Mac Backup Guru
Mac Backup Guru
6.7

3.0

Mac Backup Guru free download for Mac

Mac Backup Guru

6.7
27 December 2018

Backup focused on simplicity and reliability.

Overview

Mac Backup Guru lets you copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder, or make incremental snapshots. It is the only software which has the ease-of-use to allow you to copy and paste anything - even a bootable volume - using the contextual menu in the Finder (OS X 10.10 Yosemite and later only). It is also the only 3rd-party software which can make incremental snapshots of your disk, which creates daily copies of your startup disk on an external disk and allows you to go back to prior versions of documents or deleted documents. And it does this while using very little space. You can literally store 30 apparent bootable copies of your 1TB startup disk on a 1.5TB backup disk. Apart from that it has all the standard backup software features, such as scheduled backups which activate when you connect your backup disk (so backing up becomes a matter of simply connecting your disk and everything happens safely and automatically), and it wraps it all up in a ridiculously easy-to-use user interface.

What's new in Mac Backup Guru

Version 6.7:
  • macOS 10.14 Dark Mode support
  • Minor improvements

12 Mac Backup Guru Reviews

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Camner
16 January 2016

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I have been a long time user of SuperDuper! and also recent started using the paid version of Carbon Copy Cloner. Mac Backup Guru is a welcome addition to these two. It's "claim to fame" is the "incremental snapshot," which uses the same "magic" as Time Machine (hard links) to create what is in essence "time stamped" backups (bootable as well as chosen folders/files). Neither SuperDuper nor CCC can do this. Mac Backup Guru takes longer to make a complete backup (clone) than either CCC or SD, in my experience. Support is also limited. The User Guide, such as it is, consists only of a (rather detailed) annotated jpg, and there is no user forum. I've emailed a couple of times to have a question answered, but no one has ever responded.
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Version 5.1
Gaberdine
14 September 2019
Excellent app, at a great price. Was a long time user of CCC but the price is now too high and it seems bloated. The scheduling is good, but I'd like to see a separate pane so multiple schedules can be set and activated independently. Notification Centre integration could then remind me to plug the relevant (weekly/ monthly) backup disk in, to perform the scheduled backup... Here's hoping!
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Version 6.7
djcor
14 March 2019
I have been using Backup Guru LE for some months in order to back up the folders and files on my Server (14 years of office history). However, I found it was not doing exactly what I thought to was doing, so I decided to purchase 'Mac Backup Guru', which promises to do more. However, when I tried it out it allows me to use it, but there is a little annoying pop-up asking me to purchase it. How can this be if I already paid for it? How can I make the software understand it is already paid for?
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Version 6.7
1 answer(s)
zlazkow
zlazkow
16 March 2019
did you uninstall/delete the free version and restarted your Mac ?
If you did after your comment and now it is working ok, then would be fair to add a new review with the right rating instead of 1 star. I'm using the free version, and it works perfectly and I consider purchasing it.
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jovanmac
12 November 2018
Your website macdaddy.io is not working, so I cannot contact you, except on this web site?! I want to replace my imac Fusion disk with SSD, I have several incremental snapshots... is this ok? Or I should make new synchronized clone backup? If I use SSD that have incremental backups - how can I delete old snapshots? Will I have a problem upgrading OS or using that SSD as system disk? Also, does the BackupGuru create bootsector/partition info, so that destination disk can be used as internal system disk?
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Version 6.6
1 answer(s)
Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
27 December 2018
Sorry that the website was down for a couple of days. It randomly crashed and it was hard getting it back up.
You can select "File->Restore" and select a Snapshot or any other kind of backup it has made to create a bootable installer on your new startup disk.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
19 August 2018
Time Machine does incremental backups. Of course there's no customization available, but that's not a real loss. There are third-party apps that enable you to tweak Time Machine, like Backup Scheduler, if you want to vary backup intervals. And BackupLoupe does much more. As for copying and pasting volumes from the Finder, the Finder is notoriously unreliable for large copies. Nor would I care to tie up the Finder with such a project. SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner are separate apps that don't impact the Finder. I've been using both for years (I recommend SuperDuper to friends because it's easier to use and requires only a minimum of explanation. That said, if this app works for you that's just fine. And it does a lot for the money so it's a decent value.
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Version 6.6
4 answer(s)
Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
20 August 2018
Time Machine does create incremental backups, however it does not create bootable backups.

