A simple backup tool for the rest of us

No .Mac account required

While this software is no substitute for commercial backup applications, it does have the advantages that it is very simple (unlike Retrospect), runs on MacOS 9 and OSX (unlike iMsafe), does not require a .Mac account (unlike Apple Backup) and is here now* (unlike the upcoming Leopard's Time Machine).

On the down side, it does not support scheduling, cannot initiate network volume connections, and restores must be done manually. However as an alternative to having NO backups, or for simple home setups, it fits the bill perfectly! Finally, like all HMS Software, it is FREE!!

How to use:

 1. Drop your source folder on the Source tile
 2. Drop your backup folder, network volume or hard drive onto the Backup tile
 3. Click Add
 4. Click Run

That's it! You can add multiple backups, and choose which to run by selecting in the list (using the SHIFT and COMMAND key modifiers)

Only files which have changed are backed up, so the first time you backup may be slow, subsequent backups should be much faster!

What's new in 1.1.3

FIxed problem with crash on PowerPC's

What's new in 1.1.2

Universal release - runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs (as well as MacOS 9 of course!)

Ability to delete obsolete files

New synch mode

Speed improvements, especially for external FireWire and USB drives

(Please note Australian Mirror takes 24h to update)
BasicBackup 1.1.3 (Universal) Mac OSX (PowerPC and Intel)


Australian Mirror
BasicBackup 1.1.3 (Classic) MacOS 9


Australian Mirror

Known Issues

Tile status indicators don't update properly (red crosses and green ticks)


Like all HMS Software BasicBackup is DonateWare. Let me know if you use it, including suggestions for improvements, bug reports and problems, and if you find it useful, please consider a small donation.


Thanks to main tester Biglad, and for all those who send in comments and bug reports.

* Well, of course it has been available since 2002!

Copyright (c) 2004-2006 HillmanMinx Software