Retrospect
Retrospect
16.5.0

2.5

Retrospect free download for Mac

Retrospect

16.5.0
02 October 2019

Backup and recovery software.

Overview

Retrospect is the most trusted name in Mac backup and recovery, with more than two decades of field-tested expertise - protecting Macs and Windows PCs and servers worldwide from data loss due to user error, computer failure or site-wide disasters such as fire, theft or flood.

Features
  • Protect servers, business-critical applications, desktops and notebooks with a single, easy to use product.
  • Manage multiple backup servers remotely from a single screen, easing management for larger installations.
  • New! Back up to and restore from offsite cloud storage. Use powerful filtering rules to allow complete local backups, while ensuring only critical data gets copied to the cloud.
  • Back up Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and NetWare computers with a Mac host computer.
  • Ensure the security of your data with the highest level of government standard 128- or 256-bit AES encryption and new enhanced link encryption technology.
  • Monitor backups on-the-fly with free iPhone app and new Growl notifications.

The published price is that of a license for the base version of the Desktop product. Additional pricing information can be found here.

What's new in Retrospect

Version 16.5.0:
Fixed:
  • Storage Groups: Fixed issue where UI did not display correct information after a cloud storage group rebuild (#8215)
  • Script: Fixed issue where customer could not add backup to Copy Backup script (#8105)
  • Cloud Backup: Enable retry mechanism when getting network error during upload to Backblaze B2 (#8130)
  • Email Backup: Fixed issue for restoring more email than expected after a previous restore (#8176)
  • Full list of changes available here

107 Retrospect Reviews

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Steve-Howe
11 August 2009

Most helpful

Too little too late. Having come from a Retrospect background in the past, I always try to be agnostic in the backup tools I use, well you have to be. No single product can do every job, so, a wide knowledge of tools to do the many different jobs that various clients may require is fairly essential. From offsite duplication, archival, synchronization, de-duplication, DLM/ILM systems, Disk to Disk to Disk or Disk to Disk to Tape, Virtual Tape Libraries and devices, SAN's and NAS systems, backup and recovery, backup plans, redundancy or resilience even Legal and Data Compliant systems including Sarbanes and international data transmission compliancy. The requirement list is endless but I have yet to find one product that can do everything for everyone and do it ALL exceptionally well. For me Retrospect originally sat in the home to SMB market, for those people that might have a tape drive or library, it never really got any further. BUT that doesn't mean it can't do it! up until now I have seen it backing up clients, servers, RAIDs in all sorts of manners and do it well, the Mac community took this product far beyond its original vision but it handled the punishment well, the problem is other products came along and offered more or the same and were much more simple to backup, why send an engineer out for half a day 'tweeking' retrospect to do AB & Z when you can deploy a solution in fraction of the time with a product designed to meet the modern needs of a backup solution. So Retrospect came, and never really went, it lingered, in my opinion it was that guest at the party that didn't know when to leave, the guy that talks about a load of crap and consumes the free food and drink but doesn't really have anything to offer in return. Retrospect became dormant, many mac support companies were stuck with it, but didn't know of any other option, they had either invested so much time in getting to know the product that anything else was too much of an investment or risk, or they didn't believe any other product was available for the Mac that really delivered on what it offered. The updates slowed, and devices stopped working. More and more alternatives came along, PresStore, Atempo, NetVault (Bakbone) and many other contenders, none of which seemed to take advantage of the situation, yet many offer competitive cross grades! I bet you may not have known that. They all offer different solutions and alternative features, but most can easily replace Retrospect if you let them, yes you have to let them into your company first before they can help. So along comes Retrospect 8 and what do we have? To be honest an application which has some nice ideas but fails in so many ways, that it didn't come as a surprise. It's fundamentally an unstable product that manages to over complicate things. Remember backup should be simple, know your Data, know its Information and back it up! It can be enough to write a backup strategy for a client If your looking at a Retrospect 8 box right now or you have installed it, then good luck, I am sure EMC will eventually release enough patches to make it at least stable enough for prolonged use. But at the moment having seen it consistently crash on both clean (new) and existing machines. No warning, no reporting option and even on occasions no log entries on the system to tell you it crashed! I have seen it crash and wipe out its plans, forget it's sources and even completely screw existing plans up. Crashing during backup and corrupting a catalogue, even not crashing and deciding to recycle a backup when I didn't ask it too! If it was stable then we get onto the over complicated areas of the product, you specify both destinations and sources in the sources section! why I have no idea, file paths are not clear so if you have 2 folders with similar or the same names (backup/backups/backup etc) you will need to double check them as Retrospect has enough quirks to make you question your own sanity. Then we have the excellent way that you start creating a script but then you close it to define it further, with the very dangerous fact that you can modify scripts in a list without actually opening them!! If you were one of the early ones to move away from Retrospect being your only product of choice then you will be pleased to hear that you, like me made a wise decision. If you were contemplating it, but never did or where clinging onto the slim hope that EMC may actually take their product and market serious enough to warrant releasing a product worthwhile, then carry on with your hope or look at alternatives because you will be waiting for quite some time.
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Version 8.1.150
Mikeymike
26 July 2019
This has become overpriced crapware. I bought it several months back, carefully considering whether Retrospect was worthy of consideration after they had dropped support for the Mac years back. I used to use it to back up to optical media and a tape drive before (then Dantz) decided to change their catalog format to a backwards-incompatible format, drop optical media support and then dropped Mac support entirely.

