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Tri-BACKUP is a backup utility that automatically saves your data (from a single folder to an entire disk), synchronize folders, and creates and maintains bootable copy of your disk.
  • Multiples modes: copy, backup, synchronize, remove, compress, compare, etc.
  • Different backup modes: Evolutive (saves successive versions of each document), Mirror (identical copy), Incremental partial backup, Disk Copy, etc.
  • Programmed Actions executed in background, with automatic scheduling.
  • Immediate Actions to precisely control what must be copied, deleted,or modified.
  • Automatic mount of remote more...

What's New

Version 7.0.5:


  • Added an alert when FTP server used by a FTP action is not available and the action is cancelled.
  • Various minor enhancements and interface changes.
  • Fixed an issue when FTP server is not available.
  • Correction of errors that could be reported when copying temporary items created by the System more...


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George6 Member IconReview+8

With every major release they make a slightly different UI... but all are terrible and not at all macosx like. the app itself works good but their ui designers should be condemned to a life time working with their own UIs :D (peace)

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Version 7.0.0
Mousee Member IconComment+67

$49 for an upgrade is a little high. Make it $29, or even $39 and I'll consider it. For now I'll stick with v5.

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Version 6.0.0

agreed, although a revamped interface is LONG overdue

MrFlatulences Member IconReview+3

Tri-Backup is the best backup program for the Mac. I have tried everything Synk7, ChronoSync, iBackup, GetBackupPro, Smartbackup - none of these programs can match TriBackup!

TriBackup5 every cent is worth it! From the simple to the expert mode, very good help and an assistant. For an administrator with regular backup essential services and the remote start backups over the local network will love it soon! Runs on Intel and PPC extremely stable - had been no crash on PPC no matter, or iMacCore2 iMaci7. Consumes very little computing power and demand has Tribackup other useful dialogue for the professional (logs, status, etc.). Available languages English, French, German (www.softdes.de).

Look at it, check them out and how you will use it every day!

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Version 5.2.8
Detlevski Member IconComment+84

"Update downloaded.."
So where the #.7% is it ?

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Version 5.2.4

it's on your hard drive. use the finder to look for it.


It's on your hard drive
O, really ? That's quite helpfull, probably the answer to this question is also on "their site"


I'm guessing in your downloads folder if you're using Snow Leopard.

Perhaps your desktop if using an older OS.

Gregj Member IconComment+54

Stay Far Away From This Software............. They can't even maintain their Web Site.
I recommend Super Duper for backup software at a reasonable price. I have used it for many many years and the upgrades are FREE !!!!!!!!!!!
Nuff Said !

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Version 5.1.2

Nice comment, I also use SuperDuper, but that is a bit of a sublime one-trick pony which I use for cloning.
And I use Synk Pro for synchronization, for which it is superb.

Tri-BackUp is substantially more versatile than either, which comes at the price of complexity. But for Backup I rely on TBU!

A comment that product A is very good adds very little to assess the merits of product B, imo.


@Miner: If TBU is so great, why do you have to supplement it with SuperDuper and Synk Pro? It doesn't sound like TBU is at all versatile if it can't do what it says on the tin!


Other way around: Started with SuperDuper, but found that too limited for real backup. Then Synk to supplement, but for synking it was good, but for backup, versioning it was not.
TBU does it all, and if that where the first I had bought, I had never looked back. But since I have licenses to all, I can cherry-pick for the task at hand.


I appreciate Miner's comments, not only about this product but about the need to have reviewers chime in who can provide insights based on having used and compared features and benefits, as well as flaws and idiot=syncrosies, of all the products seeking a market in their category.

I used to be a diehard Retrospect user, when it was in its heyday and the only game in town worth considering. Now I won't touch it.

I agree with Miner is SuperDuper is the software of choice for cloning, but not necessarily for backup, or for incremental storing of works-in-progress. I loved Retrospect for that.

I don't much like the price of Tri-Backup, but, based on Miner's insights, I might give it a try. I'll have to run in against Intego's product again, as well as a proprietary product that comes bundled with my external LaCie drives.

I find ChronoSync exceptionally versatile for file and folder syncing, and although its document says that it can also clone drives and be used for incremental backups, I have yet to do my test and comparisons.

GetBackUp+ is wonderfully fast and easy for syncing up files in different folders across internal and external volumes. So, too, is Syncovery, the new name for the SuperFlexibleSliceEmandDiceEm-LongistWeirdestSoftwareName in the world, which it still seems to be, although Mac purists keep knocking its interface as being too Windoze-like.

I never tried Synk Pro, nor did I ever get far into Carbon Carbon Copy, once I discovered SuperDuper and concluded it met my needs in that department.

