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    Time Machine Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Time Machine for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Restic, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Time Machine and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Time Machine are Carbon Copy Cloner (Paid), Duplicacy (Freemium, Open Source), Duplicity (Free, Open Source) and ChronoSync (Paid).

    This page was last updated Nov 12, 2021

    1. Restic is a modern backup program that can back up your files: from Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows to many different storage types, including self-hosted and online services easily, being a single executable that you can run without a server or complex setup ...
    2. Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) features an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive.
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    3. Duplicacy is a new generation local and cloud backup tool that supports cross-computer deduplication. It is free for personal use and source code is available to commercial users.
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    4. Duplicity is a software suite that provides encrypted, digitally signed, versioned, remote backup of files requiring little of the remote server.
    5. ChronoSync can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups to almost anything you can connect to your Mac: select cloud services, other Macs, NAS drives, external drives, PC's or anything you can mount as a volume.
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      ChronoSync vs Time Machine opinions
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      It does incremental backups and has scheduling options.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago


    6. Arq is super-easy online backup Back up your files automatically, to your own cloud account, with Arq. Just connect Arq to your own Google Drive account, Amazon Web Services account, SFTP server, Greenqloud account, DreamObjects account, or any S3-compatible server.
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      Arq vs Time Machine opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Arq is still a legitimate alternative to Time Machine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      sdrawkcab Incredibly reliable. Never misses finding modified files. The developer really understands the significance of the lifecycle of data management. Copy vs Backup. Incremental vs Complete. Content checksums vs file modify date. You can't go wrong trusting your data to Arq. I wouldn't recommend anything else. I've used it for 8 years now and it hasn't let me down.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    7. SuperDuper makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and its built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically.
    8. Retrospect is a multi-platform backup solution supporting hybrid backup to disk, tape, NAS & Cloud, aimed at SMEs and MSPs. Main Editions include unlimited client/endpoint licenses. Site License Edition includes unlimited server licenses.
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    9. Get Backup is a native Mac OS X backup software utility. This program is a simple and efficient tool for creating personal backups, suitable for both beginners and pros.
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    10. ZetaWatch is a small OS X program that displays the zfs status in the menu bar, similar to what iStat Menus does for other information. It is fairly well tested, but due to the current state of libzfs and libzfs_core, changes will be required until the API stabilizes.
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