Backup your a Mac
As you certainly know, backing up is a very important and important task that we often forget. A good copy can save our computer from possible accidents by avoiding the loss of data, files and documents.
In this article, we show you different ways to back up your Mac computer: from local backup to remote backup through cloud storage services.
We will consider Apple tools such as iCloud or a time machine such as software.
Excellent way to backup on a Mac?
There are many different ways of backup on a Mac, but if you had to choose one, which would be the best?
The simplest and cheapest way is to use Apple’s free software, which is designed to make backup copies, time machines. The only extra cost will be if you need an external hard drive, but nowadays you can find these devices at very good prices.
However, can we really say that the time machine is the best way to back up your Mac? What we can call hundred percent is that the best way to protect your files is to use different backup methods at the same time.
Below we give a list of different options for backing up a Mac.
Idea 1. Time Machine
As we mentioned, the time machine is installed with MacOS by default and is a very simple and cheap option. Of course, you will need external hard drive or SSD.
Time Machine will be backed up on a regular basis if you wish, this could be the ideal way to keep your data always safe. The only drawback is that you will always have to remember to connect an external hard drive or no copy will be made.
You will also need a lot of storage memory because copies of the time machine usually take up too much space. We recommend more than 1 TB. To Backup With Time Machine:
- Connect a hard drive or SSD (Alternatively you can also connect an NAS disk)
- A message will appear on your Mac where you will be asked whether you want to use a time machine connected disc. Click on the option ‘Use as a backup disk’.
- If you do not see this message, make sure you have connected the disc correctly and you have Mac OS Extended.
- If you still do not see the message, go to ‘System Preferences> Time Machine> Backup Disk’.
- Select the disc you want to connect and click on ‘Use Drive.’
Idea 2. Use a backup program to clone your hard drive
Of course, there are alternatives to the time machine which you may like for a variety of reasons. We recommend that you take a look at the best software to make backup copies, of which: Acronis, ChronoSync, Carbon Copy Cloner, Carbonite or Superduper.
You will also need an external hard drive, and you must also remember that this disk is always connected so that backup copies can be automatically (one time configured).
Generally, you have to follow the following steps (they are practically the same in all programs):
- Connect the external hard drive.
- You may need to format the external disk before using it. In that case, open the ‘Disk Utility’ and with the selected external drive, click ‘Delete’, select MacOS Extended (Gerlad) of Format options and then click on ‘Delete’.
- Open the backup software you have selected.
- Definitely the program gives you the option to copy your Mac into internal storage in internal storage. You should pay attention to what you are copying, be sure to copy all the files, because otherwise, your clone may not start.
- Before the copy will be launched, you have to enter your password and confirm that you are ready to remove everything on the external drive.
- Wait for the cloning process for some time, once completed, click ‘Accept’.
Idea 3: iCloud
This option will depend on whether you pay for Apple’s monthly subscription for Icloud. If you do this, iCloud can be a way to back up your Mac.
This solution can be very useful, especially if you have more than one Mac and you want to access the same files from each of your devices (including the iPhone and iPad). To back up your Mac with ICloud:
- Open ‘System Preferences’ on your Mac and click on ‘iCloud’.
- Log in to iCloud.
- Check the box next to iCloud.
- Click on the ‘Options’ box next to iCloud.
- Make sure the boxes of everything you want to back up in iCloud are checked.
- Open ‘Finder’ and you will see an iCloud Drive folder in the upper left corner. Click to open it You can transfer any folder on your Mac which is not in the Icloud to copy and it is able to access it from other Apple devices.
With these selected options, any device connected to the same Apple ID can share the same files and access to a configuration similar to ‘System Preference‘. Another advantage is that backing up in Icloud means that it does not have to be an external drive.
Keep in mind that other proposed options, which can allow you to easily retrieve your old Mac clones on the new Mac, which includes apps and all configurations, but iCloud does not allow this option.
But you can access all the data that you were storing in iCloud, and when it comes to applications, people you’ve downloaded from the Mac App Store just connect and access the list of purchased items Can reinstall
Idea 4: Dropbox, Google Drive or other cloud storage service
With ICloud, these services allow you to subscribe to data plans that allow you to store all your files in the cloud. Keep in mind that you can not clone your Mac, just save files like photos, videos or documents.
- Log in to Dropbox, download the software and install it on your Mac.
- Once the software is installed, open Dropbox. You will see the interface where you can copy all the files.
- Click on ‘Upload files’ or ‘Upload folder’, locate the folder you want to upload and click ‘Choose’. Wait while the folder loads.
- You can also easily drag your files and folders to Dropbox through ‘Finder’. When DropBox is installed on your Mac, you will see a DropBox tab in the ‘Favorites’ part of the Finder, you just have to drag and drop any file in that folder and it will be backed up in Dropbox and you can access it from any other computer or iOS device that has Dropbox installed.
Idea 5: external backup
The above two options allow you to synchronize and share files between different devices, apart from keeping them safe in the cloud, your computer fails.
There are specially designed online solutions to make backup copies like Carbonite, which will back up your online website. You will have to pay, but Carbonate also offers a free 15-day trial period.
The benefit of one of these backup services in the cloud is that the backup is remote, so if your Mac time is destroyed in a fire or flood with a machine backup, then you will have a copy of all your data in a safe place. . .
If your Mac fails, is lost or stolen, then you can recover all your data in this cloud for this backup, as long as you have access to the internet.