>As for copying and pasting volumes from the Finder, the Finder is notoriously unreliable for large copies. Nor would I care to tie up the Finder with such a project

Yes, the Finder is unreliable which is where I feel the value proposition of providing reliable copy/paste comes in.

The Finder Extension really doesnt tie up the finder, the resources it uses are negligible and unless invoked is not even active or resident in memory.

With that said the extension is disabled by default, so it will be permanently inactive and you wont even see it unless you go into System Preferences -> Finder Extensions.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
20 August 2018
@ Mac OS X File Recovery (Developer): Are your incremental backups bootable?

You indicate that your app uses a Finder extension to do volume copy and paste operations. If it doesn't tie up the Finder, that is a good thing. What kind of resources does your volume copy and past entail?
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Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
20 August 2018
> Are your incremental backups bootable?
The first backup will be a clone then incremental backups will be made from that. So effectively yes, you get a bootable drive and incremental backups.

>What kind of resources does your volume copy and past entail?
Really, almost nothing. The way that Finder Extensions work is that when you select one it launches the "extension" as a normal app, and when it's finished the app quits, so the only space it takes up is the visual space by being present on the finder, however it doesn't use any CPU/RAM etc while it's idle. It does not run in the background.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
20 August 2018
@ Mac OS X File Recovery (Developer): You specify that the first backup with MBG is a clone and that the incremental backups follow that. But when you restore from a clone, which, if any, of the backups are reflected in the restored volume? When you use CCC or SuperDuper your latest update to the clone is used (I update at least once a week). And you can restore with Time Machine using any date in the past, which is a great way to get around a serious problem that you cannot diagnose or repair, as has happened several times to me.

With MBG you would need to be able to restore using a particular point in time, as with Time Machine, to match my current practice of using Time Machine and CCC. There have been times when I needed both. Even when a clone is messed up too, as sometimes happens, you can get current files that might not be included in the Time Machine restore.

If Mac Backup Guru can use the incremental backups when restoring a volume, thus combining the virtues of Time Machine and CCC/Superduper, then it is indeed a great value. Otherwise it's only half a solution.
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garochristian
29 April 2018
I purchased this app because I was looking for a very user-friendly rsync-based GUI app. At first, it seemed to work as advertised and even more... until I realized that MBG was doing some weird stuff with my mounted volumes; particularly, my local Time Machine snapshots. Basically, MBG was running itself at god-knows-when intervals—though I never found any logs to back this up. After I uninstalled MBG, these bugs stopped happening.
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Version 6.5
1 answer(s)
Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
19 August 2018
If you click the disclosure triangle on the main window you will see that you can set scheduled backups. If you set scheduled backups then Mac Backup Guru will indeed launch at the time you specify. To stop it from doing so you simply have to delete the scheduled backups.
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ben-marko
22 December 2017
Works well, but if you are looking to backup individual files/folders, then this is not the app for you.
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Version 6.5
1 answer(s)
Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
19 August 2018
You can select individual files/folders by clicking on a pre-filled volume icon, and you can select any arbitrary file/folder to backup that you like.
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dhabluetzel
13 November 2017
I used to be a great fan of Backup Guru. Incremental snapshots with hard links - ingenious! Since macOS High Sierra, though, Backup Guru launches two processes "Backup Guru Helper" which drain my Macbook Pro battery within two hours or so! I had to stop them with "launchctl remove io.macdaddy.Backup-Guru-Helper". I contacted the developer twice but got no answer at all.
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Version 6.5
1 answer(s)
Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
19 August 2018
I'm sorry that your emails never arrived.

You are the first to report this issue and if it persists I would love to get any details
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lazk
30 September 2017
I use the free version, Backup Guru LE. It is easy to use, without useless features, does what it says, and does it superbly.
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Version 6.5
ihnspire
05 May 2017
You know when Im going to pay for a software that in its free trial interferes in my file transfer within my own computer? NEVER!
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Version 6.2.2
1 answer(s)
Mac OS X File Recovery
Mac OS X File Recovery
25 September 2017
That was just a Finder Extension. It's sanctioned by Apple and totally safe. Because this makes you and some others uneasy, it is no longer enabled by default.

I have spent years working hard on this software and put a lot of effort into it. I would appreciate it if you would reconsider your review in light of this. Marking it as one star because it has a single feature which makes you feel uncomfortable is not necessarily fair.
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Derekcurrie
27 August 2016
• The current version of Mac Backup Guru is 6.0, dated May 9, 2016. • You may be able to purchase Mac Backup Guru at $19 if added to another order at the developer's website.
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Version 5.1
$29.00

3.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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