Toolkit’s Mirror feature behaves similarly to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. But instead of mirroring your data from a computer folder to the Cloud, the data is mirrored from the computer’s Mirror folder to your external drive.
Differences between Toolkit’s Backup and Mirror features:
Which is best for me?
Determining which feature is best for you comes down to your specific needs:
Mirror ensures the most recent changes made to any given file are on your computer and drive, while backup is appropriate for longer term plans, such as finding an old file that might’ve been deleted from the source on accident.
Windows - Most prefer the Backup feature since it provides scheduling options and allows to select which files and folders to back up, unlike Mirror which creates its own folder.
You are able to have a Toolkit Backup and Mirror plan running at the same time.
macOS – Backup is not available in Toolkit for macOS, so users will find that Time Machine best meets their backup needs. But Time Machine requires the drive be formatted for macOS only and loses compatibility with Windows.
If you would like to ensure there’s a most recent copy of your most important files, then Mirror will provide the best results for you, and does not require the drive be formatted for macOS only. Simply keep those important files in the computer’s Mirror folder, and Toolkit with continually scan for changes and update the external drive’s Mirror folder accordingly.
For additional questions and answers regarding Backup and Mirror, see the following FAQs: