Best Way to Back up your Mac with Time Machine

How to Setup a Mac with Time Machine backup

Mac with Time Machine

Mac with Time Machine, you can back up files on your Mac that weren’t part of the macOS installation, such as apps, music, photos and documents. When Time Machine is turned on, it automatically backs up your Mac and performs hourly, daily and weekly backups of your files.

Time Machine is the backup mechanism of macOS, the desktop operating system developed by Apple. The software is designed to work with both local storage devices and network-attached disks, and is most commonly used with external disk drives connected using either USB or Thunderbolt.

Proceed with the below steps : Mac with Time Machine

Connect an external storage device, such as a USB or Thunderbolt drive.

Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar. Or choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Time Machine.

Click Select Backup Disk.

Click on – Use as Backup Disk and Erase the drive as we are proceeding with option. You can select Don’t Erase option if any data is in that drive.

Select the name of your disk, then click Use Disk. Time Machine immediately begins making periodic backups—automatically and without further action by you.

If you want to start a backup manually, without waiting for the next automatic backup, choose Back Up Now from the Time Machine menu  in the menu bar.

Use the same menu to check the status of a backup or skip a backup in progress. For example, if a backup is underway, the menu shows how much of it is done. When a backup is not underway, the menu shows the date and time of the latest backup.

Backup is underway

Allow the backup to finish. It will take longer to perform a full backup for the first time, but subsequent incremental backups will be much quicker. When you set up your Time Machine backup drive on your Mac, rest assured that all your data loss incidents will no longer exist.

Besides, you can set up more than one Time Machine backup drives and back up to multiple disks. For that, press the Time Machine icon from the menu bar, press and hold the Option key, and select Browse Other Backup Disks. Then, specify the disk to perform the backup of your Mac.

When you are using Time Machine to back up to a network disk, you can verify the condition of those backups. Click the Time Machine icon, press and hold the Option key, and choose Verify Backups. : Mac with Time Machine


Mac with Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of your Mac, but you can also use other methods to back up and restore files.

Use third-party apps : Mac with Time Machine

Some backup utilities are designed to back up specific kinds of files, such as photos or email. Others are designed to back up all of your data. When you create a backup, it’s best to back up to a different disk, such as an external USB drive, Thunderbolt drive, or FireWire drive. For details about how to use a backup utility to back up your files or restore them from the backup, follow the instructions included with the app.

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 oldest backups are deleted when your backup disk is full. The first backup might take a long time, but you can continue using your Mac while a backup is underway. Time Machine backs up only the files that changed since the previous backup, so future backups will be faster. 

Use cloud-based services : Mac with Time Machine

Cloud-based services don’t require you to connect an external hard drive to your Mac. For example, iCloud can automatically store your photos, calendars, contacts, notes, passwords and more. And it includes iCloud Drive, which can store documents, desktop files and other files of your choosing. To access those files, you just need to be signed in to iCloud. Other cloud-based services are available from third parties.

Use the Finder to drag files : Mac with Time Machine

You can also back up files like documents, pictures and movies by simply dragging them to a different disc, such as an external USB drive, Thunderbolt drive or FireWire drive. To restore them, just drag them back.


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