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Here's my situation. I'm always feeling uncomfortable with backups which are bound to one specific OS. A Mac OS X Time Machine backup, for example, is not very helpful when you can't afford a new Mac after your old one broke down.

So, what I'm looking for is a simple cross-platform backup software which can be used on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It's important to me that I can always plug my external HDD into any machine and access every file and folder on it instantly.

Favored features would be:

  • scheduled backups
  • incremental backups
  • easy to use (at least easier than Clonezilla)

Thanks, Simon

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closed as off topic by slhck Jun 6 '13 at 12:57

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See for a list where versions for Windows, OS X and Linux exist. – slhck Jun 6 '13 at 12:57

Use the tool BackIt.

It is not a professional backup tool, it only helps those users who want to backup/copy some files and folders to a USB or CD/DVD routinely. We have covered similar backup tools before, SimpleBackup, SyncToy, and FileMove Lite are all equally good.

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It works on Windows, Linux, and Mac provided you have Adobe Air installed. If you are looking for free professional backup solution then have a look at Duplicati and FileMyster, both are outstanding.


  • Automatic copy for scheduled archiving.
  • Simple and user friendly one window, no complicated stuff archiving.
  • Batch copy solution.

Demo video:

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A file-by-file (or folder) backup program is indeed the logical way to go because the OPs wish for cross-platform compatibility means it's only worth backing up cross-platform files. – Jan Doggen Jun 5 '13 at 13:43

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