Pro­tect your files for­ever!

The ul­ti­mate guide to backup

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Nik Rawl­in­son Il­lus­tra­tion: Paul Blach­ford

When we’ve spent hours, days, months work­ing on our Macs the last thing we want to do is redo it all be­cause it’s been lost. Nei­ther do we want to put our pho­tos at risk, see our mu­sic go up in dig­i­tal smoke or trash the first draft of a book by ac­ci­dent.

For­tu­nately, none of th­ese un­for­tu­nate sce­nar­ios need to hap­pen if you take daily care of your data. Im­ple­ment­ing a struc­tured, mut­li­ple-lo­ca­tion backup sys­tem isn’t dif­fi­cult. And a few hours spent set­ting it up can save you days or months in the long run, when you neatly side­step hav­ing to re­cover – or recre­ate – your lost work. Quite apart from the prac­ti­cal benefits of a back-up rou­tine, putting one in place now will save you the heartache of los­ing your dig­i­tal mem­o­ries later.

Over the next six pages, we’ll show you just how easy back­ing up can be with a se­ries of steps for home and busi­ness users.

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