A simple copy is a basic backup of your Mac drive that includes some hidden information that can help Data Backup Pro manage additional backups in the future. The key feature in this Mac backup software that makes a simple copy the fastest choice, is that only the files that have been changed will be backed up. Files that are no longer present in the source can be deleted in the destination.
A versioned backup is very similar to the simple copy except the old and deleted versions of the backup will be stored inside a hidden area with your destination. All of your files in the source will be copied to the destination. When future backups are run, old versions of the files are then stored in hidden locations on within the destination. Similar to Time Machine, files from any backup date can be selected and restored.
Make an exact copy by cloning a Mac hard drive. Making a clone of your drive is creating an identical bootable image of your hard drive. This kind of back up 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!
A Synchronize backup method merges the contents of two drives or folders and places the complete set of data into both the source and the destination. If a file is deleted or added in either the source or destination, the file will be deleted or added on both drives.
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.
An incremental backup is used with the Full Backup to make a copy of the files, which have been changed and created since the last Full or Incremental backup to additional folders called “incremental-date”.
Unlike simple, clone, and versioned backups, Full/Incremental Backups do not overwrite any preexisting files present in the destination drive/folder.
Instead of starting your backup immediately, you may choose to schedule the backup to happen in the future. The Schedule tab displays all scheduled backup events for the backup, and allows you to schedule backup sets in a variety of ways.
Selected dates – specific time and data
Interval – specific reoccurring internal
Selected events – specific event: drive mounting, system powering on
Days of week – specific days of the week
The newest addition to this data backup software is that it provides a number of options for notifications when backups complete. Notifications can come via the Data Backup application, through the Mac OS X notification center (requires OS X 10.8 or higher) and via email/SMS (text message).
Show notifications in the OS X Notification Center when backups complete.
The Dashboard view gives you performance information while your backup is running. It also shows all scheduled events and the history for all backups, synchronizes and restores in one place.
The Performance graph shows the number of files scanned per second, the number of files copied per second and the number of bytes copied per second. You can scroll back to the beginning of the backup, and zoom in or out on the graph. To the left of the Performance graph, an overview of the backup is shown. This includes information such as the number of files selected, the number copied, maximum and current rates and the start time of the backup.