You'll Never Need a Backup for Your Computer...Until You Do!

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Although backing up your computer can seem a bit tedious and unnecessary, the experience of losing precious data can be a stressful and expensive (in the thousands! πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ) affair. If you don't have a hard drive backing up your computer, I recommend you get one as soon as possible to prevent future heartache! Below is a quick and easy guide for backing up your data:

For equipment, I recommend a simple external drive, with 2-3x the amount of storage than that you want to backup. So for example, if you have a 1TB internal drive, I'd recommend purchasing a 2-3TB external hard drive. Something like this drive by Seagate would work splendidly.

For software, Time Machine is the simplest way to safely back up your data on your Mac, and is already baked in to the operating system of your Mac. To set up Time Machine simply plug the hard drive in to your computer, then follow the prompts. Once it's configured it will automatically back up your machine every hour, and keep a catalog of backups going back in time to the date of the first backup. 

If you have a desktop computer, simply leaving the drive plugged in will do the trick. If you have a laptop, you'll need to make yourself a reminder to plug in the backup drive to allow the backups to happen (I recommend at least once per week). 

If you'd like the very convenient option and would like to set up all the Macs in your house for a seamless wireless backup, a Time Capsule is the way to go. Time Capsules are made by Apple, and once they are installed they will wirelessly back every machine configured to do so, whenever they are on your WiFi network.

If you have a LOT of data to back up (more than 1-2TB), if you have a ton of media files (such as videos), or if your data is very important for work or otherwise, you might want to consider a fancier setup called a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) backup. This is something that requires a bit of expertise to get started, but once it's set a RAID backup is definitely the safest way to secure your data, as it will spread out the information among more than one hard drive, allowing any drive in the array to fail without needing to worry about data loss. The best RAID storage devices are configured through units called network-attached storage (aka NAS), and the industry-standard producer of NAS devices is Synology. Let me know if you'd like to get a NAS device picked out and set up and I can help you out.