HOWTO |Do a ba­sic back up in Time Ma­chine

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1 Sort out your stor­age

Connect a large ex­ter­nal drive to your Mac (the larger the bet­ter; buy the high­est ca­pac­ity you can af­ford). If it’s not for­mat­ted for the Mac, open Disk Util­ity, se­lect the drive in the side­bar, click the Erase tab, se­lect Mac OS Ex­tended ‘(Case Sen­si­tive, Jour­naled)’, then click the Erase but­ton.

2 De­cide on di­rec­to­ries

Open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, click Time Ma­chine, then click Op­tions... Click the ‘+’ but­ton adding your in­ter­nal stor­age. You can in­clude vir­tu­alised op­er­at­ing sys­tems here, which cre­ate large files that change fre­quently. Use the VM’s snapshots tool to back th­ese up.

3 Safety vs Bat­tery life

If you’re us­ing a note­book, de­cide whether you want to back up on bat­tery or just when us­ing mains power, bear­ing in mind that you need to bal­ance file se­cu­rity with bat­tery per­for­mance. Click Save to store your set­tings and step back to the main Time Ma­chine pref­er­ence pane.

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