Who wants you to back up your Mac? Apple. That explains Time Machine. Apple’s little backup utility is better than nothing, but it’s also next to nothing. You can do better with an external disk drive backup.
Jeffrey outlined the problem with backups and used the time honored Mac360-recommended solution to use a clone, but that brings up another question. Which disk drive should you use? Check this out.
Yes, your Mac needs a backup system. Think of the worst case scenario. You turn on your Mac to start the day and it does not turn on. It’s dead. Deader than dead. The built-in SSD or the Mac itself is fried. Where is your backup?
We think Time Machine is better than nothing but it’s next to nothing and recommend an external disk drive clone. Which hard disk drive? We’ve also recommended Backblaze as a good online backup system, and the backup company uses over 100,000 disk drives so they have a good idea which ones are best and which are not.
Every quarter Backblaze releases their latest Hard Drive Failure Rates.
According to the Annualized Failure Rate stats, which hard disk drive is the best (in the quarterly results; annual results are on the Backblaze website)? No contest.
Likewise, which is the worst?
Numbers like that don’t lie, but it pays to see the model numbers, and check the Lifetime statistics. Those Toshiba disk drives seem to perform flawlessly when compared to the Seagate models, right?
Do those numbers tell the whole store? Probably, but what we don’t know are any of the details regarding environment and usage, but assume that all are well integrated into Backblaze’s server architecture and get equal treatment.
Why do you need an external disk drive to backup your Mac? Yes.
There is no better way to backup a Mac at the minimal level than a cloned backup. Does it matter which disk drive you use? Some are better than others, but anything is better than nothing, and Time Machine requires an external disk drive, too, and that’s next to nothing.