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Are you one of those people who believe that nothing bad can happen to them? If so, you’re in for a rude awakening. Computers crash, hard drives fail, and data is lost all the time. In fact, it’s so common that there’s a pretty good chance you’ll experience some kind of data loss during your lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to have a backup plan. In this guide, we will teach you how to backup your Mac using Time Machine. We’ll also show you how to create bootable backups and encrypted backups, in case you need them. So don’t wait any longer – follow these instructions and start backing up your Mac today!
How to Backup Your Mac Using Time Machine
Backing up your Mac with Time Machine is simple and straightforward. Here’s how to do it:
Step One: Connect an external hard drive to your computer.
Step Two: Open System Preferences and click on “Time Machine.”
Step Three: Click on the “Select Disk” button and select the external hard drive you connected in Step One.
Step Four: Click on the “Back Up Now” button to start backing up your Mac.
Your stuff isn’t backed up to iCloud, although it is backed up on your local computer.
If Time Machine is a full system backup, iCloud merely retains certain files and data. Under System Preferences > Internet Accounts > iCloud, you can see a list of everything that is currently being synced and stored in your account. Naturally, the amount of data in your iCloud or Apple One subscription may restrict the amount of space available. The free basic option has only 5GB of storage capacity by default..
To restore your Mac from a backup, connect the Time Machine hard drive and turn on your computer.
Hold down Command+R until you see the Apple logo. Select Restore from Time Machine Backup in the Utilities window that appears.
From there, select the backup you want to restore from and click Continue. The process will take some time, so be patient!
Your stuff isn’t backed up to iCloud, although it is backed up on your local computer. If Time Machine is a full system backup, iCloud merely retains certain files and data. Under System Preferences > Internet Accounts > iCloud, you can see a list of everything that is currently being synced and stored in your account. Naturally, the amount of data you can store in iCloud is limited, so if you need to backup a lot of stuff or want an off-site backup, Time Machine is still your best bet.
But what about files that I’ve changed or deleted?
If you’ve made changes to a file that are stored in iCloud—like editing a photo on your iPhone and then opening it on your Mac—the changes will be synced across all of your devices. However, if you delete a file from one device, it will be deleted from all devices. So if you’re working on something important and don’t want to risk losing it, make sure to back it up locally as well!