OT: Time Machine Alternatives?

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Oct 17 00:25:16 CEST 2013


Mark Wieder wrote:
> I've been using Time Machine to make backups, and it seems to do that job
> well, but the backup disk ends up with cross-linked files pretty rapidly and
> I end up reformatting the backup disk and starting from scratch frequently.
> This seems to me to be missing the point of having historical backups.
>
> So I'm throwing this open to see what others are using for backups on OSX. I
> assume there's something better than Time Machine out there and I'm just not
> aware of it. Thanks in advance.

I use Time Machine, but only as a last resort.  Same with the Backup 
tool bundled with Ubuntu.  Never needed to recover anything from them, 
but it's comforting to know they're there.

My daily work is copied to a cloud server at the end of each day, and 
and also make copies of critical work files to my 16 GB quad-channel USB 
thumb drive that I keep with me at all times.

My LC plugins folder is automatically synced with the Ubuntu One cloud 
service, which not only gives me an off-site backup but also keeps my 
dev tools in sync across all the machines I work on (the finally 
finished their Mac version earlier this year).

I also make additional backups on a large HD once a week to keep off-site.

Perhaps a bit obsessive, but long ago I suffered a hard drive failure, 
and I promised myself "Never again".

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