Wednesday, October 31, 2018

How to take the Backup of your Mac Device

Mac Backup
If you want to take backup of your data from Mac device to protect your data for future or you want to change the device and moving to a new one. If you want to take the Backup you not needed to install any other software. Apple provides the inbuilt tool to take the backup of your files.

Follow the step to take the backup of your files in your Mac devices.

Mac has the inbuilt backup tool called Time Machine using this you can take the backup of your files from your computer. You can take the backup of your file and save it into external hard disk are you can connect the backup device in your network via  Apple Time Capsule, an external drive connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station or another router with an available USB port.

When you connect the external device into your mac device it will ask you if you want to back the file into the external device with Time Machine. If your device does not ask you can do it manually by clicking the Apple icon on the top left corner on your screen. Select the System Preference > Time Machine Icon. Click the icon to open the Time Machine Tool. And select the Select Disk button. When selecting your drive for Time Machine, you can also check a box to Encrypt backups, which will require a password when you go to restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup.

In System Preferences, there is also a checkbox to Back Up Automatically so that the next time you connect your designated Time Machine drive to your Mac, Time Machine will spring into action and create a system backup.

If you keep a Time Machine drive connected on your network at all times or directly connected to your Mac at all times (more likely with a Mac desktop than laptop), then Time Machine will create hourly backups of the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month and weekly backup for all previous months. Time Machine will delete the oldest backups when it runs out of space, replacing them with newer copies of your system.

There is also an option to Show Time Machine in the menu bar. From the menu bar icon, you can keep an eye on the status of your backup, stop a backup and manually start a backup.

To restore your system to a previous point in time, click the menu bar and choose Enter Time Machine. You'll see your previous Time Machine backups like cards in a Rolodex; scroll through and find the one you want and click the Restore button.

iCloud Backup:

You can also use the iCloud to take the backup of the particular folder into Cloud storage. It will store the file safely in the Cloud. When you need that you can get it from the Cloud storage.

If you want to take the backup of your photo folder into the Cloud storage. Open the System Preference and Select the iCloud option to open the iCloud after that check the photo and select the option button present at right to photo option.

After selecting the option button new window will open in that Photos and check the box for iCloud Photo Library. It uploads full-resolution copies of your photos for safe keeping in the cloud. It also includes the added benefit of making my Mac's photo library easily accessible from my iPhone and iPad.

iTunes Backup:

If you want to take the backup of your iTunes file open the iTunes app and select the File-> Library->Organize Library. Check the box for Consolidate files and click Done.

Next, open Finder and go to your home folder (the one with your username) and find the Music folder. Inside the Music, a folder is a folder titled iTunes. This is the folder you want to copy.

If you moved your Music folder from its default location, you can look up its current location by going to iTunes > Preferences and clicking on the Advanced tab. At the top of the Advanced window, iTunes lists the path of your iTunes Media folder location.

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