Backup (software)

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MobileMe Backup
Backup screenshot
MobileMe Backup Screenshot
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Stable release
3.2 / April 13, 2010
Operating systemMac OS X
TypeBackup software
WebsiteMobileMe Backup v.3.2

Backup was a backup utility made by Apple for Mac OS X. It was available through Apple's MobileMe (formerly .Mac) collection of Internet services. Backup can be used in connection with either a user's online MobileMe iDisk or the Macintosh's CD-RW or DVD-R drive to make safe, archival copies of critical files and folders. With the release of iCloud, Backup is no longer available, and, with the release of macOS Sierra, it no longer works.


Backup 2[edit]

The initial versions of Backup were regarded as feature-sparse and frequently unstable. However, on November 5, 2003 Apple released Backup 2.0, which added new features and offered greater reliability than its predecessors.

While Backup 2 allowed for the creation of archive copies of important data, overall it only had a basic feature set for backup software.

Backup 3[edit]

Apple introduced Backup 3 at the Paris Expo on September 20, 2005 along with other upgrades to .Mac. This version offered more backup settings, such as the ability to back up mail databases.

Time Machine[edit]

At the 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced the development of Time Machine, a new backup application which is included in Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard".

Time Machine is a complete backup solution, thus it has the ability to completely replace Backup as a general backup solution for most Mac users.


When MobileMe was released on July 11, 2008, .Mac was discontinued. Backup continued to be available to MobileMe users. The software was re-branded MobileMe Backup with the version 3.2 release.

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