Various Effective Ways To Back Up Your Mac Hard Drive

Getting hands on a Mac lets you go beyond your computing experience. Yes, Macs are qualified, standardized, fully capable, brilliant, and classy. However, being a machine, computers sometimes go through adverse situations and so do Macs. Users keep a high percent of their lives in computers and issues with it just take them into a dilemma.

There are cases when your Mac may show you a big loss of data due to various reasons, i.e. you just lose many precious things that took you days and even months to collect. In such situations, you can just relax if a backup copy is available, as it does not take anything from you to restore from backup. Therefore, it is highly recommended for regularly backing up data on your Mac to smartly deal with any data loss cases.

Fortunately, Apple has made the Macs rich enough to help you with backing up the data easily. Here, we are presenting a good read on various options to back up your Mac.

Why Backups

In most cases, users are hardly bothered about taking data backup or a common opinion is “Why to backup my Mac? I won’t ever bear any data loss”. So, before knowing any backup tricks, let us have a fair understanding of some common situations that demonstrate that backups are mandatory. Power surges sound like a small problem; however, sometimes, dump all your data.

Hard drive failure is another common issue that results in nothing, but the loss of information. Next, if your Mac has become a home of viruses and other bundles of malware, data loss is definite. There are various other cases that do not let a healthy piece of information stay on your computer; a backup copy works amazingly well here.

What Helps you Backup Data on Mac

Your Mac is empowered with various backup options, such as Time Machine, Cloning, and Imaging. We will focus on each of this one by one; carry on.

Time Machine

Time Machine is an effective utility to yield correct and full backups. Since the release of Leopard (OS X 10.5), Time Machine comes by default in all later versions as a strong backup utility. Apple has also created other backup tools prior to Time Machine; however, it is the first smartest application to serve the very purpose.

Plug an external storage drive into your Mac, you will be asked if you want to use the drive with Time Machine. If you allow, you will be able to use the drive with every other thing in addition to Time Machine. In the next few seconds, you can use the drive to backup your data through the utility. Moreover, next time, when you connect the drive, Time Machine will begin backing up everything; include the updated and new data. When the utility is set up, it needs a very little involvement of user and becomes visible when you want to restore data. In addition to creating a replica of your drive, it also creates incremental backups and allows you to go ‘back in time’ if you want to recover a deleted file.

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Cloning is another backup technique that allows you to create an exact copy of your hard drive. On your Mac, you can clone a drive with the help of Disk Utility that allows you to perform various other tasks; Disk Utility is a native tool integrated with all Macs. Perform the following procedure:

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  1. Launch Disk Utility that is available in Utilities in the Applications folder.
  2. In the appeared window, select the partition where you have installed OS.
  3. Switch to the ‘Restore‘ tab.
  4. You will see the OS partition that you have selected in the ‘Source‘ field.
  5. Select a partition on the external drive where you want to keep clone from the left pane, and drag and drop it to the ‘Destination‘ field.
  6. When you see the external drive partition in ‘Destination‘ field, click ‘Restore‘ to initiate the cloning process
  7. On completion, you will have a bootable clone of your hard drive. That means you can use the clone drive to boot your computer.


Imaging is the next backup technique provided by your Mac. The procedure will create an image of your hard drive that you can keep as a backup and use at a later point of time when data loss occurs. Disk Utility also allows you to image your Mac hard drive. See below how to use the utility for this purpose:

  1. Launch the Disk Utility from ‘Utilities‘ folder under Applications.
  2. Select the partition and click ‘New Image‘ located on the top menu bar.
  3. A dialog box will appear prompting you to enter various details.
  4. Once all the entries are filled, click on ‘Create‘ to create the image.

The image will be mounted on your desktop automatically. Note that the process may take time depending on the size of the volume you specified.

You are now aware of all the backup strategies your Mac machine provides. However, sometimes, you might not get expected results with any of them. In such cases, it is a good choice to go for an external backup software application that is specifically designed to take a valid and full backup of your hard drive. Many advanced applications provide different kinds of backup, such as incremental, differential, and full backup.

Vishal is an expert OS X user who loves every bit of his Mac machine. He is experimenting a lot with his Mac and sharing every single piece of useful information with OS X users.
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