How to back up your Mac, and why you should do it now

“If you needed one more nudge, Apple has just made it slightly harder to recover lost data from the new MacBook Pro models,” Willian Gallagher writes for AppleInsider. “Don’t rely on Apple to rescue you if you haven’t backed up your Mac.”

“Yes, yes, you’ll back up later when you’re less busy. Fine, we’re not your parents. Only, we’re also not the people you’re working for, and we don’t want to be in the room when you tell your employer that you’ve lost everything,” Gallagher writes. “Instead, we’d quite like to be there when you say yes, it’s true that the Mac with your work has totally died but that’s fine because you’ve got a backup right here. When calamity hits —when, not if —we want you to be out of action and unable to work for no longer than it takes to make a coffee.”

“You can do this, you should do it right now if you aren’t already,” Gallagher writes. “What’s more, you can also do it very simply, quickly, and cheaply.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, if you haven’t already, go do it!


      1. There are two kinds of people in the world:
        1. Those who have lost data
        2. Those who are going to lose data.

        OK… there’s a third. Those who have lost data and are so stupid they will do so again.

  1. I’ve tried a lot including Retrospect, Time Machine, Super Duper and Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) and many others. For me, Retrospect & Time Machine had too many serious glitches.

    CCC is the only one I use now as it has the power without inordinate complexity and lets me clone to internal partitions on my Macs in addition to external drives (as do other cloning programs.)

    The key to this is that once the original clone is done, a daily update of the clone is typically only a few minutes.

    People don’t often consider cloning to an extra partition on your internal SSD, but that offers a degree of safety for stupid mistakes in things like deleting or changing files and then realizing you made a mistake. Since you have your clone from yesterday always with you, you don’t have to go back to where your external drive is located to retrieve a file or folder.

    1. I would never recover a machine from time machine, but I often use the restore for earlier versions.

      My disaster recovery plan from a storage failure consists of a fresh install and copying down files from TM that weren’t restored when I reinstalled my cloud apps.

  2. There are so many great ways for people to backup their computers now that there is no excuse. Backblaze and TimeMachine are great. Spider Oak is great for people who want the kind of security that will not allow their data to be subpoenaed.

    Keep your data separate from your system an applications. All you have to do is backup the stuff you created! Keep it all in one organized folder. The system and applications can always be acquired again.

  3. After my MacBook and a nearby backup drive were both stolen in the same incident, I wised up and subscribed to an off-site backup service. Then, after Apple made it possible to simply toggle on iCloud storage to sync my desktop and documents, iCloud became my backup service.

  4. TimeMachine backup twice a week. Working files to Dropbox.

    Never lost an important file or copped a virus in 30 years on various networked and home Macs. Lost three month’s email. etc. files when forced to use a use a f*cking Windas PC at work back in 2005.

  5. Two time capsules works.Really. One at home, one at work. The backups go to both. Steal Mac and TC 1? Restore from TC 2. VV
    Keep a hd with all files somewhere too, I do at my parents, they have theirs in my house.

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