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LaCie SilverKeeper is a freeware application from LaCie that automates Backups to external storage devices like hard disks optical disks, and other removable storage devices that have IDE, ATAPI, SCSI, USB, or Firewire interfaces. Essentially any read/write device that can mount on the Mac Desktop can be used with SilverKeeper.

What's New

Version 2.0.2:
  • Added compatibility to OS X 10.6


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Jrambo Member IconComment+1

it works on my system, OS X 10.6.4.

i've used SuperDuper 2.6.2 for years, and i just started using Apple Backup 3.2 to back up data to my Mobile Me iDisk. the problem is that none of these solutions would find a hard drive i had connected to my Apple Airport Extreme Base Station. Also, none of the other solutions would backup data on a hard drive, specifically to a folder on another hard drive. i was really surprised to find out that none of these solutions had simple functions like that.

i hesitantly downloaded SilverKeeper because i don't trust LaCie products. i've had 4 LaCie d2 Quadra hard drives fail on me in less than a year, $800 down the drain. anyway, i took the chance cause of some good reviews i read, and i installed SilverKeeper and ran it. it was able to find my "Air Disk", and allowed me to choose a folder to backup to on another hard drive, not just a volume (i don't like partitioning my hard drives). now i can backup that hard drive as well without having to disconnect it from my Airport Extreme and connect it directly to my mac.

so far, so good. no crashes or problems. i'm happy for now :-)

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Version 2.0.2
Sjha Member IconReview+124

I have used SilverKeeper 2.0.2 with both my PowerPC iMac (OSX 10.4.11) and my Intel MacBook (OSX 10.6.3) and it has performed flawlessly. The backups are bootable and I have used one to completely restore one computer after a bad crash. I highly recommend this software.

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Version 2.0.2
Rumplestiltskin Member IconReview+11

Thank you, LaCie, for providing this great app. I use TimeMachine and also do a SilverKeeper backup. Works great with Snow Leopard and earlier back to Tiger (and even earlier - 10.3.9, IIRC). Love the fact that I can run all the backup "sets" on a schedule. If a destination disk is missing, SK will just log the error and keep on with the rest of the backup sets.

I backup my wife's PowerBook over our wireless network and SK will even mount the shared volume and then the sparse image image automatically, perform the backup, and then unmount everything. Beautiful.

Wish I could find a backup app as cooperative as this for my Windoze machines.

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Version 2.0.2
Uronovice Member IconComment+0

SilverKeeper keeps freezing my computer. Every time I try to run it for the first time it will freeze with a variety of listed errors. Each time it gets a little further but then stops as it has reached 10 errors eg
Set Name: Macintosh HD
Backup Started: Sat. 02/01/2010 10:39 PM

Files Checked: 35,461 of 136,936 Data Checked: 6.461 GB of 26.10 GB
Files Copied: 429 Data Copied: 255.3 MB
Files Removed: 0 Available: 236.4 GB

Status: Operation aborted due to excess errors (10:15 min.)
Plus 15 error(s)

Last Backup: Not backed up.
Next Backup: Manual - use 'Go' button to Backup.

Failed to write destination file
| [Audio]
| | [Apple Loops]
| | | [Apple]
| | | | [iLife Sound Effects]
| | | | | [Textures]
| | | | | | Super Stager.caf (1.08 MB) (I/O Error)
Unexpected Error.
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 01.caf (43.0 KB) (err = -120)
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 02.caf (108 KB) (err = -120)
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 03.caf (53.7 KB) (err = -120)
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 04.caf (70.0 KB) (err = -35)
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 05.caf (61.1 KB) (err = -35)
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 06.caf (107 KB) (err = -35)
| | | | | | Suspense Accents 07.caf (219 KB) (err = -35)
File(s) permissions update
| | | | | Textures (err = -35)
Failed to create folder
| | | | | Transportation (err = -35)
File(s) permissions update
| | | | iLife Sound Effects (err = -35)
| | | Apple (err = -35)
| | Apple Loops (err = -35)
| Audio (err = -35)
Library (err = -35)


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Version 2.0.2
rich k. Member IconReview+93
rich k.

hoooray! Works with 10.6 ! i have used this program for many years to make backups which have been indispensable. Respect to the developer for only taking 3 days to get compatibility working again!

