps are a free/paid composite. They will operate without issues as a backup app, but the paid versions have additional features and niceties that are usually well worth the price.

Time Machine backup is a software application, which is part of Mac’s OS X. This app creates incremental backups in what is possibly the simplest solution to create a backup hard drive Mac in a periodical manner.

If you don’t currently use a backup app, it is highly recommended giving one of these Mac backup apps a try. You're going to feel a lot better knowing that, should something happen to your Mac’s storage system, you can quickly retrieve any lost data and get right back to work.

Time Machine

What We Like

  • Integrates seamlessly with Apple Time Capsule.

  • Lets you 'go back in time' to see what a file looked like in the recent past.

What We Don't Like

  • Less secure than cloud storage.

  • Doesn't archive data; old backup data is eventually replaced by new data.

Time Machine, which is included with OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and later, is the backup app of choice for many Mac users. And why not; it's easy to set up and easy to use. It's also easy to forget about. Once you set it up, you can go about your daily business without giving backups a second thought; Time Machine will automatically take care of everything for you. Time Machine also works with OS X's migration assistant, making it an effective choice for moving data to a new Mac as well as performing backups.

While it offers a number of attractive features, Time Machine isn't perfect. We recommend using Time Machine as the core of your backup strategy and relying on other backup apps for additional capabilities, such as cloning or remote/cloud backup.

SuperDuper

What We Like

  • One-step restore process makes it easy to retrieve backed up files.

  • Simplistic UI leaves little room for user mistakes.

What We Don't Like

  • Cannot choose specific folders or files to back up.

  • Slower than other solutions, backs up everything each time it runs.

SuperDuper is a backup application that supports the traditional full and incremental backup approaches many of us are used to, but it's also capable of creating bootable clones of a startup drive. This is one feature that Time Machine lacks and which SuperDuper performs quite well.

SuperDuper's core features (creating clones and backups) are free. The paid version of SuperDuper includes additional features, such as the ability to set up schedules to automate your backups or clone creations; Smart Updates, which are incremental versions of a clone and greatly reduce the time it takes to update an existing clone; and user scripts, so you can create your own backup routines and schedules.

Carbon Copy Cloner

What We Like

  • Lightning-fast backup speed.

  • More advanced features than other solutions.

What We Don't Like

  • Restore speed is significantly slower than backup speed.

  • Interface may be confusing for novice users.

Carbon Copy Cloner is the granddaddy of Mac cloning software. It has long been a favorite of the Mac community and is a must-have app earning a place in my list of applications we always install on our Macs.

Carbon Copy Cloner is widely used for creating bootable clones, but it can also create full and incremental backups, schedule tasks, and back up to any networked share that your Mac can mount on its desktop.

Get Backup

What We Like

  • Automatic encryption keeps your backup data safe from hackers.

  • Less expensive than Carbon Copy Cloner.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't provide a data log of backup activity.

  • No cloud support.

Mac Backup Software Free

Get Backup from BeLight Software is available in free and paid (pro) versions. The pro version has some nice feature enhancements that are worth the small additional charge, but the free version has all of the basic features that many Mac users will ever need. This includes the ability to create full and versioned backups, exclude files and folders, synchronize files and folders, and create bootable clones of a startup drive.

One thing to note: The Get Backup app is available from both the Mac App Store and from BeLight Software's website. The Mac App Store version of Get Backup doesn't include the cloning capabilities because Apple doesn't allow apps that require administrative privileges to be sold through the Mac App Store.

Mac Backup Guru

What We Like

  • Packs an impressive number of features into a single window.

  • Incremental backups save time and space.

What We Don't Like

  • The user manual is just an infographic rather than detailed text.

  • Graphic notifications during backup are annoying and consume CPU resources.

Mac Backup Guru is another backup app that specializes in cloning, that is, creating an exact copy of a selected drive. So exact that if the target drive is the one you use as your startup drive, the resulting clone will also be bootable.

Of course, in today's backup market, cloning a drive is nothing new, and most backup utilities can perform this service. Mac Backup Guru has a few additional tricks it can perform. Besides cloning a drive, Mac Backup Guru can sync any selected folders, and create incremental clones, which cuts down on the time it takes to keep a backup clone current.

It also has a full scheduling system so you can automate your backups.

Code42

What We Like

  • Reliable documentation, customer service, and technical support.

  • So lightweight you'll likely never notice it running.

What We Don't Like

  • Frequent updates and requests for user feedback are slightly annoying.

  • Slower than other alternatives.

Formally known as CrashPlan, Code42 is primarily an off-site backup application that uses the cloud for storage, however, there's a free version of Code42 that lets you create your own local cloud, so to speak.

You can designate any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer on your network as the destination. Code42 will use this computer as the backup device for all of your other computers. You can even backup to remote computers that aren't your local network, say the computer of a good friend who lives next door. In this way, you can easily create off-site backups without trusting your data to the cloud.

