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by Tom Nelson

How often have you heard the phrase “make sure you have a backup”? In our tips and articles, we tend to dispense that advice often, usually just before providing instructions for performing some task or other that could lead to data loss or has some level of risk associated with it.

So this time, instead of just telling you to have a current backup, we’re going to take you through the process of creating a basic backup system, and then expand it to a more robust and reliable system that can serve your needs for a long time to come.

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Phase One – Basic Time Machine: We’ll start with a basic Time Machine backup that needs only an external drive you can connect to your Mac. MacSales.com offers a wide variety of external drives, either an empty case that you can use to build your own custom storage system, or external storage devices complete with a drive, just waiting to be plugged into your Mac.

Phase Two – Multi-Drive Time Machine: The second phase will add redundancy and security to a Time Machine-based backup system by making use of Time Machine’s ability to work with multiple drives. A multi-drive Time Machine system allows for a lot of versatility, including the ability to create offsite backups.

Phase Three – Startup Clone: The third and final phase will add a second type of backup: a clone of your startup drive that will allow you to swiftly recover from a disastrous drive failure, and also allow you to quickly restore your Mac’s system and recover any Time Machine backup files you need.

You don’t actually have to move step-by-step through the phases, nor do you have to implement each phase. Selecting any one of the backup methods will go a long way toward securing your data, and selecting any Time Machine plus cloning option will create a very robust and reliable backup system that can serve just about any type of use to which you put your Mac.

Read more on Rocket Yard, The MacSales.com Blog

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