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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How To Automatically Backup Your Mac

Updated: Aug 13, 2021

That Macintosh computer you work on stores a lot of valuable work and home data such as photos, documents, and videos. Your Mac is always one step away from failure caused by a hard drive crash, malware attack or software flaw. If you take steps to back it up on a regular basis, you can relax and know you can recover rather than losing that data and having negative thoughts like hanging yourself in the basement. Telling you that you need to back up your Mac is easier said than done, that's why I going to share how you can use iCloud, Google drive and Time Machine to make sure the data on your Mac computers is always safe.

1. Backing up with Time Machine. Time Machine is the backup program that is pre-installed in all versions of macOS. To get started with Time Machine, you need to purchase an external hard drive or pull that one that has been sitting in your desk drawer. Once you get your external hard drive, plug it into the USB slot of your Mac. You will get a pop-up window asking if you use the hard drive for backup. If you have an external hard drive you've never used you can click on yes. If you have data that is on the external hard drive, you will want to verify you don't have any data you want to save before you opt to use it as a Time Machine backup drive. Once you select the drive to start backing up your data, Time Machine will start to perform hourly backup snapshots to keep your data safe. One of the great things about Time Machine is you never have to worry about running out of room for your backups because it will delete older backups fro