Since I've bought it, primarily to back up drives to B2 storage, this app has been nothing but trouble. It loses its settings on quit, doesn't recognize that it has been given full disk access, doesn't start the Engine on startup even though it is checked to do so in Retrospect's System Preferences panel or adding it directly to login items. Directly trying to launch the Engine results in an instant crash. Trying to start Retrospect proper yields a message "connecting to 127.0.0.1" that is an endless loop of nothing happening.

I have spent hours via email and phone support on this piece of garbage. I'm giving the phone support people one more chance tomorrow, then I'm going to ask them to revoke my license and refund my money. Even their support materials show screen shots that are versions and versions of macOS old and their support material is not up to date, especially regarding cloud backups. I've spent 98% of my time with this app troubleshooting instead of backing up. EPIC fail!

I was using ChronoSync to B2, but upload speeds were horrible using that app. I may have to revert to that despite its slowness.

CAVEAT EMPTOR!
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Version 16.1.2
Eric•Woehler
31 March 2019
Once upon a time.... this was my goto backup protocol. Fast copy to external HD, high degree of file/folder selection/synch/backups etc etc then prog started playing up, dev was less than responsive and prices for single users became silly, so it was bye bye Retrospect. A once-great product that has withered and has been replaced by plenty of better/cheaper/faster apps. Pass on Retrospect and look around for alternatives - plenty of said cheaper/better/faster out there!
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Version 16.0.1
Hal-Itosis
22 October 2018
For $136, one could purchase ChronoSync •and• Carbon Copy Cloner •and• SuperDuper... plus still have enough cash left over for a burger. -HI-
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Version 15.6.0.125
Hermie
05 September 2017
Uploading to Backblaze B2 is still terrible in 14.5. Speed 1.4 MB/sec on a 500 Mbps line. Both Retrospect and Backblaze Support don't seem to care as I reported these issues to them ages ago and of course nothing has been done about it.
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Version 14.5.0.146
Retrospect has now been working again for some time.

Old time Mac users, will remember Retrospect as the go-to Mac backup program. However, Retrospect fell on hard times as a sequence of new owners seemed more interested in milking revenue from the customer base, than investing in a quality product. There was a period of literally years, where it was junk.

However, now that it has been spun off and is no longer part of some big company, it now is working again, and each new release seems to bring improvements. Hopefully, they will reform their pricing model, which still charges a very hefty premium for backing up any Mac running Apple’s $19.99 server app. Still, it is now, again, a program that you should consider.

