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Archigos

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I know this site is Windows-based, but I've noticed some users reference Macs in the past so I hope someone uses them and may be able to help with a recommendation. I was going to put this in Backup and Restore but since it's not Windows, thought this would be better.

My iMac has no issues with network drives, but for some reason, it has trouble keeping a connection to the NAS's TimeMachine partition so it rarely backs up the computer. When I try to run it manually it ALWAYS claims the backup file is in use and can't add to the backup properly. A little over a year ago I got a deal on Acronis Backup and had been using that for a weekly backup and everything was well. My one year ran out and now they want $90 to renew for a year and I deem that too much for it (it's cloud-based and will not store the backup on the NAS).

So the question is: What would you recommend as a Mac alternative to Macrium Reflect or even AOMEI... I don't mind paying a one-time fee to buy the software but refuse to pay an annual fee and ideally want it to save to my current NAS.


(If this post shouldn't be here, feel free to delete it and I apologize in advance)
 

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I personally cannot vouch for it since I've never owned a Mac, but the name Chronosync pops up a lot. You might look into it to see if it fits your needs. Download ChronoSync for Mac | MacUpdate
 

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ChronoSync is one of them that popped up in my search too, but looking into it more seems like it might be a good fit unless others have more suggestions.
 

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I wish I could remember the forum I got Mac help at. Apple's own site can be helpful OR it can pretend you're the problem when you're not. Did you try Apple Discussions yet?

Also, I'm have a vague recollection of the fix. Which is essentially starting all over again with Time Machine. But don't follow that advice because it was too long ago.
 

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I've tried Apple Discussions and as you said, sadly a lot of the time, they make it out where the topic creator is the problem, not the software/hardware. I've gone through and redid everything with TimeMachine multiple times and I'd say out of like 15-20 retries, I might have gotten like 4 or 5 'good' backups without error, so I'm done with TM.

I'm going to wait until next month and buy ChronoSync and use that...
 

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I've tried Apple Discussions and as you said, sadly a lot of the time, they make it out where the topic creator is the problem

When I realized that was the case, I quit my user profile and started a new one. My handle became a cool double reference. Both to Apple pretending something isn't a known issue and to John Lennon. I was NotTheOnly1...
 

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I use a Mac daily, and the two programs I would recommend are Carbon Copy Cloner by Bombich Software or SuperDuper! by shirt pocket software. Carbon Copy Cloner is a bit more complex and has more features, and SuperDuper is simpler and a little bit less expensive. Both are very reliable.

The structure of modern macOS file systems is such that you have to re-create a bootable back up from scratch and cannot just add to it. Both software will let you know about that.

I would not use Time Machine over a network because that makes a sparse backup file and not a true bootable copy. I would use Time Machine with a local hard drive only. Time Machine is meant to be plugged in all the time so that it can take hourly daily weekly and monthly back ups. If done that way it's very reliable.

I had one customer who had one plugged in since 2007. When her power supply died, all I had to do was plug her time machine hard disk into a newer Mac that I had. I restored the back up and she lost nothing. That means all of her applications, system and user settings and structure of her files was exactly the same on the new Mac. No software installations at all were required.
 

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I've never experienced issues with Time Machine, but I always run it on a USB attached HDD or currently an external SSD.
 

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