Mac Backup Guru 4.0: Improved Finder Copy & Paste, Incremental Snapshots

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[] Breckenridge, Colorado - MacDaddy is pleased to announce Mac Backup Guru 4.0 for OS X, an update to its innovative utility that has three main features: 1) It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder and 2) It's the only third party disk utility that provides Incremental Snapshots in OS X. And 3) It provides straightforward clone/sync functionality, with security that the sync is reliable.

Mac Backup Guru is the first third party disk utility that produces incremental backups of a filesystem. Incremental Snapshots use only a small fraction of the disk space to store daily versioned backups which can be accessed via the Finder and appear to be standard copies. This is done by employing hardlinks to the original files for unaltered files. Mac Backup Guru also offers the more traditional clone and sync functionality, with built in Contextual Menu Items in the Finder to make it easier access its capabilities and streamline the user interface.

Feature Highlights:
* Simple, reliable utility to create copies of files
* The only third party disk utility which can create Incremental Snapshots
* Incremental Snapshots use about one tenth of the space of a standard backup
* Incremental Snapshots are about ten times faster to make than standard copies
* Can Copy & Paste a bootable drive in the Finder
* Simple animated user interface

Update Highlights:
* Copy and Paste contextual menu items implemented in the Finder
* All backup operations are resumable
* Copy & Paste Contextual Item in Finder (OS X 10.10 Yosemite only)

Mac Backup Guru Incremental Snapshots work differently from traditional disk backups. These initially makes a full clone, and for subsequent backups only copy files that have been added or changed since the original backup. All other files create a hardlink to the original file in the last backup that was made. Users can rest assured that future filesystem backups will not alter or completely wipe out previous backups, and that if they delete a file in their startup disk that the next sync that runs will not delete that same file on their backup drive. By employing this technique a typical user can store 30 unique daily snapshots of their 1TB disk on their 1.5TB external backup disk.

For the Synchronization functionality Mac Backup Guru ensures that the synced backup maintains a level of data integrity equal to that following the initial clone. This reliability is borne of the simple logic inherent in the process. In order to achieve reliable sync, 3 basic rules are followed:

1. If the size of the file on the Source is different from that on the Destination, the file has changed.
2. If the modification time on the Source is different from than on the Destination, the file has changed.
3. If the file has changed, replace the one on the Destination with the file from the Source.

Even under the harshest conditions, this method produces perfectly synced Destination disks, which will always boot up and perform like the original. And the user interface is also simplified. The large empty icon window on the left is labeled Select Source, followed by a right-pointing arrow and another icon window labeled Select Destination. Having selected the Source and Destination, the user just clicks the Backup button and the rest is automatic.

A. Newer files from the Source will replace older files on the Destination. This is how synchronization is provided.
B. The first time you backup it will be slow, but after that only updated files will be copied so that it will usually only take a few minutes to backup an entire drive.
C. If you select volumes in HFS format rather than folders to backup to and from, the backup will be bootable.

"The truth is, we originally wrote this program because we needed something just like it, but nothing out there was suitable," commented Ben Slaney of MacDaddy. "Now we are offering it to you and we're excited to share a faster and more intuitive Mac Backup Guru that gives you more control, and is integrated with the OS X Finder. You can download it free, and it's fully functional. Please try it, use it regularly, and we hope that you love it as much as we do."

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.7 or later
* 64 bit processor
* 5.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Mac Backup Guru 4.0 is $39.00 (USD) and is available directly from the publisher's website. Review copies are available on request.

MacDaddy is dedicated to making really powerful low level software which is ridiculously easy to use. Creating things along the lines of data recovery technology and backup software and integrating those things into OS X have been some pivotal moments for the company. MacDaddy has also created a subsidary dedicated purely to data recovery at Copyright (C) 2015 MacDaddy. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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