Incremental Folder Backup
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Function: Mounts a disk image and copies a specified folder onto it. The backup is enclosed within a folder labelled with the date and time. Useful for taking a ‘snap shot’ of a folder whilst working on a project.
(This set-up procedure is a bit involved but only has to be performed once)
- Create a disk image using Disk Utility.
- Create of new folder on the mounted disk image and call it ‘backup’ without the quotes.
- Open the workflow in Automator.
- Add the disk image file (not the mounted disk image) to Step 1 of the workflow.
- In Step 4 of the workflow, click the ‘Where’ pop-up menu and select ‘Other…’. Select the newly created mounted disk image.
- In Step 6 of the workflow, click the ‘To:’ pop-up menu and select ‘Other…’. Select the folder named ‘backup’ on the mounted disk image.
- In Step 5 of the workflow, add the folder you wish to back up.
- In Step 7 of the workflow, add the folder on the disk image named ‘backup’.
- Save and close the workflow.
- Delete the ‘backup’ folder on the mounted disk image.
That’s it. Now, whenever you wish to back up the specified folder just double click the workflow icon.
Note: This is obviously not a substitute for a true external backup. I use it for ensuring I don’t throw away or overwrite critical files when working on a project, especially if there are multiple revisions or many files to keep track of. Steps 10 and 11 of the workflow can be deleted if they grate on your nerves [if you have Growl, the Growl Notification action works well here -ed.].