Arq
Arq 4.1.5
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Arq is online backup for the Mac using Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. It backs-up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly
What's New
Version 4.1.5:

Fixed Bugs:

  • Fixed an issue where Arq would ignore the port value if an S3-compatible server is configured with a non-standard port.
  • Fixed an issue where Arq would sometimes fail to write an object to SFTP if its parent directory didn't already exist.
  • Fixed an issue where the total-to-be-backed-up number was incorrect (much larger than the correct value).
  • Reduced the height of the edit-target window so that it fits in 1024x768 displays.
  • Fixed an issue where the restricted IAM user created by Arq could not list Glacier vaults and calculate total AWS storage.
  • Fixed erroneous "Not all Glacier vaults have been inventoried" message when calculating total AWS storage.

Version 4.1.5:

Fixed Bugs:

  • Fixed an issue where Arq would ignore the port value if an S3-compatible server is configured with a non-standard port.
  • Fixed an issue where Arq would sometimes fail to write an object to SFTP if its parent directory didn't already exist.
  • Fixed an issue where the total-to-be-backed-up number was incorrect (much larger more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Arq User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
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Homer1 reviewed on 20 Mar 2014
Have used this backup solution off and on over the years. Always come back. Just upgraded to version 4 and it is the best release to date. And the support from Stefan (developer) is nothing short of fantastic. Two words describe Arq . . . THE BEST!
[Version 4.1]


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BrentS5141 reviewed on 12 Mar 2014
The only truly secure way to backup your Mac.

This app encrypts your files before they go off into cyber space.
[Version 4.0.3]


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+1

+90

Sherman Wilcox reviewed on 03 Mar 2014
Arq is an incredible backup solution: easy to use, reliable, great Mac interface, fast support from the developer, and rock solid. I backup a ton of stuff to Amazon A3, and some very large folders to Glacier, all for less than $2/month. Version 4 adds many new useful features.
[Version 4.0]


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Essadee reviewed on 03 Mar 2014
This software is amazing. Versioned, appropriately aged backups. It's like having an Infinite Time Machine, or at least as infinite as your resources and budget allow.

My photographs and anything else I've painstakingly worked on are backed up regularly using Amazon S3's Glacier storage class, and nearly 600GB is costing me about USD$4/month. Using the more readily available S3 storage class is a bit more expensive, but my current working catalogs for Lightroom and Documents live there.

I know that I can now use my local Time Machine volume for convenience and, in case of emergency, recover with Arq. This software has already saved hundreds of hours of my spouse's dissertation research once, which not only makes it a bargain at twice the price, but it enabled me to be the conquering hero which I can't even put a pricetag on. I should mention I recovered this research using the Arq mobile app. o/

The addition of other storage providers including/especially *any existing sftp server* is fantastic.
[Version 4.0]


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+13

Mindplay reviewed on 03 Mar 2014
Works incredibly well for me and it already proved to be reliable. I'm converting my backup strategy around it :)
[Version 4.0]


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ylluminate commented on 22 Jan 2014
So wait a second here, while Amazon has lowered prices, DreamObjects is still, for all practicality, 1/2 the cost of these reduced prices! Why are we not yet able to simply plug in the DreamObjects server information into Arq?

I use DreamObjects on some large projects where we already use it for hundreds of gigabytes worth of storage and I would prefer to use Arq with this instead of Amazon. Can we please be allowed to plug in DreamObjects instead of AWS? Seriously folks, it's literally only changing server names as DreamObjects is fully compatible and will require you to change nothing else in Arq.
[Version 3.3.3]

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Abton replied on 19 Feb 2014
Arq 4 Beta has been announced on the developers website and includes support for DreamObjects along with other S3 compatible storage providers.

