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One of the most important things that any computer user must do is backup, backup, backup, their hard drive and any important files. The staff of My Mac has reiterated that statement time after time.
That’s why when the situation presented itself to try out Tri-Edre’s Tri-BACKUP software, I jumped at the chance. Yes, I already back up my hard drive using two other programs that afford me two different ways of doing this but I’m always interested in seeing what else is out there for Mac users.
Installation is simple once you’ve gotten the downloaded version of Tri-BACKUP. Double-click the icon to run Tri-BACKUP. The first time you launch it, you’ll be prompted to enter your serial number (which is sent by email) and you’re ready to go.
Tri-BACKUP offers the user several ways of backing up their drives or selected items. Immediate Actions are designed to run a backup or a synchronization very quickly and easily with a just a few settings. User actions can be backing up a folder or a disk, restoring a file, a folder or an entire volume, synchronizing a folder/disk or compressing/uncompressing a folder’s content. Programmed Actions can be set for repetitious actions or actions that you want done automatically. The settings of these actions are saved and can be automatically and regularly scheduled and run without any intervention of the user. Programmed actions can be backup of folders and disks (with three different modes available: mirror, evolutive and incremental), synchronization of two folders or disks, compression, uncompression and protection of a folder’s content.
Mirror Backups creates an exact copy of a folder or the entire contents of any volume/disk that you choose. Evolutive Mirror Backups creates an exact copy of a folder or entire content of any volume that you choose. During each backup, the copy is updated to remain identical to the source folder. INCREMENTAL BACKUP: this mode allows you to keep a copy of every version of a document. During each backup, Tri-BACKUP copies only the files that have been modified since the last backup, creating a new folder for each backup (previous backups are not overwritten).
Tri-BACKUP also has the capability of the Backup Browser. This function offers a quick, easy way to explore the contents of mounted volumes, and to see the files and the related programmed actions. This window displays on the left side the content of the mounted volumes. The user can browse through the folders and subfolders with icons in front of each file showing their status depending on the selected action. The list on the right displays the programmed actions the user created. Marks relate to the selected file and the selection of an action displays which files are supposed to (or not) be copied while this action is running.
When you open up the Tri-BACKUP app, you’re presented with a window with 4 Immediate Actions: Backup, Restore, Synchronize or Compression. Below that are the listings of Programmed Actions that the user sets up for the application to run. The package also includes a PDF version of the manual, so if you just take the time to read through it, you shouldn’t have any problems determining what you what to do. Visit Tri-Edre’s web site and check it out.
I’ve been giving Tri-BACKUP a workout since I got it, trying out immediate actions and setting up programmed actions. Then I finally put it to the acid test. I had purchased a 20 gig Maxtor hard drive to replace my existing 8 gig hard drive in my 6400/180 (with a G3 card installed and running OS 9.1) here and wanted to see how Tri-BACKUP would work out. I used it to back up my entire drive to another internal drive, installed the new drive, formatted it and then used Tri-BACKUP to restore the entire drive. I had no problems at all, just blessed the system folder when I went to restart and it’s worked fine, no problems. I continue to use it to do a third backup of all my data.
System Requirements: Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x, with the latest copy of CarbonLib installed in the System folder. Tri-BACKUP runs natively on OS X and, as of the time of this review, is the first backup product for OS X. It can create and restore a bootable Mac OS X volume (this needs to login as “root” or user with full permission).
MacMice Rating: 4 out of 5