5 Ways to Back up Your Mac Hard Drive Files

If you use a Mac for every computing need in your day-to-day life, you need to make data backup.

Why should I back up my data?

Let me share a real-life story with you, a few months back, I read from the news that designers were working on a big project related to mobile app design. The project went on for months and took a lot more time than anticipated. In order to speed up the process, they focused only on the various tasks and forgot to back up their files and documents. The head of the team believed that backing up their data was a waste of time. The consequence was later one of the team’s Mac went down and was unable to be powered on due to hard drive failure.

The result? Obviously, it was a huge disaster.

So, how to backup Mac hard drive Data? There are five ways in general.

1. Time Machine

Mac OS X v10.5 and later include Time Machine so you can automatically back up the whole system and all of your important, irreplaceable files to an external hard disk. Time Machine has an intuitive interface for restoring your files if needed. See this article for more information.

2. Mac data backup software

It’s hard to perform the manual backup if you constantly change your files, therefore special backup software for Macs is the best option. This TechRadar article shows you a list of best backups apps after testing six of them.

3. Disk Utility

This alternative backup process produces a disk image of your entire Mac OS X disk’s contents. This process preserves the unique attributes of your files, such as permissions, ACLs and UUIDs. A disk image backup is good for an archive-type backup for offsite storage.

4. Online data backup services

Online backup provides a convenient way to protect your data from those on-site disasters. Dropbox, for example, one of the most popular yet commercial online backup services allows you to upload your up to 2GB to the cloud.

5. External drives

If you are not that tech-savvy, you can also manually drag files from your Mac volume to an external storage device. You can also burn backup copies to a blank CD or DVD in the Finder if your Mac has an optical drive.

As they often say, backup is easy, but recovery is often hard. Go get a backup, or backup of your backups!

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