Tue, 10 May 2005

OS X Backup

Lazyweb, I invoke thee.

You would think this would be a simple request, but you would be wrong. I've been having a devil of a time finding an OS X backup utility that meets my needs. I'm not asking for much. My requirements:

  1. Allows me to do a full system backup, spanned over multiple DVD-R's
  2. Allows me to do interim incremental/differential backups, spanned if necessary
  3. Does the above, predictably, reliably, and without a lot of hand-holding

Yes, I know about .Mac backup, and it fails number 3 spectacularly. Retrospect still feels like a Classic app, frankly, and it's rather expensive. Most of the existing backup apps I've looked at are oriented towards duping to another mounted volume, which, though useful, is not what I need. I'm not averse to picking up a reasonably priced tape drive if I have to, but DVD-R media costs are such that I'd really like to stay with optical discs over tape if possible.

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