How to Backup your Mac before Sierra Upgrade

Even if you don’t want to back up your Mac before Sierra upgrade, you should do it. Some folks won’t take the backup process seriously as they have reason – they are using robust solid state drives (SSDs) that make them believe that their data can sustain forever.

I’m agreeing with this argument – only up to some extent. As compared to hard disk drives, SSDs have no moving parts so that lesser power draw will be the result, whereas an HDD produce comparatively more heat than an SSD. And, the mean failure rate of SSDs will be less as compared to HDDs.

But, none of these facts don’t argue against the fact that an SSD is not vulnerable to data loss as compared to an HDD. At the same time, a large number of Macs are still using HDDs. So, even the above consolation will not be feasible for Mac people using HDDs.

Coming back to macOS Sierra. This desktop OS is supposed to be one of the feature-rich Mac operating systems recently hit the markets. Apple has structured this OS to work more seamlessly between your devices such as iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, etc. If you haven’t tried this OS yet, here’re the top 5 reasons that will force you for this upgrade.

No matter how big the Sierra upgrade is going to be, it’s recommended to take a backup of your Mac to avoid data loss. Even Apple recommends so. The backup process won’t be a tiring task for you, I promise. A similar backup approach is recommended before any device upgrade. You should practice backing up songs from iPod classic, iPod mini, Shuffle etc. timely to secure your data.

What is the best way to backup my Mac?

You don’t have to think too much to answer the question. It’s Time machine, the in-built backup utility in OS X machines. It’s been here from the period of OS X 10.5, Leopard. So hope, most of you might have familiar with this.

How to Backup Mac using Time Machine?

Step 1: First, you have to enable Time Machine option on your El Capitan machine by clicking the switch button that appears when you open the application.

Step 1: First, you have to enable Time Machine option on your El Capitan machine by clicking the switch button that appears when you open the application. You can Access Time Machine by clicking Apple Logo-> System Preferences-> Time Machine

Step 2: Prepare your External HDD for the backup. It can be connected to your Mac through USB, FireWire or Thunderbolt port.

Step 3: When you connect the external HDD to you Mac, you will see a prompt asking whether you want to use the drive to backup with Time Machine. Click "Use as backup disk" option.

Step 4: If Time machine is not asking you the above question, you may have to change your Time Machine preferences. Here, select your external HDD as the backup disk.

Step 5: Instead of waiting for automatic backup, go to Time Machine menu and click “backup now”

Step 6: For canceling the backup progress, select “Skip this backup” from the Time Machine menu

Time Machine will only back up the files that changed since the previous backup was made. If you want, it’s possible to add more items to the backup queue from Time Machine preferences.

How to Restore My Files from a Time Machine Backup?

Step 1: Go to Time Machine menu

Step 2: You can use the timeline on screen edge to see files in Time Machine backup. Use on-screen up and down arrows to know the contents of the files you changed recently.

Step 3: Select a file and press spacebar to confirm whether it’s the one you want to restore.

Step 4: Click “Restore”

Do the restore process carefully as any tiny mistake during this can lead to huge data loss. And, it may eventually force you to search for a powerful Mac data recovery tool. So, be alert throughout the restore process.

How to Backup your Mac before Sierra Upgrade was last modified: January 20th, 2017 by John Harris

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