How to back up your Mac computer


Despite your best effort, accidents happen, losing a MacBook or seeing your Mac simply die for no reason. You can take the sting out of any mishap if you have a backup.

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Much like flossing, backing up your Mac is a regular practice that is crucial to your technological health. While many know it is vital, not many people remember to do so regularly.

Below is an exploration of when backups can be especially helpful to you as well as a step-by-step guide to creating a backup of your Mac and MacBook computer.

When you need to back up

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Though ideally, you are regularly backing up your computer. For the rest of us, there are some key moments to back up your computer, such as:

  • Before updating software programs such as operating systems
  • Before your computer has been infected with a virus or malware.

The reason for these key moments is that it gives you the ability to protect your data before you need to preserve it. You may need to reformat your computer to get it back to working condition. If something goes wrong in the process, you will have a copy of your data safely “tucked away” via a backup.

Where to back your data up: The Cloud vs. External Drive

Before I dive into the ways to back up your data, you will need to have a location to save your data.

You’ve got two paths here. The choices are fairly simple: in the cloud or on an external drive. Keeping a backup in the cloud somewhere other than in your real possession, or backing to an external drive that you control. I’ve long ago lost trust in storing anything valuable and meaningful on someone else’s cloud. I still use cloud storage, just not for what’s sensitive and truly important. My assumption is that anything you store on a cloud system is not private.

If you are considering these options, be sure to head over to CyberGuy.com and search “back up your devices” by clicking the magnifying glass at the top of my website. 

How to back up Your Mac

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