Morning All

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve seen so many people recently who don’t back up, and didn’t realise how simple it is to do. It’s much easier to show you how easy the procedure of setting up Time Machine is, so that’s what I’ll do today.

If you need help in selecting a suitable backup drive, please get in touch through any of the usual methods (social media links top left of screen, via the contact page or the comments below).

There are a few little points I wanted to put across though:

  • Use as big a hard drive as you can find for your backups. TM keeps history of hourly backups in the last 24 hours, daily backups for the previous month and weekly backups until your drive is out of space, at which point it will delete your oldest weekly backup. SO the more space you have on your backup drive, the more historical backups you will be able to keep. e.g. if you are running a machine with 500GB of data, a 500GB external drive will only keep the latest copy of everything. Increase the size and you will have sufficient room to store some history.
  • If you are using an external drive for backups, use as long a lead as possible and put the drive away somewhere safely. If the worst were to happen, and your house or office is broken tom thieves generally will go for what they perceive as the valuable items. If your backup drive is sitting next to your computer there’s a chance they;ll take that too. Put the drive in a less obvious place and you at least stand a chance of having a recoverable copy of all your data.
  • In OS X 10.8 (Lion) or later, you can configure two backup locations. This is perfect for people using an Apple wireless router (either a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme). We strongly recommend using two backup locations in this way; get in touch with us if you need help.

Have a great day