There is not getting around this fact. If you don’t backup your Mac’s files, one day they will perish. Documents, music, photos, movies, apps. Poof. All gone.
What can you do to prevent the loss? Backup your Mac’s files. How? The easy way is with a couple of extra hard disk drives attached to your Mac. Another way is an online file backup service. If free is your choice, this is the app.
If You Can Have Only One Free Backup System
Mac users have many choices when it comes to backing up critical files. A few are cheap and easy. Others are expensive and complicated. Taking the Goldilocks approach, we want a method that is just right.
Some files can be backed up online using a free service.
Most of those have file size limitations, easily exceeded by music, photos, and movies.
Keeping in the free vein, we heartily endorse this method for the monetarily challenged. An extra Mac hard disk drive (they’re cheap). And, Carbon Copy Cloner (it’s cheaper).
Cloning your Mac’s disk drive to another disk drive gives you a complete, working copy of everything on your Mac. Apps, documents, music, photos, movies. Everything.
For our money, that immediately working clone (simply connect the disk drive to another Mac and you’re good to go) is the best first step for backing up a Mac’s files. How does it work?
Carbon Copy Cloner literally clones your Mac to another disk, which you can use to start up from your Mac or any other compatible Mac. All your files, settings, email, photos, music, movies—everything—will be right where you left it since your last backup.
You won’t have to re-install anything with this method.
CCC takes up to a few hours for the first backup depending on the number of files on your Mac, but only minutes for incremental backups.
If the files haven’t changed, they don’t need to be backed up again, so the whole process of cloning from Mac to backup is much faster.
CCC has a built-in scheduler to make backups when you’re away from your Mac. You don’t even need to be logged in (let it run overnight).
CCC can backup to your external disk drive, but it can also backup to another Mac on your home network, or, even across the internet.
Not bad for what amounts to donationware, huh? There are many ways to backup your Mac. If money is an object, Carbon Copy Cloner is the top answer.