Mac Backup sucks, but does it work?
May 12, 2006 12:37 AM Subscribe
Let it be known, first, that I devoured past posts on Macs and backup tools
, and see a lot of things I want to try. However, I used Apple's own Mac Backup 3
application (a .Mac tool) prior to learning here that it sucks. So, for those who have also similarly (if inexplicably) used Mac Backup, I have a question. How do I know if it worked?
posted by pzarquon to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I started Mac Backup. I created a custom plan so I could do a one-time full backup of a folder on my Mac filled with 10,000+ photos to DVDs. I said "Make backup now." It did its little dance, and said it would take 37 or something CDs, or 4 DVDs. Then, I followed the instructions as it burned the first one, told me to label it, burned the second one, told me to label it, and so on.
But after the third DVD, it reported it was done with that disc (as before), but didn't ask for that fourth disc. And the history simply showed "backup completed successfully." So, did it? Did it just overestimate that it needed four DVDs? Or did I somehow skip it or break something? Immediately after using Backup, my Mac didn't recognize a blank DVD I inserted until after a few tries.
I would've thought that putting one of the burned DVDs into my Mac would helpfully say, "Disc 1 of 3" or something. But there's simply "Disc 1." So I can't tell how many DVDs Backup thinks the plan includes.
Any ideas? Besides, "Don't use Mac Backup"? I'll probably use another utility or go with external Firewire drives, ultimately, but I want to know if these DVDs I made are any good! Thanks in advance.