Backing Up Your Mac
Backing up to an External Device
- Plugin an external storage device.
The image color of the icon depends on the type of media you use to back up your files. (white is for flash drives, orange for external hard drives)
- Open a Finder window and choose “Macintosh HD” (you can also double click the icon on your desktop
- Next choose the folder “Users”
- Look for a folder with your username (If you’re logged in your then your profile is indicated by the icon with the house)
- Now you can either drag your entire folder profile to your external device (PENDING ENOUGH SPACE ON THE DEVICE) or pick and choose items you need backed up.
This directory will only contain files on your desktop, documents, downloads, pictures, movies, and custom user files. (Bookmarks are in your profiles’ Library folder) Please remember to check the root directory of your Macintosh HD drive if you save files directly to that location.
Backing up using Apple’s Time Machine backup software
- Plugin an external hard drive (Apple has stated in their white paper that this process will erase the external. For best performance the drive should be empty)
- Open “System Preferences” and click on “Time Machine”
- Turn on Time Machine and choose the appropriate hard drive to perform the backup sequence. (Drive sizes are for display only; try to back up to a drive that is equivalent to the size of your internal hard drive.)
- Time Machine will begin to initiate a backup in 120 seconds after all the variables have been set.