Tri-BACKUP 8 is a Mac data backup solution that balances the needs of novices with the versatility and control advanced users want. The app is developed by TRI-EDRE, a software developer based in France, but there aren't any translation errors, which is surprising when you consider how much text is in the interface. Still, the program is held back by its backup and restore speeds.
For our review of Mac backup software, we tested each app on the same Mac, using the same data. We ran multiple backup and restore sets to measure speed and CPU usage. We also evaluated how easy each program is to use by looking at the number of steps in the backup and restore processes, the number of options that require user input in each step, and how well the interface leads the user from one step to the next. The best Mac backup software is easy enough for a novice to use, since everyone with a Mac should be able to protect their data.
Tri-BACKUP’s backup process received a B- for ease of use, which means it poses a few challenges for novice users, but none of them are terribly substantial. The backup process has as many as eight steps, which is more than most apps we evaluated, but the interface leads you along with very little room for user error.
The restore process was a little easier to navigate but not by much, and it received a B for ease of use. The restore process only has five steps, but the interface is cluttered; this can make it difficult to use for the first few restore set, until you get used to it.
Tri-BACKUP 8's performance wasn't impressive. It received a C- for its average backup speed of 0.9GB per minute, and the restore speed received a D+, clocking in at 0.92GB per minute. You can actually copy and paste files to an external device faster than the software can do it for you. For comparison, the fastest backup speed in our tests was 2.33GB per minute, and the fastest restore speed was 2.66GB per minute. When backing up a 1TB hard drive, these speeds represent a difference of over 11 hours.
One advantage Tri-BACKUP has over most Mac data backup software is its advanced features. Most of the apps in our review do little more than copy and paste data from one device to another, but this one can clone your hard drive, create bootable media, back up incrementally, schedule backups and integrate with the cloud. It’s also one of the few programs that compresses data when you back up, which saves storage space. The only advanced feature it’s missing is encryption.
While Tri-BACKUP 8 isn't the easiest Mac backup app to use, even with its text-cluttered interface it isn't the most difficult. The backup and restore speeds are below average, but the software has enough to advanced features to satiate more experienced users.