Establishing a good backup routine is your best line of defense to protect yourself from data loss. Losing your computer files can be a timely and expensive task to be faced with. Plus, you run the risk of permanently losing things that are irreplaceable such as photos and videos.

Best backup software for Mac

Prosoft’s Data Backup 3 is powerful, easy-to-use and fully customizable backup software for the Mac. You can create a detailed backup routine, schedule and automate it or run multiple backup scripts. Whether you are an IT professional or home user Data Backup offers flexibility and ease of use.

Type of backups Data Backup 3 offers

Clone – Making a clone of your drive is creating an identical bootable image of your hard drive (as long as your hard drive is bootable to begin with). This kind of backup comes in handy because with a clone of your current drive, in the event where your drive becomes unreadable or fails, you can boot from the clone that you have created. The drive has to be partitioned with the right partition map (e.g. GUID/APM). Making a clone of your drive can turn out to be an absolute lifesaver!

Versioned – A versioned backup is very similar to a simple copy, except the old and deleted versions of the backup will be stored inside a hidden area of your destination. All of your files in the source will be copied to the destination. When future backups are ran, old versions of the files are then stored in hidden locations within the destination. Similar to Time Machine, files from any backup date can be selected and restored.

Simple Copy – A simple copy is a basic backup of your drive that includes some hidden information that can help Data Backup manage additional backup processes in the future. The key feature that makes simple copy the fastest is that only the changed files will be copied and files no longer present in the source will be deleted in the destination. When scheduled, this can be an incremental backup as well.

Synchronize- A Synchronized backup method merges the contents of two drives or folders and places the complete set of data into both the source and destination. If a file is deleted or added in either the source or destination, the file will be deleted or added from the other.

Incremental- A incremental backup is used with the Full Backup to make a copy of the files which have been changed or created since the last Full or Incremental backup.

Full- A full backup will make a complete copy all of the files and folders present in the source. When it is completed, the destination will contain additional folder names “Full-Date” which will contain all of the files and folders that were selected to copy.

Prosoft offers a Free 30 day demo of Data Backup, so you can try before you buy!