In short, I, too, do not think that there is any one program which does it all, i.e., backing up, backing up incrementally, syncing files and folders across all kinds of barriers, and cloning. So, test them all out, until you find the set that meets your individual needs. Just stop putting a program if it can't be the Swiss Army knife of the backup world: you'll only make yourself sick.

TVCNet Member IconComment+4

Tri-Backup 4.04 was exceptional last year...

The new 5.0 beta version is nicely featured as well and seems to respond very well in Leopard.

Downside is that 4.04 is flaky if it works at all under Mac OS X Leopard, requiring you to dump 4.04 and install the 5.0 beta.

Once the beta expires you'll be forced to pay the new software fee:
Upgrade price is US$49 from Tri-BACKUP 4 to Tri-BACKUP 5 (normal
version), and US$69 to Tri-BACKUP Pro 5.

My gripe:
First, the value of the dollar has dropped, so this $49 is not last years $49. So they've affectively raised their rates while other just as decent software developed by hard working US developers costs half as much.

So, you get to decide:

1. Pay a company who is charging for upgrades and who's upgrade history between versions spans a year a more.
Version 5 beta: Feb 2008
Version 4.0.4: Jan 2006
Version 4.0.3: May 2005
Version 4.0.2: Aug 2004

2. Pay a company who has effectively raised their rates at a time when their version 4.04 version has become nonresponsive under Panther (something akin to holding some folks by the you know what, because the old version no longer works reliably).

3. Go with a USA company who's offering lower cost software with a good upgrades track record, who doesn't have a record of increasing their rate when an older version stops working... so you are trapped into paying for the next version.

I hate being forced to pay software companies because they stop supporting their apps.

I recommend supporting companies who maintain ongoing a history of periodic upgrades, instead of one that took almost a year to upgrade to 5.0, and then appear to be forcing existing paid customers to pay when their older version stopped working.


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Version 5.0b80204

Reviewing software based on an exchange rate and xenophobia is never very helpful.

And why not take Adobe as an example of a good 'ol USA company - they update less frequently than Tri-edre AND charge European customers more than twice the US price?

Bad practices exist on both sides of the Atlantic.

donperreault Member IconComment+602

These guys are two days late for the party.

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Version 5.0b80204
Joy-Livingwell Member IconReview+20

Summary: Great backup, lousy restore

I just tested this software. It does a great job backing up, with lots of options. Backups can be native file format in a Finder folder hierarchy, so you can search them with any search utility. Iterative backups get made within the same folder hierarchy, in dated folders. It's fast. It's smart.

Unfortunately, Tri-BACKUP's restore functionality is, AFAICT, extremely limited. You can't simply tell it to restore a folder to how it was at last backup ... or at a given date in the past ... or how it was when some previous backup got made. Nope, you've got to manually page through a file list to decide which version of what gets restored. Since I have over 250,000 files in my Documents folder alone, plus a huge photo archive, restoring using Tri-BACKUP just isn't practical.

Too bad, because otherwise it's a nice program, and I've heard very good reports about its reliability.

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Version 4.0.4

You may be interested in LBackup (drag and drop restore if you perform a local backup).

ffass Member IconReview+11

Great backup software! I've been using this app for years for normal daily backups with no problems.

Due to some recent computer problems I've realized that I needed to use Tri-Backup to take my data backups to another level. So, I recently cloned my start up disk to another drive using Tri-Backup and it made a perfect bootable duplicate! I now have the program set up to quickly update the cloned copy at the click of a button.

The impetus for cloning my start up drive was what seemed to be a drive failure, but the use of Disk Warrior and an OS reinstall fixed what actually turned out to be a "missing node" problem. I had "evolutive" backups on hand of my data but it still took a day and half to manually drag or reinstall everything back to where it previously was.

Having a bootable clone is of great benefit in light of my experience: now if some digital disaster rears it's ugly head, I can now simply reboot to start up drive #2 and jump right back into whatever it was that I was doing on my computer, and deal with the problematic drive at a more convenient time later on.

Note that cloning a drive is NEVER a sensible replacement for regular backups of your valuable data! I suggest using Tri-Backup's "evolutive" backup scheme to retain at least 5 previous versions of your important files.

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Version 4.0.4
Anonymous Member IconReview

Looks interesting. But requires StuffIt to decompress. I don't want to install StuffIt, so I'll have to look elsewhere for a backup program.

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Version 4.0.3
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Version 5.2.8
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Downloads 50,852
Version Downloads 261
Type Utilities / Backup
License Demo
Date 20 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $69.99
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