Just because your data is sitting safely in your hard drive, it doesn’t mean that it will never get damaged. Technology has quite advanced in the past few years, but that doesn’t mean that your data is safe from any sort of malware or cyber-attack. You can experience data loss at any time, and when you do, you will regret not having created a backup in advance. Luckily, Mac users have a safety net in the form of Apple Time Machine, which can regularly back up your data. In this article, I have mentioned how Apple Time Machine can back up your data and how to use it. Let’s take a look:
How to Use Apple Time Machine?
If you are wondering how to backup a time machine, then it is a very simple process. First, you will need to get an external drive that is supported by the AFP – Apple File Protocol. If you cannot get an AFP supported drive, you can also get a USB, Thunderbolt, or Firewire that supports Mac file format. However, I will recommend you to go for Apple’s Airport Time Capsule, which you can connect with your Mac via Wi-Fi and would not have to attach any extra HDD device with it.
How to Set up Apple Time Machine?
When you connect an Airport Time Capsule or external HDD with your Mac, a prompt asking about Apple Time Machine will automatically appear on your screen. You can click on “Use a Backup Disk,” and it will create the backup automatically. If you want to create a backup with password protection, then you can click on the “Encrypt Backup Disk” option to make it more secure. After that, all you have to do is select the volume, and the Apple Time Machine will do the rest. Keep in mind that the first backup will take a long time, so it is better to do it before you go to bed. You can leave your MacBook, and it will create the backup overnight.
Why Prefer Apple Time Machine Over Other Apps?
The main advantage of using an Apple Time Machine is that it is one of those rare Apple apps that runs quietly in the background and doesn’t drain much battery or other system resources. Other backup apps would not offer you this, and that is what sets this app apart from its competitors. As mentioned above, the first backup takes quite a lot of time, but after that, it backs your file without you even noticing. It creates an image of your Mac files and changes it whenever you create or remove a file. You can set the backup frequency to hourly, daily, or weekly. The app will keep creating the backups until the backup disk has filled completely.
Another advantage of using Apple Time Machine is that it can be accessed in recovery mode as well. If your drive ever crashes, you can restore it back up easily with the help of Time Machine. It can also help you transfer files while installing a new OS.