I am looking forward to seeing what this new version brings.
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Version 13.0.0.230
peterpamn
22 August 2015
Retrospect is really a good backup product. Here is the coupon: http://couponcode0.com/category/vendors/retrospectinc
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Version 12.0.2.116
Hermie
28 March 2014
Works as advertised for *moi*. Minus one star for not sticking with the Instant Scan Off settings (done in the Retrospect Pref Pane nowadays) after updates. Nota Bene: I know there have been problems with the Instant Scan feature, but I have it switched off anyway because it doesn't fit with my work flow.
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Version 11.0.1.110
jol9904
05 March 2014
as a user until version 8, I strongly recommend to avoid using retrospect above version 8. For those looking for an alternative, I chose bacula.org : - designed for tape backup but usable with files/disks - client available for linux/macos/windows (macport client available) - server available for linux/macos , reported to work on windows - free and open-source - very customizable but hard to configure - once properly configured, forget it and use the web ui for restorations / unscheduled backups - fast incrementals, reasonable fulls, fast restores (using disks) - commercial version available with some plugins like incremental vmware/outlook/database backups etc. (i don't use it)
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Version 11.0.0.194
2 answer(s)
Hermie
Hermie
28 March 2014
If you haven't used Retrospect above version 8 then why are you giving it a half a star rating? The setup of the app has completely changed since then.
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jol9904
jol9904
28 March 2014
hermie : i didn't say i didn't try Retrospect above version 8. I stopped using it after several trial periods of different versions above 9
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signalprocessor
07 January 2014
After Time Machine's been acting up since 10.9, I thought it would be a good idea to check out Retrospect again. Retrospect used to be a trusted, well-rounded backup solution for power users. It has a lot of great features Time Machine lacks, including advertised support for de-duplication, support for Linux and Windows clients, data verification, and powerful scheduling features. After four days with it, here's what I can say about it: - Holy hell - The client's "instant scan" feature takes 50% CPU, constantly, for four days continuously, and had to be disabled via the command line - The client chewed up almost 1GB of memory - Clients that weren't added to a backup set reported they were backed up successfully even if they never were- not even a byte - De-duplication doesn't work at all. I had two clients with 200GB of the same iPhoto folder. Both clients using the same Media Set, the images were copied twice. (Actually, the resulting backup was about 1.5x the size of both clients) - Even though many clients were on the same network segment, Retrospect could only locate some of them. The rest had to be added manually - Just the scan before a backup starts took over 2 hours per client- this is before any data is even copied! - It's expensive. Good software is worth the money- especially for something critical like backup. Unfortunately, it's not remotely worth it. I hate leaving negative reviews, but Retrospect stinks of abandon-ware, likely on life support until it can be sold to yet another company or put to bed for good.
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Version 10.5.0.145
3 answer(s)
bowlerboy-jmb
bowlerboy-jmb
03 February 2014
As a previous user of Retrospect when it was the only game in town, I appreciate your assessment. Every now and then, I, too, get the urge to wonder if the latest version is an improvement over the languished versions that came out in recent years, or just an old dog with fleas. I think you nailed it: give it a bone and let it rest in peace.
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4KarmicJustice
4KarmicJustice
04 March 2014
What Bowlerboy_jmb said. :) Thanks for the effort and the report. Saved me a lot of time.
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bowlerboy-jmb
bowlerboy-jmb
05 March 2014
I find the "Known Issues" section of Version 11.0.0.194 not only alarmingly honest (which should be respected) but also frightening dismaying. Perhaps the most succinct that can be said about Retrospect might be: Engine unreliable and we can't fix it. Console finicky and unresponsive to medication. Workaround: Use something else to backup your data.
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Jweisbin
13 July 2013
I need tape backup and that's the only reason I use Retrospect. This program has tortured me for years. A backup program that's been plagued with serious bugs from day one. It's shameful. Current version 10.2: email notifications still broken randomly loses ability to connect to clients media sets say they are "in use" when they are not RetroISA uses more than 100% if CPU and has to be disabled via command line on clients (no other way) randomly, some folders get backed up multiple times with no de-duplication, which runs quickly through tapes
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Version 10.2.0.201
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Thresher-the-Shark
Thresher-the-Shark
20 September 2013
For an alternative Mac backup solution with tape support you may want to look at TOLIS Group's BRU Server if you haven't already.
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$130.00

2.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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