Priceless family photos, irreplaceable projects or a complete iTunes® library would be painful to lose. What would you do if your Mac computer was stolen or damaged and you lost these files? Spare yourself the heartache and invest some time and money in a backup option that will protect the files you need, no matter what. Here are our top 5 tips on what you need to know when backing up your data on your Mac:
Time Machine®This is Apple's® built-in backup feature for Mac OS X®. It is a built in backup application that keeps up-to-date copies of your files on a hard drive destination in order to restore them at a later time. It requires an external drive that is connected to a Thunderbolt, FireWire or USB port on your computer. Though you can't rely on Time Machine for a complete full-system backup, it is easily accessible, easy to complete and a great way to maintain regular backups.
CloningShould something happen to your Mac, having a clone of your entire system is a very desirable option. Thankfully, OS X has a built in option for creating cloned images of your computer's drive called Disk Utility. There are also options to pay for third party utilities which provide several other options and allow you to schedule backups.
Cloud StorageWhether using iCloud® or another cloud service provider, utilizing cloud storage is a great way to back up your Mac computer. With a cloud service, your files are safe regardless of what happens to your computer. There are also many thorough options for cloud storage with services such as Crash Plan or Live drive that can save more than just tiny subsets of your data like Dropbox. The only major downsides to cloud storage options are the amount of time it can take to complete a backup and restore a full system as well as the cost for sufficient space.
Indestructible and Offsite Hard DrivesShould a drastic disaster occur such as a fire, or flood, a backup solution that is indestructible or located in a completely different location is a life-saver. It may be annoying to back up your files and take the drive to another location, but saving your files is always worth the hassle. There are also fireproof and waterproof disks sold, however these are large and not safe against theft.
Backup Your BackupThe best way to ensure your files are safe is to not rely on only one back up method. Whether you want to use a Cloud and Time Machine, or the Bootable Backup and an offsite hard drive, it's important to be prepared for the worst. By providing yourself with several easy backup methods you can be consistent with, you are ensuring the safety of your files as well as your peace of mind.