Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let me show you how to get started with time machine.One of the most important things you need to do is use a Mac user so as to use time machine to backup your mac. Any user of any type of computer should be doing regular backups and time machine makes it very easy. There are several reasons why you should be using time machine. The main one is for recovery from catastrophic failures. Hard drives fail sometimes. And having a time machine backup means that you will be able to completely recover, almost completely recover from a failure. But besides that you can also recover from another type of failure, if someone steals your Mac book or if there is a fire, flood something like that and some way your Mac gets destroyed then if you have a backup then you have better chance to recover and put all of the data into a new computer.Now some people think I don't have anything important in my computer so I don't need to backup , well that rarely is the case, I mean ever if you have just few photos or some simple documents on there it could be very difficult to recover from hard drive failures. So it is important to have a backup because it really does not cost that much. Hard drives today are really cheap. You can get 1 terabyte external USB hard drive for under 100 bugs and 2terabyte for not more than that. So I incur you to go to store or look online and get yourself inexpensive USB hard drive and use that to backup. Or if you have the money and you have say a portable computer like a Mac book then look into get a time capsule. So for this example I have got this fairly inexpensive and little out dated hard drive just a simple USB hard drive that picked up for 80 bugs little while ago. Now I am going to use it to backup my Mac book area. So you find your settings for time machine in system preferences and time machine and if you have never set it before its very simple like this you ave ON/OFF, Select Disk, Options. I am going to plug in the USB hard drive and see what is going to happen right away is that my Mac book wonder. So I plug in hard drive and I am going to use this for my time machine so I get this little pop up window. Here I can select right away to encrypt the backup disk now only if you have work in a work environment say you already using firewall then you can use this otherwise don't worry about it , it encrypts all the files on the backup disk, have you got encrypted on your Mac then you have encrypted in your backup disk, but if you don't use firewall don't worry about it. I wanna go and say yes I want to use a backup disk and that's pretty much checks everything for you, now first time your backing up its going to take around 30 gigs of data to backup from the Mac area. You many have 100's of gigs on your machine so you may have to do that over night, get it going in the evening and have a backup overnight.Afterwards it will backup just whatever changes and you don't have to worry so much about time , it will backup for every hour. So here you can see it already started the backup and it will well on its way. The only option I have here are to exclude items normally the most users does not exclude anything. So then the key is just letting you Mac backup . If you have desktop Mac just keep the USB drive plug in all the time it will backup any changes every hour and you can have a great backup from either disaster or many other external emergencies of fire. If you have portable Mac then you just wanna make sure that you hook it up to your backup or external drive or network for time capsule and that you do that often enough to make the backups worth while. So may be once a day or maybe evening when you put your Mac on the desk, maybe just start a backup you can do it manually so the key that you make in your preferences is that show time machine status in menu bar then you get the menu bar icon here, if it is spinning then it is doing the backup right away and not wait for the schedule time. So you plug your Mac book into the backup drive and you just initiate a backup right away wait until it is done and unplug the drive then just make sure you do that on regular bases so your backups are as current as possible. So how do your time machine to save recover single file well here I am on another machine now and I am looking at a folder here and its like I wanna recover something old version of something . I will go into time machine using that same menu item there and what it will do is, it will connect to the time machine volume and open into this time machine where you can see the copies of that folder going back into time and I can click on one from back here for instance and it will go back and I can see the time on the right then you can select something and click the restore button here what happens then is it restores it to the current version, I can say keep original, keep both or replace the current version with the backed up version.Of course if the file is been deleted then you wont have to worry about replacing it. It will just put it there. So what else can you do with the time machine backup is say you choose your entire mac, some one steals your Mac book but you go your time machine backup you replace he Mac book you run the restore partition on the Mac book and you simply say I wanna restore from the time machine backup. Plug it in and it will do the restore and it will have identical Mac what you have before all your files are restored. You can also restore individual users even use migration assistance, it actually pull a user folder of the time machine backup folder of the time machine backup and put it on to new mac. So lot of different ways that you can recover but the important thing is to do the first step and have the time machine backup , begin with one or none of these options are available to you. So hope you find this useful nothing else that encourages you to start using time machine backup, I get lot of questions you can imagine about the people having problems with their Mac and it is amazing the number of times, some body has some sort of problem they could have be solved if they simply had time machine backup but they didn't. So next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.