The free version of Code42 supports full and incremental backups, file encryption (a good idea if you're backing up to a computer that you don't control), running automatic backups on a daily schedule, and the ability to back up any external drives attached to your Mac.

IDrive

What We Like

  • Restore Wizard feature lets you restore files indefinitely.

  • Excellent bargain for what you get.

What We Don't Like

  • Only yearly premium plans are available.

  • Free version includes annoying pop-up ads.

IDrive is another online-based backup service that can be used with your Mac. Besides your Mac, IDrive can backup your PC as well as your mobile devices.

IDrive offers a free basic level, allowing you to backup up to 5 GB of data from any device. If you need more backup space you can choose the Personal 2 TB plan which, as of June 2019, is $69.50 a year.

IDrive goes beyond basic backup service: It also allows you to synchronize files between devices, and files can be marked for sharing.

Data loss is a constant threat to our technology-heavy lives. Hard drives are unreliable, mobile devices get lost, children destroy laptops: it’s a rough world out there for your data. You need to protect your files with a reliable backup system that reproduces your data both locally and remotely. You can start creating your own backup strategy with these five free backup applications for macOS.

Backup

1. Time Machine

macOS, like all major operating systems, comes with a built-in backup utility. Unlike other built-in backup offerings, Time Machine is actually extremely useful. Plug in a hard drive, set Time Machine to go, and everything else is done for you. It integrates well with macOS’ installation process, allowing you to easily recover your computer on a new hard drive. You can also restore lost or deleted files.

Related: How to Modify the Time Machine Backup Schedule for Mac

However, Time Machine isn’t perfect. The user doesn’t have any control over how or when backups happen. You also can’t expand the scope of backups. You can remove targets from backups, but you can’t add anything. The interface for Time Machine also isn’t great, requiring this buggy animation that makes searching or looking at old backups difficult. Bottom line: Time Machine is a great first line of defense for simple backup and non-essential files, but it’s hardly a professional-grade backup tool.

2. SuperDuper!

SuperDuper is primarily a disk-cloning application. But that makes it a superb backup tool for power users. Cloning your startup disk should be a regular part of any complete backup process. SuperDuper has a paid tier, but you can access the primary functionality of the app for free – forever.

Within the free tier, you can back up and restore full disks, but you have to start from scratch each time. You also can’t schedule applications in the free tier, nor can you test potential backup utilities to make sure everything will work correctly.

Related: The Best Software Options for Making a Bootable Backup for Mac

3. Intego Backup Assistant

LaCie, the well known stylish hard drive manufacturer, also makes data management tools that, in defiance of the norm, aren’t bad. Their Intego Backup Assistant is free and offers a surprisingly wide variety of tools. It includes one-way backup with built-in scheduling and support for incremental backups. You can also synchronize two folder locations to create synced archives. It’s just about as powerful as Carbon Copy Cloner, which is unfortunately no longer available for free. If your backup process is hurting from that change, Intego is an excellent replacement.

4. FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync is built to sync the contents of specific folders from one place to another. It makes backing up specific files and folders extremely easy, offering a very detailed backup utility that can individually select files for backup. The program also offers two-way synchronization, updating both folders to match one another. This detail is powerful and useful, but it makes the program less well-suited to full drive backup.

Best Backup Software For Mac Free

For something like that, you might be more interested in one of the holistic backup tools for macOS. The user interface might be a little ugly, but the application reliably handles sync conflicts, letting the user decide what files to overwrite to avoid unintentional data loss.

5. iBackup

iBackup takes a slightly different approach to backup – one that ends up being friendlier for novice users, if restricting in more capable hands. It adopts the macOS-defined home folder categories as its primary backup structure, allowing you to view and select the folders and files within your home directory that you’d like to back up. It also allows you to back up macOS system preferences and system files, an affordance provided by few other backup applications, apart from macOS’ own Time Machine.

The application is a little dated: it still references relics like iWeb and iPods, and even the name is a little old-fashioned. But it worked fine in our testing and didn’t have any issues creating backups or restoring them.

Honorable Mention: rsync

Like Time Machine, rsync is a pre-installed utility you can use to backup your Mac. It’s a Terminal command that works a lot like FreeFileSync, detecting differences between two folders and automatically synchronizing each location. As a Terminal command, it does require a little practice to use correctly. But if you feel comfortable issuing Terminal commands, rsync provides significant free backup power for your Mac. Learn more about rsync in our guide.

Conclusion

The world of free backup is less populated than it once was. However, two core applications, Time Machine and SuperDuper, can work together to create an excellent backup system that will protect you from many kinds of data loss. Just add a cloud backup service like Backblaze or Carbonite. Then you’ll have a robust backup system to keep your Mac’s files safe.

This article was first published in November 2009 and was updated in April 2018.