Whether or not you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can use third-party backup apps and services that are available from the App Store or other sources. Wondering what the best way to backup a Mac is? Looking for a way to backup your Mac without an external drive? Want to back your Mac up to iCloud, Dropbox, or another remote backup solution? We look at the various kinds of backup you can have, explaining how to backup your Mac – and why you should use more than of our options for backing up. Make sure that you can recover your data if your Mac is stolen, breaks, or is infected by malware. ways to back up and restore files on Mac
Use third-party apps
Some backup utilities are designed to back up specific kinds of files, such as photos or email. Others are designed to back up all of your data. When you create a backup, it’s best to back up to a different disk, such as an external USB drive, Thunderbolt drive, or FireWire drive. For details about how to use a backup utility to back up your files or restore them from the backup, follow the instructions included with the app. ways to back up and restore files on Mac
Use cloud-based services
Cloud-based services don’t require you to connect an external hard drive to your Mac. For example, iCloud can automatically store your photos, calendars, contacts, notes, passwords, and more. And it includes iCloud Drive, which can store documents, desktop files, and other files of your choosing. To access those files, you just need to be signed in to iCloud. Other cloud-based services are available from third parties. ways to back up and restore files on Mac
Use the Finder to drag files
You can also back up files like documents, pictures, and movies by simply dragging them to a different disk, such as an external USB drive, Thunderbolt drive, or FireWire drive. To restore them, just drag them
Why you should back up your Mac
We’re probably preaching to the converted here, but we’ll quickly run through the reasons why you really ought to be backing up your Mac, in no particular order:
- Because you (or someone else) might spill a drink on your Mac.
- Because your drive could fail.
- Because it can be particularly challenging to recover data from SSDs.
- Because you could loose your Mac.
- Because someone might steal your Mac.
- Mac malware is rare, but if you get hit, you can recover your data from before the infection.
There are also a few side-benefits that come with having a backup:
- You could have access your data from another device.
- You might be able to access an earlier version of a document.
- If you get a new Mac you can easily recover all your data onto it, essentially clone your old Mac onto your new one.