You've all heard the stories â€” my computer ate my homework, I lost the important client because my laptop died, my computer was stolen and I lost everything â€” you know, those stories. Well, this isn't one of them.
I've been looking for the last couple weeks for a backup program or script that will allow me to:
- backup remote folders from my server
- can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly
- archives files to either a .dmg, .zip, or otherwise self-contained archive
- doesn't need me to manually mount remote/network drive before each backup session
What I'm not looking for is something that will clone or copy an entire drive. I just need it to be able to copy/backup specific folders from remote servers.
Well, there's the usual suspects, Retrospect, Deja Vu, Impression, CarbonCopyCloner, and a few others.
Retrospect doesn't work with Tiger yet and I've heard that it's a little bloated for what I'm looking for. Deja Vu just doesn't seem to fit the bill of what I'm looking for â€” I want my backups to be archive files, not CDs or DVDs. Impression doesn't have scheduling yet, although it's planned for version 3, and I have to manually mount each remote volume before the backup begins. CarbonCopyCloner clones drives and I'm just looking for specific folders, though I haven't tried it yet and have no problem being proven wrong.
So here I am at a standstill, asking for the help of the masses [yes, I mean all three people that visit this site] to please offer their thoughts and advice on what type of backup systems they use or have have good reviews on.