Regularly saving and backing up your data is something that should come natural. You can of course easily use Mac's very own Time Machine feature to do so but maybe you don't want to devote and entire hard drive to backing up OS X.
If you're looking for an external solution, iBackup 2010 is a simple program with a Finder like interface which will cater for all new comers to backups. Backups are called Profiles in iBackup 2010 and you can create as many as you wish, adding, deleting or editing them. The program also allows you to create smart lists to sift through your data. While you can manually backup, the best thing is to create a schedule so you don't ever have to worry about it. On the whole, iBackup 2010 performs fairly quickly and the interface makes it easy to see what you've added to each profile. One advantage over Time Machine is that iBackup gives you much greater control over which preferences you backup for different programs. However the application suffers a few drawbacks. First of all, there really isn't any incremental backup and you need to recreate a profile to add new items to it. This also means that the log file won't show what new files have been added to a backup. Restoring a drive works fine, but iBackup 2010 clearly lacks a feature to only restore individual items. iBackup 2010 is a simple backup solution, for people looking for something basic and easy to use and don't want to rely on Time Machine.
- New: iBackup log file
- Bug fixed: iBackup didn't start the backup due to a wrong variable