Mac Backup Guru

6.5 24 Sep 2017

Backup focused on simplicity and reliability.


Developer website: Mac OS X File Recovery

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

Version 6.5:
  • macOS 10.13 support & APFS support.
  • Snapshots work on APFS.
  • If you restore a snapshot from an external APFS drive to an HFS+ drive the drive will be bootable.
  • Only unimplemented feature is the creation of a bootable APFS volume. If you back up to an APFS formatted drive that drive will not be bootable.
  • The Finder Extension is no longer enabled by default on the first startup. Some users disliked it so now it has to be manually enabled in System Preferences -> Extensions.
  • The last update had a bug in it whereby the first backup for an Incremental Snapshot and the second backup would both be full backups. Incremental Snapshots would only start to get used from the 3rd backup onwards, not from the 2nd backup onwards like they should have. This is now fixed.
  • The last version developed a bug with macOS updates whereby sometimes mounting a disk would not auto-launch the app to run a scheduled backup if it were overdue. This attempts to fix that.
  • Stops excessive notifications from appearing. This is also a bug that macOS updates introduced by changing the OS behavior.


  • OS X 10.9 or later


Current Version (6.x)


Version Downloads
Utilities / Backup
24 Sep 2017
Intel 64 / OS X