It's available at: http://www.haystacksoftware.com/blog/2014/02/arq-4-beta/
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tno commented on 29 Dec 2013
Has anyone compared this to iprotectmac? It seems similar, and is on promo $15. (12/12/13) for perpetual license.
[Version 3.3.2]

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+7
my_manzana replied on 01 Mar 2014
Arq is the original application created by the developer. iprotectmac is a licensed copy from the developer and is being marketed to an audience they were not supposed to target. Stick with the Arq.
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ylluminate commented on 20 Sep 2013
Has anyone used this with DreamObjects? I am suspecting that it should work without a hitch, but I'd like to find out before investing in this. DreamObjects is a lifesaver in terms of cost and even performs really well so far for other applications I've used it on.
[Version 3.2.5]


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maelp reviewed on 04 Jul 2013
Great app
[Version 3.2.4]


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+3

+160

Blloyd reviewed on 21 Jan 2013
Just a note that after 1 1/2 years of use with Arq, I somehow lost all my backups. I don't have any real idea what happened but 500+ GB of data that I uploaded to Glacier, and 100+ GB that I uploaded to S3 aren't accessible through Arq. It wants to upload them again, which takes weeks, and that's not great.

I don't know what caused this to happen (I'm a fairly savvy user), but what I do know is that in a weeks' worth of emails to Haystack, this hasn't been resolved and I'm no closer to things than I was.

I'm not one to leave crappy reviews places, but this isn't the first time I've had Arq lose track of things and force me to re-upload everything (previously was due to a bug in one of the 2.x releases). It could be an Arq problem, or it could be something on the S3 side, but I haven't had satisfactory resolution and when you go with one vendor for software and another for storage there's no single throat to choke, as it were.

I'll give Haystack another couple days to respond (responses are delayed 2-3 days and generally not helpful at the moment), but I'm pretty disappointed :-(
[Version 3.0.6]

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Bigboysdad replied on 22 Jan 2013
Sorry to hear your frustration. I had the same problem you did with version 2 from the sounds of it, but stuck with it as it only happened once due to the hard work of the developer to rectify it (see earlier comment below).

I’m really struggling to see the benefit of Glazier. On the plus side it’s well intentioned and cheap to upload. On the minus side, it is amongst other things, extremely slow which makes it expensive to restore data, in fact I’d hate to have to restore data which I backed up to it. It only seems relevant for storage of data which you might only need once in a blue moon as opposed to it being used for backup purposes. In this regard, data’s too important for cheapness to be a consideration, especially when using Arq with the Reduced Redundancy Storage (‘RRS’) works speedily and effectively.

With Glazier, it seems that there’s no winner - the developer tries to be helpful by implementing the Glazier option to save his customers money, but seems to have his hands tied by Glazier’s apparent limitations which in turn affects the customer when backups are lost in this way. These issues seem to be taking up a lot of the developer’s time, so much so that one can’t even register as a new user to Arq’s forum due to his site having spamming issues which he doesn’t have time to rectify due to having to respond to customers in a similar position to you. Its times like this when these kind of issues are occuring when customers like us require involvement in that forum and need it to be fully operational so we can be helped.

Glazier just seems to make Arq look bad which is unfortunate and unfair and it wouldn’t surprise me if the developer sometimes wondered whether it’s worth his considerable time and effort having that option. My view, based on the experience of the original poster and me is only use RSS - not Glazier, not a combination of RSS and Glazier, don’t even switch from RSS to Glazier - just use RSS only if you are a new user or if you are currently using RSS, stick with it. I only comment as I am fond of this software, am reliant on it and need it to be 100%, which it is when used in this way.

It’s awful that you had to be the proverbial ‘canary down the coalmine’ in trying the Glazier option and experiencing these problems and I hope your issue is resolved. One thing I can promise you about this developer though is that he does try to do everything he possibly can to help and that there’s every chance that your issue may rectified like mine was.
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Zx rated on 09 Jan 2014

[Version 3.3.2]



+3

a_m_k rated on 24 Nov 2013

[Version 3.3.1]



+89

Zx rated on 16 Sep 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



+89

Zx rated on 14 Jun 2013

[Version 3.2]



Habadaschi rated on 23 Mar 2013

[Version 3.1]



gosmond rated on 13 Feb 2013

[Version 3.1]



+149

Pripyat rated on 26 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0]



+160

Blloyd rated on 07 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0]



+2

James W. rated on 29 Oct 2012

[Version 2.9.1]



+203

St. Clair Software rated on 08 Oct 2012

[Version 2.8.2]


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Version Downloads:274
Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Demo
Date:12 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $39.99
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Arq is online backup for the Mac using Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. It backs-up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.

Arq lets you set a budget for S3 storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.

Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives.

Arq "de-duplicates" your backups, never storing the same file twice in your S3 account.


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