I backup my data fairly reliably but three times I have been put into a situation where when the backup was needed the backup program failed and I was told the software was no longer being supported. The last time was in 2012 with the HP backup software that came bundled with my computer.
Having learned my lesson the first time I always keep a straight copy. Unfortunately, over time, this wastes quite a bit of memory.
Does anyone know of backup software that:
- does a straight copy, the same as if files were drag and dropped, instead of backup to files formatted to be only opened by that particular backup software
- does an incremental backup
I have terabytes of external hard drive space where a good 60-70% is duplicate files because it's too easy to miss files with the brunt force method of incremental backup so each time I backup I do the whole thing. Simply because experience has taught me I can't rely on backup file formats to be accessible when needed.
The ability to tag and save previous versions of changed files rather than just replace during backup would be great but as long as it does 1 and 2, I won't be greedy.
rsync, and any Time Machine backup on OS X is browsable as a standard HFS+ volume.