Three Ways to Backup a Mac


Backing up your data is a mandatory thing in case your Mac is stolen, breaks or is infected by any virus. In this article, we will be discussing three ways to back up Mac data.

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 By using Time Machine

1.    Attach your hard disc or SSD (optionally you can use a NAS drive).

2.    You will spot a message in your Mac asking if you wish to use the drive with Time Machine. Press Use as Backup Disk.

3.    In case you don’t spot the alert, check that the hard disc is formatted accurately – it has to be macOS Extended.

4.    If you still don’t spot the signal, select System Preferences and press Time Machine and select Backup Disk.

5.    Select the storage device and press Use Disk.

By using backup software to clone the hard disc

The best backup software includes Acronis, ChronoSync, Carbon Copy Cloner, Carbonite and SuperDuper.

A clone is little different from Time Machine backup because it can be used to boot from the Mac.  So you can attach it into other Mac and boot up from it without recovering your Mac.

How to clone a Mac?

This method will depend on the software you are using to back up your Mac, but it can be something like this:

1.    Attach your external storage.

2.    You have to format the disc before you can use it. Launch Disk Utility and with the external drive selected, press on Erase, select the macOS Extended from the format options and select Erase again.

3.    Launch your cloning software.

4.    It will provide an alternative to ‘Copy’ what’s on your Mac’s internal storage to the external drive. You have to concentrate on what you can copy – make sure you copy all your files because or else your clone might not be bootable.

5.    You have to input your password and confirm before the copy gets underway to delete anything on the external disc.

6.    The cloning activity may take some time, and when it’s done, press OK.

By using iCloud to back up your Mac

1.    Launch System Preferences on your Mac and press on iCloud.

2.    Sign in to iCloud.

3.    You need to tick in the box next to iCloud.

4.    Press on the Options box in the iCloud now.

5.    Ensure that you check the box next to your Desktop folder, Pages documents, and Your System Preferences.

6.    Select the Finder. You will see an iCloud Drive folder in the bar on the left. Press it to launch it. You can shift/transfer any file or folder on the Mac which wasn’t in the iCloud before and access it on any of your Mac devices.

Harry Williams is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.