Backing up the data on your Macbook on a regular basis is essential to ensure you do not lose any information should the device become damaged, lost or corrupted.

There are a number of options, listed and detailed below on how to achieve this listed in the order of ease and simplicity

  1. Time Machine to an External or Thumb Drive
  2. Time Machine backup to
  3. Time Machine Backup to a Server, NAS Drive or Networked
  4. over the Internet

Time Machine is ’s built-in program for backup and restoring data and it is very easy to use.

How to use Apple Time Machine to backup to an external storage device

Time Machine backup to an External HDD or Thumb Drive

a storage or flash-drive to a spare USB port and setup Time Machine to use that for backups. This maybe applicable for ’s that only have small internal HDD or of 128 or 256GB. Other wise use an External HDD which come in sizes up to 4 or 6 TB.


an External HDD to a spare port with the supplied wire and setup Time Machine to use that for backups. A 1 TB external HDD drive will be suitable for most backup needs. The IT Guys can supply these for $99 and you setup the backup.

Time Machine backup to

Backing up an Apple Computer Wirelessly

Time Machine Backup to a Server, NAS Drive or Networked Storage

Backups can be made to any other device, computer or that are visible over the network.

When setting up the destination of the backup, any available network locations will appear.

If they do not show up, they may require some technical help in settting up the source computer, drive or NAS. Contact the IT Guys for help.

Cloud Backup over the Internet

The IT Guys recommend having two forms of backup, onsite (local, as above) and offsite (in the cloud)

There are many cloud backup services available per month depending on the amount of data you require backing up.

An alternative to a dedicated cloud backup service is to simply store all your data on a cloud-storage service such as Apple iCloud or OneDrive. These service, keep your data safe but they do not backup your programs.

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