I have several articles on backing up your computer on the blog. About six months ago, I switched my backup strategy to using ChronoSync from Econ Technologies. This is the best, most sophisticated backup software I have ever used. It is really excellent, but it has a bit of a leaning curve. I have decided to do a few articles on ChronoSync starting with setting up a basic backup. The App is just too sophisticated to cover in one article.
Chronosync Setup Assistant
The easiest way to set up a backup in ChronoSync is use the “Setup Assistant”:
Once you click on “Use a set up assistant” you are taken to this screen:
You can do all kinds of syncing and backing up with ChronoSync including creating a Bootable Backup. I pretty much stick to “Home Folder Backup” or “Folder Backup most of the time.” Here I am going to set up a backup of my FileMaker Pro document folder to my iCloud Drive. The FileMaker folder contains all kinds of info that I would need if my house burned down, and I could not access my other backups. Yes, I know an off-site backup is perfect for this. Instead of using an off-site backup, I use iCloud Drive in it’s place.
After you select the type of Synchronizer Task you are taken to the start page:
Just click on Get Started and you are taken through a series of set up screens. ChronoSync does most of the work for you. You begin with “Select a Source”:
You have to navigate through the Finder to select the source that you wish to backup. In my case it is the FileMaker Pro folder:
Once you have selected the source, click on “Next Step” to “Select a Destination”:
In my case, the Destination will be the FileMaker folder on the iCloud Drive. When you click “Next Step” you are taken to the Data Types window:
In the Data Types window, you can select certain types of Data to backup excluding all other file types. I chose “Backup all data”, but you can choose whatever works for you. When you click “Next Step” you are taken to a window about how to handle deleted files:
I always choose to maintain an archive of my deleted files which keeps a few copies of the deleted file for an amount of time of your choosing. If you delete a file, but then realize you need it back, it is there for you.
The last step is to name your backup:
Once you have named your backup, click on “Create Task.” ChronoSync reports that the task has been created:
The next thing to do is create a schedule for this task. However, I always run the backup first by clicking on the arrow in the middle of the window:
Once the backup task is finished, I create a schedule for it by clicking on “Add Schedule” in the Chronosync window toolbar:
You can set up all kinds of schedule scenarios in this area. Backing up my FileMaker Pro folder only needs to be done occasionally so I set it for once a week. Just recently I set up a small, external hard drive to backup my wife’s MacBook Air. In her case, I used the “Event Triggered” setting. All she has to do is plug in the drive and Chronosync does an incremental backup of her User Folder.
Chronosync is a very sophisticated program. You can set up all kinds of backups and Folder syncs and schedule them all sorts of ways. Once a backup is set up, there are several different settings inside the App to tweak that backup for your perfect workflow. I will cover more of these settings in future articles. I just wanted to show people how easy it is to set up an initial backup with Chronosync. It has a 15 day Free Trial so there is no risk to check out the App. Also, ChronoSync is buy once for $49 and free upgrades forever. They never charge for new versions. ChronoSync has been around the Mac platform for years, it is updated regularly. I highly recommend it. If you are beyond the Time Machine stage then ChronoSync may be just the thing.