Backup Buddy

Developer: Nikos Mouzakitis

Current Version: 1.0.3

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 3.3 MB - Download


Backup Buddy is a small backup application focused on simplicity and ease of use. It bridges the gap between Apple's Time Machine and complex full-featured backup solutions which have dozens of settings.

Just like Time Machine, Backup Buddy will create a chronological archive of your data, each time updating only the changes. But unlike Time Machine, in Backup Buddy you can control exactly what will be backed up as well as when and where the backup will occur. Also you can add multiple backups, each with a different destination.

You can also choose to automatically place your backup data inside a disk image file, which can be very useful in situations where you want to store your data on a network volume that is not Mac-formatted (an SMB server for example).

Some of the key features of Backup Buddy are:

Designed to be simple. No complicated settings; we make all the hard decisions for you.

Gives you full control over the really important stuff: choosing what you want to backup, where you want to save your backup, and when you want the backup to occur.

Creates chronological backups by using hard links to save disk space, just like Apple's Time Machine.

Can save your data inside a disk image, making it easier to safely store your data on non-Mac network volumes.

* Please note that Backup Buddy conforms to Apple's sandboxing guidelines. Therefore, it cannot backup system files, only your personal data.


Release Notes:

Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by DCJackass

External Hard Drive Back Up - Time Machine is perfect to backup all my iMac hard drives; however, my main system has TBs of music and movie stored in external hard drives. I have been unable to automatically back up one external hard drive to another, and I was sick of rewriting my backup hard drive every week so I could do another drag and drop backup from my primary hard drive. Backup Buddy solves this problem by allowing me to automatically back up from my primary external hard drives to my secondary external hard drives. Between Time Machinea and Backup Buddy, my data appears to be protected from a catastrophic drive failure.

Found helpful by 11 out of 11 people
Version 1.0.3
Review by Ksensenig

DOES NOT WORK WITH THE LATEST MAC OS! - The program will run for a few hours, then give an error and freeze your operating system. Worse that a terrible program, will not only NOT backup your data, but will freeze your computer.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.0.3
Review by Hammytoad

works great! - so i’m running latest mac hw, latest mac os and this works fine and dandy. no issues at present. in reference to my favorite bug tracking software worksforme|wontfix as for stars, i never give 5, there’s always room for improvement *always* with that said, software & backup works as advertised

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.0.3
Review by Dantrino

Works, but stays open and prevents ejection - It works great and quite fast I have to say. Better than the others I’ve used in that respect. But the real aggrevation and perhaps a show stopper for some will be the fact that you can’t eject your drive unless you close backup buddy which kind of kills the point of using such a program. Also, it won’t just run in the background, it has to stay on the task bar or whatever we call it these days. So only a three from me. Should be a two for those two bone headed things, but it functions well enough.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.0.3
Review by Frankly-Speaking

Simple sync program - This app is a simple sync program that can be set to sync at chosen intervals. It is advertised as a backup program similar to Time Machine only with selective settings. A true time machine-like backup would compress the files it backs up to conserve space. This program does not do any sort of compression. It is simply a copy/sync program that you could easily script yourself. I would not recommend the app because it does not compress the files to make a true backup.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 1.0.3
Review by duffster725

worked for a while but very limited - Not sure they even support this app anymore, it hasn’t been updated in years, and the documentation is extremely limited. I get all kinds of errors , and you should be able to google the error, go to the site, troubleshoot, etc. - no luck. I ended up losing backups because of it, defeating the entire purpose of this app. Terrible.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.0.3
Review by No Fears Here

This Program Will Save You - If you are depending on Time Mahcine to keep reliable backups, then you are going to be in for a big surprise when you have to restore files.... I have been an Applie I-Mac user for 15+ years - Time Mahine has failed more times than I care to remember, and so my many backup routines... After the latest time Machine mishap, I decided to get real about backing up necessary files - - And Backup Buddy does it effectively.... I back up my Filemaker Files that I use to run my entire business to the I-Cloud - Every Hour it saves a New Copy that I can rely on - very please with this program!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people