How to Backup Files on Your PowerBook

The first thing we have to discuss within this article is what is a PowerBook? (However, since you stumbled upon this article you probably already know this) Mainly, the PowerBook is Apple’s replacement for the typical desktop computer. Frankly, I find that a laptop in my office is more useful than a full sized computer because it takes less space and if it is truly important, I can carry it out at any time and finish my work.

However, even if the PowerBook is a replacement for old desktop computers, it does not mean that it comes in a bulky shapes and it weights somewhere around 10kgs – actually, it neither thick or heavy, it is one of the thinnest mainstream notebooks and quite light giving the size of the screen.

A small entry on PowerBook G4 configuration: 15.2 widescreen, 1.67GHz G4 CPU, 512MB RAM and a video card that differs sometimes (based on configuration options). I will not say more about the PowerBook, just that it is a reliable choice at all times and it is ready to make any user happy with its configuration.

Now, let us assume you have your PowerBook for quite a while now, so what about your data and backup files – occasionally backup is imperative if you want to stay clear from small catastrophes. The thing is, with Windows, we know we have a wide variety of choices – Symantec has some rather interesting backup software and so does Acronis.

Moreover, these are just two major companies. However, if we have a Mac, what backup software are we supposed to consider? Below, I have listed a number of applications that do a good job at backing up your files. Remember however that you can backup files manually using a series of commands.

Backup files on Your PowerBook – Software List

AASync 2.1.5

Designed for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, this application was designed for file backup and folder synchronization. The advantages of this application consist in the fact that you can perform both local backup and remote backup using a FTP connection.

AASync also has a sync engine that will detect any changes that might have occurred within your files, and will copy only those that have been changed lately for a greater efficiency level. The cost is somewhere around $29 (quite cheap giving its performance) and it consumes a medium amount of resources.


Apple Backup 3.1.2

This is probably the number one options for all Mac users, mostly because it allows you to backup your files for free, not to mention that it uses the typical Apple technology standard – simple, easy and effective. You can choose from one of the numerous back-up plans available, or you can configure your own plans, so in the future all you will have to do is pick the files and use the preset.

Backup will do what it has to do on a regular schedule, eliminating the need to always check for your last backup. Apple backup also checks for file integrity along with file duplicates (in other words, it will not backup files that have already been backed up in the past but only if they have been modified). You can benefit from this app by owning a .Mac Membership ($100 per year, and full access to all mac community apps).


Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1.3

The key to preserving the files on your Powerbook is to keep backup as often as possible (and as often as needed, obviously). Whenever this task is left to a human mind, it usually gets postponed, forgotten about and so on. In case of a catastrophe you will think how easy it all would have been if you would have just backed up in the first place.

Carbon Copy Cloner understands your problem (actually, its programmers did) and you can schedule your backups monthly, weekly or even daily if you perform very important tasks. The new Carbon Copy Cloner comes with a more interesting appearance which helps make the procedure easier and faster. Compare to other backup and cloning software, Carbon Copy Cloner comes with the drive to drive backup utility meaning that you can clone your hard drive onto another with just a few clicks.