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How to backup Mac in a few simple steps

how to backup MacBill Roberson / Digital Trends

For these days Apple is interested in boosting its iCloud services, so you can backup your files from any Apple device, but it is completely understandable if you prefer a more traditional method to do this process and not keep them in the cloud. So you know how to backup Mac and not lose your valuable data in the attempt, in Digital Trends in Spanish We explain it step by step.

To obtain a more secure backup, we suggest you make a backup copy on both iCloud and a disk. External drives, such as HDD or SSD, remain an excellent option (and no subscription costs) if you prefer a physical location to store, protect and share your data.

Make sure your disk is formatted correctly

You must format your external drive

If you are going to use an external hard drive or SSD to make a backup, you must start by formatting it to make it compatible with the MacOS extended file system. With some exceptions, most external hard drives are not preformatted for Mac.

Fortunately, it is a simple process and it is the first step that we suggest you follow to learn how to make a Mac backup.

Step 1: connect the hard drive to your Mac

We recommend using a new hard drive. If you use an old one, things can get complicated. Consider formatting to erase all data on the unit, so you want to verify and eventually move some valuable data to another device.

Step 2: start Disk Utility

The Disk Utility is found in Applications, under the subtitle Utilities. You can access this section through the Dock.

Step 3: find the hard drive you want to reformat

All units and volumes on your Mac will be listed in the Disk Utility, so make sure you choose the right one.

Step 4: delete the drive

ChooseDelete in the window of Disk Utility, confirm that you want to do it and get ready to change the name of the unit. A good option is to call it something like "Mac Backup", if you mainly use it for this purpose.

Step 5: choose the new map scheme

Now you should choose a new format, among which are: Plus (with registration), Plus (with registration, encrypted), Plus (mays./mins., With registration), Plus (mays./mins., With registration, encrypted)

The Plus format (with registration) allows you to maintain the hierarchical file system, while the Encrypted option adds a password and encryption. The one of uppercase and lowercase distinguishes this use in folders, for example, keeping September and September separate.

Choose your best alternative, although if you are not sure what to do, we recommend using the fourth format, which includes the three capabilities, maintaining the file system, adding a password and respecting the use of upper and lower case.

Step 6: go to Security Options

Choose Security options and make sure at least three times that the unit is set to write on old data. This in the case of Stata units, not for SSDs.