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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Best Ways to Back up Your Mac

Every computer user should keep a regular backup. From accidentally deleted files to failing hard drives to natural disaster, there are too many things that can go wrong to simply rely on luck. Here are the best ways to back up your Mac.

There are a lot of ways to ensure your files don’t get lost, and almost all of them involve keeping a copy of your files somewhere else. Even better is keeping one copy somewhere handy for problems like lost files or failing equipment and another copy somewhere offsite. We’ll go over the best backup methods for macOS users in specific, though many of these services will work for Windows.

Back Up Your Whole Drive to the Cloud

Backing up your whole drive to the cloud is the most accessible form of backup. It doesn’t require any extra hardware—just an account with an online provider—and will back everything up automatically, so you don’t have to worry about losing files. The initial backup can take some time, especially if you have an Internet connection with a slow upload speed (and you have to watch those ISP data caps). But, the process is usually dead simple.

There are many different providers offering plans, but we’ll pick out two good ones here.

Backblaze: No Nonsense Backups

Backblaze integrates very well with macOS, more so than most other backup services out there (of which there are plenty). There’s not even an app to manage, as it will install to a preferences pane in your settings. It’s incredibly easy to set up and manage even for the inexperienced user.

They offer “unlimited” storage for $5 a month, which for personal users backing up their computer will always be enough.

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