Tuesday Tip: Backup to .Mac (or your JungleDisk)

Backups are essential when you’re dealing with important data. Hard disks fail, file systems break. For DEVONthink Pro, one option is to export all items to a folder in your file system and move it to a safe place. For example your .Mac iDisk or your Amazon S3 JungleDisk. You can do this manually or by using the Backup Archive script supplied with DEVONthink Pro. Or, you could use the following two scripts that make it more-or-less a one click process.

To use them, download the above scripts and unpack them. Then, copy the .scptd files into ~/Library/Application Support/DEVONthink Pro. If DEVONthink Pro was open, choose Scripts > Update Scripts Menu. Both scripts should now appear in DEVONthink Pro’s own script menu (left of the Help menu, with a stylized AppleScript ‘S’ symbol).

As always, comments are highly appreciated!

6 Responses to “Tuesday Tip: Backup to .Mac (or your JungleDisk)”

  1. Chris says:

    I’d recommend waiting a bit before seriously using Jungle Disk for backup purposes on the Mac. Due to the limitations of WebDAV, Jungle Disk right now still loses the original file permissions. But AFAIK proper file system integration on Mac OS X is planned in the coming months and that should eliminate this problem.

  2. Alex says:

    Making backups is OK, or actually a necessity. But what’s wrong with ‘just’ an external hard drive? I have a slight problem with paid third party storage if it s not absolutely necessary.

  3. Alex: Nothing is wrong with an external HD. However, the external HD can fail while third party storage such as Amazon S3 is usually redundantly organized. And: One device less that clutters your office.

  4. Ken says:

    This sounds great. I have followed the instructions and “backup to idisk” is apprearing in the scripts menu – but it is greyed out. What am I doing wrong ?

  5. Ken: Maybe the file permissions are garbled? Does the script have the correct name extension (.scptd)? Do other scripts appear correctly?

  6. Michael says:

    As a very serious alternative to jungledisk I can recommend mozy (www.mozy.com). Mozy offers unlimited web storage for $ 4.99 per month and backups run automatic every two hours.

    While Mozy does not recognize the dtBase filetype (probably because that is a package) you can still back up dtBase files by specifying the directory where the DevonThink databases reside. Mozy checks for the changes within the database, so no two GB file transfers if just a couple of files have been changed