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26th May 2011, 02:38 AM
Hey all
I'm new to the forum but have been using mac's for a few years, I was just chasing a way of making iterative backups of usb drive as they are plugged into a mac, I've done a couple of searches on here and google but nothing i have found is very good. I'm using "USB Backup" at the moment but it doesn't do iterative and it's memory & cps usage make the computer unusable even when it's not backing up.

26th May 2011, 07:17 AM
TimeMachine - comes with OS X - but will need config changes as, by default, it won't back up external drives.

26th May 2011, 06:42 PM
I've looked at time machine but i can only get it to backup to an external drive, i was looking for something to back my usb drives up to my hard drive, which is then backed up by time machine to an external drive. My usb drives are used for thesis and project work so i want them to back every time i plug them into my mac not just when i'm at home. Thanks for the suggestion

27th May 2011, 07:19 AM
I maybe wrong, but I think SuperDuper Redirect (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/) will do the trick for you. You should be able to have it detect when the particular drive is plugged in, I think?!?

27th May 2011, 07:37 AM
This might do what you want (I haven't tried it, just google'd it):

GoodSync for Mac: File Synchronization Software, File Backup, File Sync (http://www.goodsync.com/mac)


mac man
27th May 2011, 01:34 PM
Synk 7, from Decimus <Link> (http://decimus.net/Synk) will do what you want.

I use it to backup my thesis to an external (opposite to you I know, but it will do what you want too) where ever I am, just turn on archive so you get iterative versions of the document.

The best thing about Synk is that it's almost instantaneous, I hit save in my document and BAM! I see the icon in the menu bar synchronise straight away. Also the education price is cheap, and you can try it out before buying a license.

Another alternative might be Chronosync, not sure if it will work though.

28th May 2011, 12:52 AM
Cool I'll try all of these and see how they go, Iíd found synk 7 but reading there website I wasn't sure if it would do what I needed, I'll be downloading that and giving it a go!! Iíve got chronosyn and am just playing with it to see what it is capable of. The main reason I was asking about a program that is designed for usb drives is that I was planning to install it on a few of my friends Macís that I look after so I was hoping to give them something that need little to no user input, just a popup box should I back this usb up. Once again thanks for the input much appreciated.