There are many things you should be doing with your Mac. But one is the most important of all: backing up. Any computer can have a hard drive failure, suffer from a user mistake or simply be stolen. Backing up is the most important thing that every Mac user should do.
Hi, this is Gary and welcome to episode number 700 of MacMost Now. On today’s episode let me share with you a list of things that I believe all Mac users must do. So I thought a lot about what a list like this would look like, what items should all Mac users do, and I went through various different ideas. What it really came down to, is the number one item was so important, so big that I decided that a list really should have only one item on it. So what is that item? Well it’s simply backing up your Mac. It’ so easy with time machine to make a backup of you hard drive and keep that back up current. But yet so many Mac users don’t do it. And if you don’t do it your data is only in one place, it is so easy for you to lose your data through a hard drive failure, through an accidental deletion of a file or having your Mac simply stolen or lost in some disaster. Perhaps a lot of Mac users are making mistake of thinking because their machine was manufactured by Apple that it is better than their PCs, but in fact the hardware’s basically the same. Matter of fact, look at this brand new IMac, the specs here, If you look at the bottom right you’ll see the model number . That’s the model number for the hard drive, the hard drive inside of the new IMac. Now do a quick search for that model number online, and you’ll see very easily that that’s actually the hard drive manufactured by Segate, a good hard drive manufacturer, but it’s the same hard drive that could be found in PC, could be found in the server and even a cable-box and satellite box.
So, if you believe a cheap PC bought at an electronic store can have a hard drive failure you should believe that your Mac can also have a hard drive failure. They manufacture millions of these things and not everyone’s perfect. And also even if it doesn’t have a failure you can simply make a mistake, throw away a file you didn’t mean to or if you have a laptop, and most Mac users do, you can have it stolen from you and all your data’s gone. Think of the photos on your hard drive, think of the documents , think of the items from work, the items from home, the list you’ve created, the emails that you saved, anything else that you got on your hard drive , imagine if that was all just instantly gone.
Now, it isn’t a sort of a problem you can solve after the problem occurs, you have to think ahead, you have to start backing up now. You can go the route of having the time capsules set up in your house and having laptops backing up to a wirelessly or if you’re on the budget you can simply have an external USB hard drive.
Just a quick search online for external USB hard drives. It comes with all sorts of buying options. You can get them from well known sites, from Amazon you can get 1TB drives for under a hundred dollars. I recommend for best results getting a hard drive that’s twice the size of the amount of data you have stored on your hard drive. So if you have about 500GB of stuff on your hard drive get a 1TB drive, if you have a TB stuff get 2 TB drive. Now you need to do is hook up the drive, go to your system preferences and the time machine and turn the time machine on and it’ll walk you through setting up the hard drive as the time machine backup and you’ve got it going. First backup’s going to take a while, just let it run over the night and after that leave the drive plugged in, and quietly, silently in the background it will back up all of your files over time and you’ll have complete archive of everything kept up to date within the last hour.
It’s the type of process you set up and then you can forget about it. And if you have a laptop and you’re using external USB drive, just make sure at some point during the day or every couple of days you plug in USB drive and it will automatically recognize your time machine drive and do a backup. This is my one item list of what every Mac user should do. Don’t full yourself into thinking it can never happen to you. Don’t wait till next week, don’t wait till next month, get an external hard drive, start backing up. It’s a smart thing to do no matter what brand of computer you use. Till next time, this is Gary for MacMost Now.