One of the most important and most overlooked tasks that all computer users should perform on a regular basis is a data backup. Unfortunately for too many of us, the first time we think about a backup is when our hard drive fails; and then it’s too late.
Time Machine, the backup software included with the Mac OS since OS X 10.5, lets you easily create and maintain current backups of all your important data. It also makes recovering lost files a simple, and dare I say fun, process.
Before you do anything else with your Mac, set up and make use of Time Machine.
Locate and Launch Time Machine
Time Machine needs a hard drive or drive partition to use as the container for all Time Machine data. You can use an internal or external hard drive as your Time Machine backup disc. If you’re going to use an external drive, it should be connected to your Mac and mounted on the desktop before you launch Time Machine.
- Click the ‘System Preferences’ icon in the Dock.
- Find and click on the ‘Time Machine’ icon, which should be located in the System group of icons.