You can backup your iPhone or iPad with iTunes or iCloud. But what if you wish to backup Mac? Normally, a Mac asks you to select a backup disk when you connect an external hard disk with your Mac. However, it is not necessary as many Mac users raised complaints that Time Machine fails to ask to select a backup disk. With the right use of Time Machine, you can solve the backup issue on your Mac. Read this tutorial carefully and you will be able to backup and Restore Mac with Time Machine.
It goes without saying that to backup Mac with Time Machine, you need an external hard disk. Time Machine a default back-up feature of Mac; you need to first setup Time Machine and then you will be able to take backup.
How to Backup and Restore Mac with Time Machine
- How to Set up Time Machine
- How to Use Time Machine to Backup Mac
- How to Restore from a Time Machine Backup
Before you backup your Mac, you need to set up Time Machine.
4. How to Setup Time Machine
It is quite simple to set up Time Machine on your Mac. When you connect your external hard drive with your Mac, you might be prompted to use the external drive or disk to back up with Time Machine. In the dialog box, you can click on ‘Use as Backup Disk’. You can add a security layer to your backup by clicking ‘Encrypt Backup Disk’ check-box.
This sounds pretty cool! But problem begins when Time Machine doesn’t ask you to select a backup disk. What to do now? Follow the steps given below.
Step #1: Launch Time Machine preferences from Time Machine menu from the menu bar.
OR you can click Apple menu→ System Preferences → Time Machine.
Step #2: Next, you need to click on Select Backup Disk, Select Disk, or Add or Remove Backup Disk.
Step #3: Now you can choose a backup disk from the list and then click Use Disk.
Pro users would like to backup Mac on two external drives – one at home and another at office. This only gives you additional backup security and convenience. You can follow the same steps as mentioned above to add another backup disk.