Backing Up Your Mac

Backing Up Your Mac

Backing up your Mac is an important task, and develop a robust data backup solution is a good idea. Imagine this scenario. You’ve just completed your Quarterly Business Review, a 20-page document with many graphs indicating the growth of your business over the last quarter. You’ve slogged over this document for a week and finally, you’re done.

By some freak accident, your kid drops your hot cup of coffee on your Mac and there’s a shorting in the wires. You are stuck now; your document was ready to be emailed to your business associates who were probably waiting for it right that minute but your computer is not accessible till it’s fixed.

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Why You Should Look at Backing Up Your Mac

Perhaps you’ll be able to restore your Mac with technical help. However, you might suffer data loss if your hard disk has been shorted. Either way, you won’t be able to access your document in time for that all important business meeting on Monday. All this could have been avoided if you got into the habit of regularly backing up your Mac including your documents and other data every day during the week you were busy working on it.

The problem with Macs is that they are so robust; we tend to rely heavily on them. Macs can also undergo accidents, or be stolen or suffer a hard disk crash. No computer is impervious to this kind of damage. As users, we must be cognizant of this fact and recognize that much as we love our Macs, it’s our data that’s really precious to us, which is why backing up your Mac is one of the most important tasks regarding your Mac.

Questions to Ask When Backing Up Your Mac

Several backup tools and options are listed in this article. There’s no such thing as a single perfect backup tool for everyone. You’ll have to explore your options and invest in a tool that fits your requirements.

When you decide to invest in a backup utility, you will want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How cost-effective is this software?
  • Will I need to invest in upgrades every year?
  • How user-friendly is this software?
  • Can I backup my Mac from anywhere in the world, through an online portal?
  • Does this tool have multiple features and options that’ll help me with more than just backup?
  • What other investments do I need to make, such as CDs, external hard disks, USB drives and so on?

Backup Tool Options

Several backup tool options are listed here for your review. Go through them and do your own homework before you decide on the utility that you want to buy for your Mac.

Option 1: Synk Backup
With this tool, you can take incremental backups, control file deletions, schedule backups and also maintain an activity log. Updates are automatically scanned and backed up.
Option 2: SuperDuper
You can use SuperDuper to schedule backups, take a complete backup of your system or just your Users folder or customize backup folders by creating your own copy script.
Option 3: Apple Backup
The Backup tool can back up your entire home folder, your iLife data or just your iTunes data. You can customize backup options and backup destinations and schedule backups. If you are a Mac subscriber, Apple’s Backup tool is free for you.

The above options will help you avoid losing all your data by assisting with backing up your Mac.

5 Responses to “Backing Up Your Mac”

  1. Chetan says:

    Paul what about the time machine. Is that good Tool for back up in Mac.

  2. Sonia says:

    Thanks for this helpful article. I needed this for my Macbook backup. 🙂

  3. PCTechBytes says:

    I use and love SuperDuper. It’s easy to install and basically a set-it-and-forget-it solution.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      The set-it-and-forget-it solutions are great for backing up your files. With such an application, you don’t have to worry about remembering to perform a data backup.

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