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Top 5 Reliable Backup Apps for Data on Mac

Top 5 Reliable Backup Apps for Data on Mac

These days it’s all about the data. Companies run the risk of losing data when they do not know how to protect it or lack the knowledge to do so. Many companies are developing the software for protecting data and making automatic backups. Therefore, there are plenty of software solutions to deal with this issue. However, before starting to use any of the apps, think about your backup strategy. Understanding what exactly is vital for you while what is not, helps to save your precious time and money. Here are some of the most popular, reliable backup apps for the data on your Mac.

  1. Time Machine

It is a very simple software which you can easily connect with Time Capsule (automatic wireless backup).Time Machine usually runs in the background and it creates the backup of your data in a particular time interval. Will it be once a day? Every hour? Or will you run it manually? – It is up to you to decide. Also, Time Machine makes it easy to recover the files that you have previously deleted or lost somewhere. It actually does not offer anything spectacular, but it is a very helpful software. The only drawback is a very slow initial backup.

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  1. Carbon Copy Cloner

It has become popular since the early versions of OS X and its primary purpose was to create a boot-able optical media or the copy of OS so you can bring back all of your old data in the case of an accident. Today, the software has significantly improved and it can create a full backup. The main improvements are not related to the graphical interface, but on the underlying processes which are the main asset of Carbon Copy Cloner. It successfully copies batches of data and makes the replica of your hard drive. The software has its flaws, so the creation of backup is pretty much time-consuming. Another downside to this is that you cannot set up a schedule so you will have to do everything manually.

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  1. iDoctor

In case you need to create a backup, recover some accidentally deleted files and keep your Mac healthy, you can always grab a handy application called iDoctor. It is a great resource for protecting your Mac, optimizing the overall performance, and creating safety backups. There is no point in producing an outstanding content if you are not able to protect it. iDoctor provides an impressive full-featured backup service which almost everyone can afford. Once you purchase the license, you may easily install their incredibly lightweight application on your device. The interface is easy to use, and it allows you to select the data for backup manually.

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  1. Crashplan

Crashplan is capable of creating an automatic backup of data from computer to the server. It is an excellent solution with plenty of options, and it is also adapted to beginners. The latest version is suitable for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. After the trivial installation, you are free to select which folders do you want to backup and when. For the destination, you can choose any folder on a new server. Furthermore, you may want to play around a little bit with the options on a client side to adjust the settings to create a backup in whatever way and time you decide. The free version offers the backup to several locations while the premium one gives the possibility of the online backup.

  1. SuperDuper

If you are looking for a reliable software for creating the backup copy of your data on Mac, then SuperDuper might be one of the solutions that you will look forward to. The option of Sandbox is seemingly a clever one, but it is actually useful for a very small number of people. The point is that the application creates a copy, but only for system files, which allows you to start up using the external drive. Therefore, Mac continues to read the user data from the internal drive. The situation in which this option might be interesting is during the installation of some critical drivers or patches, for which you are not sure if they will cause problems.

Conclusion

There are many data backup apps available in the market. Whether you decide to go with professional online services or software, you will indeed be able to protect your files and reach them easily whenever you want. If you choose to create a backup using online services, then be aware that there might be some moments when your data is unavailable. All of the applications above provide very affordable and straightforward backup service.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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