This week, we were talking a little bit about backup. We already talked that Time Machine clones your Mac, so you can recover not only the files, but all the settings of your computer. We also talked about the risks of a late backup, when you have a problem with your computer and don't know whether your files can be recovered.
If it is your first access to TheMini Blog, we will explain some concepts about the topic. If you have read the other articles about backup take the opportunity to remember.
What is a backup? And where should I save it?
Backup is a secure copy held on an external storage drive.
Why an external drive? The backup serves as a way of recovering your data even if you fully lose access to your computer. If it is saved on the computer's internal hard drive, you can not access it in this case.
Choose a reliable drive, avoiding using flash drives, and remember that if you use a DVD, some MacBooks don't have CD drive anymore.
On this post we will talk about how to configure Time Machine to automatically save backups on the external drive of your choice. We recommend using TheMiniDrive to do it, they are waterproof, shockproof and extremely practical.
How difficult is it to set up Time Machine?
Is not difficult to set up Time Machine, the resource is already native to OS X, so your MacBook is already prepared to use the tool.
When you attach an external drive for the first time on your Mac, the first thing it will do is ask if you want to select that drive as the destination drive for your backups. Click "Use as Backup Disk" to confirm. If you select the option to encrypt the backups, they will be password-protected.
If Time Machine doesn't ask that question right away, you can configure the new disk as backup drive manually. This doesn't mean you have to do all backups manually everytime that your Mac doesn't recognize the external drive as the destination automatically.
If Time Machine does not ask you to choose a backup disk:
Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine icon in the menu bar. Or choose Apple menu> System Preferences> Time Machine.
Click Select Backup Disk.
Select an external hard drive from the list, then click Disk Use.
After choosing a backup disk, optionally, click "Add or Remove Disk Backup" to add more backup disks for extra security and convenience.
This is the Time Machine icon, you'll find it in the menu bar.
Now just put your Time Machine in active mode and it will start making backups automatically. Yes, it's ready.
The first backup can take some time, Time Machine automatically makes hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for all previous months. The next backups will be updates from the previously backup, so will be much faster.
Have you already started making your first backup with Time Machine?
How about giving some ideas of articles for us while waiting for the backup to be finished?