Is your Mac backed up? If it’s not, then back it up. Just because it’s a Mac, doesn’t mean it’s spared from any kind of damage. You have to think ahead. Back up your Mac to protect your data in case of hard drive clicking problems, or other disk killers.
Backing up your computer is probably not something you think about every day. But even if it hasn’t been at the top of your mind lately, it will inevitably become important.
Just think about how your computer will work two or three or five years from now — what will happen to all of your data if your Mac suddenly goes black-screen on you?
There’s really no reason for you not to back up your Mac. Considering how easy it is, especially with the new OS, you should just do it.
Even though most people know they should backup their information, the motivation isn’t always strong enough to make it happen. Luckily, Macs are really easy to back up.
In fact, they’re designed to do it, all you have to do is pick a backup method and set it up.
You can back up your Mac with these two easy options.
1. Time Machine: a program that works with an external storage device to make digital copies of your Mac, including everything from information to look and feel.
2. iCloud: wireless syncing for all of your Mac’s apps that can be accessed from any of your Apple devices.
Here’s how you can set up your Mac with the Time Machine.
Time Machine is a built-in backup feature on your Mac. It automatically makes hourly backup versions of your computer that cover the past 24 hours as well as daily and weekly versions to cover the past month and all previous months, respectively.
And everything maintains the look you created — that way, you can look back at your stuff as it was when you set it up, instead of having to recreate it as best as you can remember.
But to create actual backups with Time Machine, you’ll need an external storage device, and of course a way of connecting it to your computer — whether that’s a physical cord connecting to an external hard drive or using an AirPort Time Capsule.
You can also use an external storage device with Time Machine. Here’s how it can be done.
1. Connect the device; once your computer recognizes that you’ve done so, a popup window may appear asking if you want to use it with Time Machine.
2. You can choose to encrypt your backup disk or not by ticking or unticking the box (it is recommended to encrypt), then click “Use as backup disk.”
If Mac doesn’t give you the option to use Time Machine, follow the steps below.
1. Click the Time Machine symbol in your top toolbar (it looks like a curving arrow pointing backward, surrounding a clock face) and click “Open Time Machine Preferences…”
2. Click “Select Backup Disk” (it may also say “Select Disk,” or “Add or Remove Backup Disk”).
3. Click on your external drive and click “Use Disk.”
If your drive isn’t properly formatted for Time Machine, you’ll be asked to erase everything from it so it can be set up in a compatible way.
After you’ve selected your backup method and set up Time Machine on your Mac, it will automatically begin making those periodic copies of your Mac, mentioned above. Keep in mind that the first sync may take a long time, depending on how many files you have.
You can also opt to create a backup manually by going back up to the Time Machine icon in the top toolbar and selecting “Back up now.”
iCloud is your other option. Here’s how you can set it up to back up your Mac.
1. Make sure your Mac is fully updated by going to the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen and clicking “App Store” — you may need to login using your Apple ID — then click “Updates” in the left sidebar.
2. Go back up to the Apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences” then “iCloud.”
3. Log in using your Apple ID and agree the terms and conditions.
4. Choose whether or not to use iCloud for: your documents and data; the use of Find My Mac.
After completing the process outlined above, you’ll be able to see which apps you can include or exclude from your iCloud account, as well as how much storage data your information currently takes up, out of 5 free GB. If necessary, you may choose to upgrade to a larger iCloud account — for a range of monthly fees.
From there on, the information you dictate will be automatically updated as your documents change and grow. And your stored data can then be accessed from any other device, so long as you use the same Apple ID.
So, go back up your Mac now. In case, anything happens to to your Mac and you can’t seem to get your data back from Time Machine, don’t worry because you can always consider a reliable Mac hard drive data recovery service.