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Data Backup is a powerful utility that allows you to backup, restore and synchronize your valuable data with minimal effort. Whether you are a new computer user or a seasoned professional, Data Backup 3 offers you just the right amount of power, flexibility and ease-of-use to help you protect your files fast.
  • Easy No complicated setup - built-in backup sets to quickly backup your iTunes or iPhoto files, other important data or your entire system.
  • Custom create your own backup sets. Just drag and drop. "Fast Start" feature preselects the files to be backed up, saving you time (requires OS X 10.4+). more...

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Version 3.1.7: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


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avengery Member IconReview+1

Ok i can see most of the reviews are so old , but i only have one thing to say here , this app is reliable .. thats it : )

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Version 3.1.7
Macsrock Member IconReview+3

I was a user of Data Backup for years; started with version 1. I had problems with its log files not appearing when requested. Here's my recent reply to their last tech support email regarding my problem.

It's been nearly 2 months and I've heard nothing. I guess you forgot me; my problem with your software not working as it should must be too small for you to care about. Funny thing. SuperDuper!, a backup product I bought to replace you works great. No mysterious EXECUTOR. No BS. No 2 months of silence from Tech Support (none needed). It just works and does EVERYTHING it says it will do.

In fairness, the backups seem to be fine, but if the software doesn't do the simple things like retrieve log files, how can the more important tasks be trusted?

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Version 3.1.5
M.Luther Member IconComment+164

Why is Data Backup 3.1.1 only a 16MB disc image and this latest 3.1.3 version is a whopping 100.4MB disc image? (The installer package is 14.4MB for v.3.1.1 and 99MB for v.3.1.3.) A lot of changes under the hood?

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Version 3.1.3

Yes, there were changes made under the hood for compatibility with Lion, which does account for the much larger package size.

Wizzard1 Member IconReview+74

I used this utility for several years now and it is a trusted utility; one that I rely on for my day to day work. It has been extremely reliable and I have only had two minor issues with "executor" but both of those issues where taken care of by John (Technical Support). Support is excellent, time sensitive, and also very helpful. Can ask for much for than that - a winning combo.

A most recommended application.

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Version 3.1.1
Gratefulgary Member IconReview+0

For me personally, the instructions did not seem to sufficiently explain some of the features and the trouble thereby that results. It took a while to figure out how to create a bootable clone for example. It wasn't clear that it required it's own partition. And to restore the clone elswhere required that the clone be cloned to it's destination to be bootable, not "restored." I also had a problem with not sufficiently understanding what would happen to the rest of the files/folders on my external HD when I performed versioned backups. They disappeared into a double secret area that required a call to tech support.

However, the customer service/tech support is excellent, and by the way, not out-sourced. I used them yesterday to resolve the versioned backups issue. John couldn't have been more technically proficient, patient responsive, interactive. It took some time and was a little tedious but the issue was completely resolved and I now know more about how the software works.
The functionality of the product is excellent and other than issues directly related to my lack of understanding, Data Backup works as described by Prosoft.

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Version 3.1
Kerry Dawson Member IconReview+11
Kerry Dawson

I've used Data Backup without trouble for at least two years without incident until Snow Leopard came out. The introduced 3.1 for Snow Leopard compatibility. It still isn't compatible. In fact, I finally realized the backups were doing strange things like running at odd times, more than it should on the schedule and thus I had no confidence in the backups it was creating.

Support has been responsive but they have been telling me this is going to be fixed soon and Snow Leopard came out 3 months ago. The 3.1 still has not been updated with a fix. The last I heard from support is that its going to be fixed soon but I had this odd feeling the developer has gone a missing.

This is not cheap software. I decided to get Get Backup 2 which complements Time Machine nicely and works fine with Time Machine. In fact, everything I have worked with Time Machine shortly after it came out. SuperDuper, another excellent backup and cloning software was Snow Leopard compatible almost from the get go.

I used to be a Retrospect user before Data Backup and switched to Data Backup as I liked its rotational capability. I tried Retrospect v8 which is Snow Leopard compatible but it really is overkill for my needs. If Data Backup worked like it used to, it would be great. However, it doesn't and I am left with little confidence in their ability to deal with this issue of making their software SL compatible. This is backup software and its used for safety. This is appalling that this program is being marketed on here as Snow Leopard compatible. If you buy it, check your logs if you have it doing scheduled backups or even just manually backup. You'll find the time stamps in he logs make no sense. So how can you trust anything that is backed up if it has to be restored.

I'd stay away from this program even if they paid you to take it let alone you paying them.

My ratings are based solely on this does not work with Snow Leopard after 3 months and I had to invest in another Backup program which should never have been the case.

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Version 3.1
ericsackett Member IconReview+4

Data Backup 3 is very good as a backup and archiving program. It fills in that spot that SuperDuper and Time Machine miss. It suffers a bit in its interface and ease of use, but I've never had a problem with it.

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Version 3.1
tvalleau Member IconReview+104

I've been using DataBackup for several years now. Contrary to other reviews, I've not had any trouble with it at all. No "internal errors" - nothing. For me (currently on 10.5.8) DataBackup "just works" and I'm delighted with it. I use it in conjunction with Super Duper. I'm a semi-retired Mac programmer, and so I've used it "in both directions" (meaning backup and restore both) and it's been there for m 100% of the time.

Neither have I had trouble with the company; they have been quite responsive the few times I've dealt with them.

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Version 3.1
Sherman Wilcox Member IconComment+171
Sherman Wilcox

This application is not compatible with Snow Leopard, won't even launch. Prosoft's website has claimed an upgrade will be released "in the next few days" since the release of Snow Leopard, but there is still no compatible version. This is simply unacceptable for a critical utility such as this.

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Version 3.0.5
SJG70 Member IconReview+2

This backup software does all that I want (backing up my harddrive, cloning, maintaining a copy of my PDF library on a Flashdrive). I think their support deserves some praise: they recently very efficiently resolved a problem I was having, quickly providing me with very clear, comprehensive information. In fact it is probably the most professional support experience I've had. They obviously want the software to work for you.

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Version 3.0.5
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Downloads 37,287
Version Downloads 5,298
Type Utilities / Backup
License Demo
Date 19 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $49.00
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