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A Silverstone Level 1 (5 points)



I have the Backup 3 application on my iMac, running Mountain Lion.


I am also using time machine.


I was in the Apple Store today (not with my iMac).  I couldn't find the application on any of their machines.  Their techncians were not familiar with the program.


Is Backup still relevant to use?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iPhoto '11
  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)

    Backup is pretty much dead.  It's not really relevant if you're using Time Machine.


    It used to be nice because Backup could easily make offsite backups to MobileMe.  That's obviously no longer an option.  YOu could use it to make backup DVDs or something, if you're neighbors with Fred Flinstone or Barney Rubble :-)

  • RodneyW Level 4 (3,030 points)

    No.  It was designed in the days of ".Mac" and assumes the availability of an iDisk, or the desire to back up to CDs or DVDs.


    Time Machine is much better.  I use Time Machine for my incremental backups and Carbon Copy Cloner for snapshot bootable images.

  • RodneyW Level 4 (3,030 points)

    Sorry William - we cross-posted!

  • A Silverstone Level 1 (5 points)

    Even my 4 year old snubs her nose at DVDs!



  • Mike Osborn Level 4 (1,205 points)

    The Backup application died several years ago...pretty much back when Time Machine was introduced, if I recall.


    I would delete it if I were's really irrelevant.

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)

    No worries.  I beat you by < 60 seconds and got 5 more points than you did, for the effort.



  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 (8,615 points)

    I wouldn't use it to make any future backups. But if you have any old backups that were made using it, you should probably keep the application around if you might ever want to access those old backups.

  • Gibbyice Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm still using backup 3, I have it set to backup personal  data and settings to my dropbox folder which then syncs with dropbox, Please correct me if I am doing something wrong here.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,717 points)

    I would not recommend doing that anymore. Backup uses a special backup format that only it can read. At some point in the future (how far in the future is impossible to guess), Backup will stop working due to some system update. At that point, your backups will be trash that you can't do anything with. Better to adjust your backups now than continue using something like this.

  • Gibbyice Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks fro the prompt reply Thomas,


    I understand what you are saying, I do use time machine also, however I am thinking about switching in the near future, due to the way it backs up files into bundles, looking for something that might be easier to access on both mac and pc.

  • momisd Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been using Backup for years (currently 3.2) and hadn't really noticed that it was no longer supported until I had a problem. Thank to this thread I realize I need to switch to Time Machine.


    Here is my problem. So, in order to start my new Time Machine regimen, I need to free up space on my external HD. Years of incremental backups have now left it too full for further backups of my Home folder, much less a new "full backup" by Time Macine. There's a Support document that says you can chose to "recycle" old backups in 3.2, but I'll be darned if I can find any place in Backup to specify that.  Which Backups can I safely toss: just the old "incrementals"?

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,040 points)

    Just go buy a new external HD and dedicate it to Time Machine.  You can get a 2 TB drive for like $100 these days.

  • momisd Level 1 (0 points)

    Not exactly the help I was looking for but sometimes the path of least resistance is not a bad idea. Thanks for the nudge. I will wait a bit to see if someone can give me some good Backup-clearing advice. If not, I'll take yours (advice, that is).

  • Gibbyice Level 1 (0 points)



    I would delete the oldest back ups first, but it depends on the size of the drive and the size of your hard disk.

    look for full backups in there too delete the oldest if there is more than 1, however I would probably just format the drive, wiping it clean and do a fullbackup leaving the machine on overnight with sleep turned off in system preferences if it were me. Then in the morning everything you need is there!


    If you want to hold onto some older files you no longer have but that has been backed up in the past, youll need to use time machine to locate those files, restore them and then do a full backup.


    Kind Regards



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