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Version 2.0.2
Peter da Silva Member IconComment+94
Peter da Silva

Dagnabbit, I *just* switched to using Time Machine for my backups and they go and fix at least half the problems I was having with Silverkeeper.

Oh well, maybe I can use it for my bootable backups.

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Version 2.0.1

silverkeeper has different purpose, time machine has different purpose. Also the "speed" of time machine has some bad reasons like apple have chosen to do block level copy rather than file level copy so it has potential to carry problems with files to backup identically.

I don't see why wouldn't one use BOTH , TM and Silverkeeper. Silverkeeper for one time in a week offsite backups for example.

Peter Da Silva

Time Machine does file level backups, not block level backups.

Jacquelyn Heid

Having a problem setting up time Machine.
Click on time machine, a small window with the” on” and “off” switch, (the switch is in off position), and “choose backup disk”. I move the switch to “on.” Another window immediately comes up that says “set up time capsule, “ or “cancel.” I click on “set up time capsule” anyway, knowing where this is going to take me, which is for airport wireless devices, which I do not have. Then, of course, it is “unable to find wireless devices, “ and that is as far as I get.

Any suggestions?

After reading comments on Lacie Silverkeeper, I am hesitant to install it. Have also gone to the little question marks and have followed their instructions. No help there.

rtheone Member IconComment+5

Good work POMO!
We obviously need to wake these guys up inorder to make them update SK.

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Version 1.1.4
Pomo Member IconComment+1

Use caution: silently fails with read-only files - Version: 1.1.4

A few months back I found that several of my C++ source files were not current on my backup. As a result, I lost several days of work. I traced this problem to the following situation:

1) SK saves a read-only file to the backup.

2) The original file is changed.

3) During the next backup, SK fails to copy the changed read-only file onto the read-only version on the backup disk.

This occurs even when you have set SK to "full privilges" by entering your password.

Such a situation is likely to happen if you use a source control system that leaves files locked.

In detail, during step 3) SK changes the permissions of the backed up file to writable, but then fails to copy the changed file. If, as step 4), you do a second backup, then the changed file will be correctly copied to the backup (because the destination file is now writable). The result is that all of your changed read-only files will be backed up only every other time!

This bug is very easy to confirm by setting up a simple backup of one folder to another on your local drive.

I had a lively email exchange with LaCie about this problem, eventually diagnosing and documenting it, and giving them a clear example. Unfortunately, their final communication was "Thanks for the feedback. We will consider for the next update." That was 15-May-2006, and SK still has not been updated.

I think SK is a fine program and appreciate LaCie for providing it for free. However, this bug will bite you if you work with any read-only files that change. Until LaCie fixes it, you'll need to run SK twice to insure that such files are correctly backed up.

I hesitated to post here, but since LaCie has neither acknowledged nor fixed this bug in five months, I hope this warning will save others from a backup disaster.

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Version 1.1.4
rtheone Member IconReview+5

Leaks memory like a water pipe!!!

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Version 1.1.4
Jimge Member IconReview+24

After struggling with Retrospect Express and Maxtor FireWire drive, I switched to a LaCie drive with Silverkeeper. Man, what a difference in backing up a boot drive. SK - 20 mins Vs. RE - several hours!

The SilverKeeper/LaCie boot drive booted first time. The Retrospect Express/Maxtor One Touch II combo, has always been temperemental. The first One Touch has been incredibly flakey.

In fact, Silverkeeper 1.1.4 will back up both the boot drive and a second internal hard drive for media files, with a single click.

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Version 1.1.4
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Version 2.0.2
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 68,612
Version Downloads 30,950
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 01 Sep 2009
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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