This guide shows you how to back up data from a MacBook Air/Pro or iMac to an external hard drive with or without Time Machine. You can get an overview of all these methods in this article and then choose the one you want to try.
Saving the smartphone is just a platitude. But what about saving the Mac? Of course, it is also very important. If you lose data from your computer, you can easily restore it from backup copies. Now you just have to read the details in this article to see how to save a Mac to an external hard drive.
How to save a Mac to an external hard drive with Time Machine
Time Machine is an integrated backup app for macOS. You can save your Mac to an external hard drive using Time Machine and then easily restore it for later use. Some may ask, “What is Time Machine Backup?” It is actually able to automatically back up everything on your Mac such as music, photos, movies, documents, system files, applications, accounts, preferences, and emails, etc. This backup application is completely free but requires external storage.
To back up your Mac with Time Machine, you’ll need:
- A high-capacity external storage device
- A Mac launching MacOS X Leopard or a later version
Now you can follow these steps in detail to save a Mac to an external hard drive with Time Machine:
Step 1: Before you save a MacBook Air/Pro or iMac, you need to format the external storage device for Mac.
Note: Time Machine supports extended Mac OS (journalized), Mac OS extended (case-sensitive, logged), Mac OS extended (case-sensitive, logged, encrypted), and Xsan. When you format your device, you need to choose one from the drop-down list.
Step 2: Connect your device to your Mac and you can use the disk with Time Machine. You’ll have to click the “Use as a backup disk” button.
Note: If the window doesn’t appear, you may be wondering, “Where is Time Machine on Mac?” You are advised to open it manually by going to the “Apple” – “Preference System” menu- “Time Machine.” Then you have to click “Choose a backup disk” by selecting it. Then just press “Use the disk.”
Step 3: Check the “Save Automatically” box to make an automatic backup for your Mac.
You can automatically back up your Mac by selecting your hard drive and checking it on this interface
Step 4: You’ll be able to set the backup frequency: every hour in the last 24 hours, daily backups for the previous month, and weekly backups for all previous months. Of course, it only works when your Mac is connected to a storage device. But what if we don’t connect it so often? All you need to do is click on the “Time Machine” icon in the menu bar and select “Save Now.”
Your first backup with Time Machine may take time. But future backups can be faster because they will only back up changes made since the last backup.
To selectively restore files from the Time Machine backup:
Step 1: Go to the “Apple” menu and choose “System Preferences” – “Time Machine.”
Step 2: Check the box next to it reading “Show Time Machine” in the menu bar.
Step 3: Click on the “Time Machine” icon in the menu bar and select “Enter Time Machine.”
Step 4: Choose the items you want to pick up and press the “Restore” button.
If you want to complete a complete restoration of a new Mac with Time Machine backup:
Step 1: Access the macOS restoration partition by holding down the “Command” and “R” keys. As a result, a utility window should appear.
Step 2: Select “Restore from a Time Machine backup” and press the “Continue” button.
Step 3: Browse the information on the page and tap the “Continue” button.
Step 4: Choose the time machine backup you want and click the “Continue” button.
Step 5: Select the latest backup for your hard drive and press the “Continue” button.
Step 6: Wait for the restoration process that will restart your Mac when it’s finished.
How to save a Mac to an external hard drive without a Time Machine
Another way to back up MacBook Air is to move important files to an external storage device with sufficient capacity to record data. But it can take time since you have to go into Ginder and search the files one by one. Generally, if there aren’t many files to back up, this is totally a good way to use.
But in case you need to back up a lot of different files or even your entire Mac, it’s recommended that you use Mac Backup software such as SuperDuper! , Carbon Copy Cloner and so on, which allows users to easily create start-up copies.